What degree of English proficiency is required?
All applicants must be fully proficient in English; throughout the Institute you will need to fully understand lectures, actively participate in discussions, and read and write assignments in English.
How much free time/time for independent research will be available during the program?
There will be some free time during the program as well as some time designated for independent research. However, it is important to understand that this is an intensive academic program with required participation in all lectures, activities, and scheduled events. Participants in Scholar Institutes may, at their own expense, opt to extend their stay in the United States after the close of their program to the extent allowed by visa regulations.
I am not a college professor; can I be considered for the program?
Yes. We will consider nominees from a variety of professional backgrounds including: professors at all stages of their careers, practitioners in a designated field, college and university administrators, and community leaders, among others.
Would I have time to visit relatives in the U.S.?
Because of the intensive nature of the Institutes, participants will not be able to leave the Institute to visit relatives or friends. Participants in Scholar Institutes may, at their own expense, opt to extend their stay in the United States after the close of their program to the extent allowed by visa regulations.
Also note that relatives are not permitted to travel or stay with a participant during the program. There are no exceptions to this rule.
How much money will I need to bring if selected for the program?
The U.S. Department of State covers all participation costs including transportation, lodging, and meals. Participants should bring their own spending money if they wish to purchase souvenirs or other items during their time in the United States. All participating scholars will receive a stipend to purchase books and research materials while in the U.S. as well as a certain amount to cover mailing costs.