2017 Study of the U.S. Institutes for European Student Leaders



Civic Engagement and Environmental Issues


The Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission announces the competition for the 2017 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; 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 Environmental Issues

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. The Institute on Civic Engagement will be hosted by the University of South Carolina.

Environmental Issues
The Study of the U.S. Institute for European Student Leaders on Environmental Issues will explore current themes in environmental studies, which may include natural resource management, sustainable development/ sustainable agricultural practices, food security, ecotourism, energy generation (new and traditional forms), and water management and treatment.  The program will be interactive and experiential, with field trips to research facilities and opportunities for classroom discussion. The issues will be explored from numerous angles: local grassroots activism and civic initiatives, market-oriented approaches, and federal government policies and regulation.  The Institute might also examine the relationship between environmental security and national security.  In addition, the Institute will explore environmental issues in the context of a globalized society, and will draw comparisons between the United States and the participants’ home countries.  We expect the Institute on Environmental Issues to provide opportunities for participants to engage with policy makers, individuals in technical positions, community representatives, indigenous leaders, and other key actors committed to the protection and management of the environment.  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. The Institute on Environmental Issues will be hosted by the University of Oregon.

Grant duration: 5 weeks, June-July of 2017

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 university following completion of the program (BA students finishing their undergraduate studies in the summer of 2017 are not eligible);
•    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 2017_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 6, 2017.

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

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