Study of the U.S. Institute Scholar Program

U.S. Embassy Banjul is accepting applications for the Summer 2018 Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars.


The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign scholars and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars will take place during six weeks beginning in or after June 2018.  Each Institute includes a four-week academic residency component and up to two weeks of an integrated study tour.  Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars will focus on the following themes: American Politics and Political Thought, Contemporary American Literature, Journalism and Media, Religious Pluralism in the United States, U.S. Culture and Society, and U.S. Foreign Policy.

Who can apply?

Study of the U.S. Institutes are highly competitive.  Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component; who have no prior or only limited experience in the United States; and who have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.  Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced scholars and professionals generally from institutions of higher education or research focused organizations.  Candidates should hold graduate degrees, with strong English proficiency.  U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States are not eligible.

 How to apply?                                                                                                                  

Send a complete application packet to, or drop off your complete application at the U.S. Embassy on Kairaba Avenue, Attention: Public Diplomacy Office.  The U.S. Embassy must receive your completed proposal by December 29, 2017. 

 Your application packet must include:

  • Your CV or resume, with complete contact information, including a valid email address.
  • A completed application form,, or by request at
  • A statement of interest, discussing why you wish to participate in this program. Include what you will gain from and bring to the program, and your capacity and plans to amplify the impact of your participation beyond your own knowledge and research.

Incomplete application packets will not be considered.  Final candidate selection will take place in Washington DC.  Successful applicants will be notified in April, 2018.

More information about the Study of the U.S. Institutes exchange program is available on their website:  If you have any further questions, please contact us at