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Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Young Women Leaders on Public Policy

2024 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Young Women Leaders on Public Policy

Application Deadline:  Friday, November 10, 2023

Submit application via this this link: https://forms.gle/2nbu9vtrVoZmcW5R8

The U.S. Embassy seeks qualified Zambian women to apply for the Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for female Student Leaders on Public Policy.  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 SUSI for Young Women Leaders on Public Policy will examine topics including, but are not limited to, women in public service, the roles of government, private sector, civil society, and media in the policymaking process, and public policy as it relates education, public health, economic issues, technology and privacy, and diversity and inclusion, among others. The program is tentatively scheduled to begin June 2024.

Virtual Program Contingency: Should health, safety, and travel conditions continue to pose significant challenges, the SUSI will pivot to a virtual format.  The virtual program would consist of a minimum of 36 hours of required programming with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning.  To the extent possible, the virtual programming would include lectures, small group discussions, videos, readings, panels, site visits, leadership development, assignments, and individual and group activities.  Participants would be expected to fully participate in the entire virtual program from their locations.



  • Female undergraduate students between the ages of 18-25
  • Should be interested in the topic of Public Policy.
  • 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.


Submit application via this this link: https://forms.gle/2nbu9vtrVoZmcW5R8

For more information please contact the Public Affairs Office at 0211-357426 or via email at LusakaExchanges@state.gov or visit: https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/study-us-institutes-scholars.