2016 Study of the U.S. Institutes for European Student Leaders



Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship


The Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission announces the competition for the 2016 Study of the U.S. Institutes for European Student Leaders, a five-week academic program for young people pursuing post-secondary education. The Institutes are an all-expense paid program, including program administration; international and domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence. Participants will be enrolled in ASPE, the Bureau's Accident Sickness Program for Exchanges. 

Eligible Fields: Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship

Civic Engagement
The Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Europe on Civic Engagement will provide participants with an overview of how citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and groups.  The academic program will define civic engagement, examine its development in the United States, and explore topics such as citizenship, community building, economic development, grassroots activism, political leadership, and volunteerism.  Other topics such as civil rights, entrepreneurship, ethics, leadership, and media will be discussed.  Students will also have the opportunity to leave the classroom to meet with community leaders, entrepreneurs, and representatives of non-profit organizations. The academic residency will be complemented by an educational tour that will take participants to another area of the U.S. where they will meet with local, state, private, and not-for-profit organizations working in the field.  The Institute will then conclude with a visit to Washington, D.C. 

Social Entrepreneurship
The Study of the U.S. Institute for European Student Leaders on Social Entrepreneurship will examine social entrepreneurship in the United States, including the development, history, challenges, and successes of U.S. social enterprises.  The program will be interactive and experiential, and will combine classroom instruction with panel discussions, business visits, and volunteer opportunities. The Institute will give participants a foundation in how to employ entrepreneurial skills to address social issues and will provide opportunities to meet with American local community leaders.  The Institute may address topics such as business ethics, negotiations, emerging markets and risk analysis, microfinance, corporate social responsibility, strategic business planning and innovation, and women and minorities in entrepreneurship. The academic residency will be complemented by an educational tour that will take participants to another area of the U.S. where they will meet with local, state, private, and not-for-profit organizations working in the field. The Institute will then conclude with a visit to Washington, D.C.

Grant duration: 5 weeks, summer of 2016

Applicants must meet the following criteria:  
 
•    have Romanian citizenship and study in Romania;
•    be proficient in English;
•    be interested in the Institute topic;
•    be between 18 and 25 years of age;
•    have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and therefore be committed to return to their home universities following completion of the program;
•    demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities;
•    indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
•  have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
•    demonstrate commitment to community and extracurricular university activities;
•    have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country;
•    be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive;
•   be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel;
•   be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country;
•    be prepared to submit a report to the Fulbright Commission on their program experience. 

Each applicant will be required to submit:
•  an application form to be downloaded from: Application form 2016_Study of the U.S. Institutes
•  scanned academic transcripts for undergraduate level.

NOTE:
the application includes the reference form to be completed and signed by two evaluators.

Please submit your application, including the essay, in word format; transcripts and references should be scanned and sent as PDFs. All the documents are to be sent at office@fulbright.ro
no later than: February 8, 2016.

For further details, please send your inquiries to office@fulbright.ro

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