2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders from Europe

• Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
• Youth, Education, and Closing the Skills Gap

The Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission announces the competition for the 2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders from Europe, a five-week academic program in the U.S. for undergraduate students. The Institutes are an all-expense paid program in the U.S., 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: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development; Youth, Education, and Closing the Skills Gap

Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
The Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Europe on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development will provide participants with an overview of entrepreneurial approaches by reviewing the development, history, challenges, and successes of U.S. entrepreneurial enterprises, including social enterprises, business leadership and women’s economic empowerment, in the United States and globally. Topics may include, but are not limited to, trade, investment, financial literacy, banking, microfinance, organizational development and management, innovation, emerging markets and risk analysis, strategic business planning, corporate social responsibility, and minorities in entrepreneurship. To the extent possible, academic sessions will be complemented with hands-on sessions or workshops designed to build skills in the topics mentioned above.

Youth, Education, and Closing the Skills Gap
The Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Europe on Youth, Education, and Closing the Skills Gap will explore how advances in technologies such as artificial intelligence, automation, and robotics are shaping how we work, where we work, and the skills and education required to work. The Institute will expose participants to global issues in the context of the future of work by examining educational, social and economic trends. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the academic program will examine the role of U.S. educational institutions, particularly community colleges, in preparing Americans with the skills needed to succeed in multiple industries and sectors including business, technology, science, higher education, the creative arts and other fields. Topics may include, but are not limited to, communication, entrepreneurship and the gig economy, globalization and urbanization, innovation and technology, organizational development and management, skills development, and reskilling and retraining. The Institute will also provide opportunities for participants to engage with educational and industry leaders, policy makers, trade associations and other key actors.

Grant duration: 5 weeks in the June to August, 2019 timeframe

Host U.S. university:

Applicants must meet the following criteria:  
•    have Romanian citizenship and study in Romania;
•    be proficient in English;
•    be interested in the Institute topic;
•    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 2019 are not eligible);
•    be between 18 and 25 years of age;
•    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 the program experience.

Each applicant will be required to submit:
•  an application form to be downloaded from: Application form 2019_Study of the U.S. Institutes
•  scanned academic transcripts for undergraduate level.

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:
January 15, 2019

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

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