Deadline: January 15, 2021

Applications are open for the U.S. Embassy in Zambia Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership 2021. The SUSI Student Leader programs are intensive short-term academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.

The five-week Institute will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. The Institute will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week.  During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom. The program is tentatively scheduled to begin June 2021.


  • Open to female undergraduate students between the ages of 18-25;
  • Should be interested in the topic of Women’s Leadership;
  • Have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and therefore committed to return to their home universities following completion of the program;
  • Highly motivated and demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community;
  • Speak English fluently (participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to be full and active participants in all seminar and panel discussions);
  • Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
  • Mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful and inquisitive;
  • Willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel;
  • 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.


  • Provide a personal statement (one page): Tell them about yourself and your goals including the following: What about your background and/or interests makes you competitive for the SUSI program? What will you contribute to the program? How will the program affect you personally and professionally? What makes you a strong candidate, and what you expect to get out of the experience? (Max 500 words)
  • Attach CV.

Submit applications via email at [email protected] or contact the Public Affairs Office at 0211-357426 if you have any questions.

For more information, visit SUSI.

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