Study of the U.S. Institute Secondary Educators Program

U.S. Embassy Banjul is accepting applications for the Summer 2018 Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary School Educators.


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

The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators will take place during five weeks in June 2018.  Three Institutes for Secondary Educators will be offered, two with a focus on classroom teachers and the third with a focus on administrators, including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, and ministry of education officials.  The focus of the Institutes will be on providing content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States.  To this end, the Institutes are organized around a central theme or themes in U.S. civilization.  Each Institute will have 20 participants from around the world and will include a four-week academic residency component at a U.S. academic institution, and a one-week integrated study tour.

Who can apply?

Study of the U.S. Institutes are highly competitive.  Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced secondary school teachers and administrators, with strong English proficiency.

  • Candidates must have firm plans to enhance, update, or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus;
  • Candidates must be qualified to receive a United States J-1 visa;
  • 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, available on our website:, or by request at
  • A statement of interest discussing why you wish to participate in this program. Include your personal teaching philosophy, what you will 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