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									                      Fulbright Study of the United States Institutes
                              for Foreign University Faculty

                               General Program Description

Study of the United States Institutes are six-week academic programs for multinational
groups of university faculty from outside the United States. Institutes are held at university
campuses throughout the U.S. and focus on a particular theme or topic about the U.S.
Eighteen foreign educators participate in each faculty Institute.

The purpose of these institutes is to strengthen curricula and improve the quality of
teaching about the United States in academic institutions overseas. Each program includes
two components: an intensive, four-week academic seminar and a study tour of up to two
weeks designed to reinforce the academic content of the seminar.

The topics for the 2006 multinational summer institutes will be announced in November

Please refer to the following description of the 2005 institutes for further information:

“U.S. Foreign Policy: Foundations and Formulation”
Dates: late June - early August
Suggested Participant Specialization: International Relations, Foreign Policy, History,
Political Science

Program Description: While the program will review the domestic institutional foundations
for U.S. foreign policy, the primary focus of this program will be to provide participants with
a deeper understanding of how U.S. foreign policy is conceptualized and enacted with
emphasis on the post Cold War era. This institute will examine the intersection of ideas
and structures in the development of U.S. foreign policy. Its focus will be on the main
philosophical traditions that have girded U.S. foreign policy; the grand strategies and
frameworks that have been developed out of these philosophical trends; and, what actors
— both governmental and non-governmental — shape U.S. foreign policy at various
stages from its conceptualization to its enactment. An overarching goal of the program is to
illuminate the relationship between U.S. policies and the political, social and economic
forces in the United States that constitute the domestic context in which such policies are
debated, formulated and executed. Ideally, the program will be structured in such a way as
to give attention to U.S. policy both globally and in particular geographic areas and to
examine the role of U.S. foreign policy within the context of international relations and
international institutions.
2. “Contemporary American Literature”
Dates: late June - early August
Suggested Participant Specialization: American Literature, American Studies

Program Description: This program will focus on recent American literature and criticism.
It will explore contemporary American writers and writing in a variety of genres and will
suggest how the themes explored in those works reflect larger currents within
contemporary American society and culture. The program will explore the diversity of the
American literary landscape, examining how major contemporary writers, schools and
movements reflect the traditions of the American literary canon and, at the same time,
represent a departure from that tradition, establishing new directions for American

The subject institute will offer a multi-dimensional and academically rigorous examination
of contemporary American literature, including a significant amount of literary theory and
criticism. The program content (including texts, readings and seminar sessions) will be very
demanding, and will only be appropriate for participants who have significant prior
knowledge of American literature and of literary theory, criticism and practice. Participants
will also need very strong English language ability.

3. “Religious Pluralism in the United States”
Dates: late June - early August

Suggested Participant Specialization: Political Science, Sociology, Religion, History,
American Studies

Program Description: This program will focus on the American religious experience and
its intersection with democracy. Employing a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on fields
such as history, political science, sociology, anthropology, law and others where
appropriate, the program will explore both the historical and contemporary relationship
between church and state in the United States; examine the ways in which religious
thought and practice have influenced and been influenced by the development of American
democracy; examine the intersections of religion and politics in the United States in such
areas as elections, public policy, and foreign policy; and explore the sociology and
demography of religion in the United States today, including a survey of the varieties of
contemporary religious belief and their impact on American politics.

4. “The Civilization of the United States — An Introduction
Host Institution: New York University [New York, NY]
Dates: June 11 – July 24, 2005 (tentative)
Suggested Participant Specialization: History, American Studies, American Literature,
English Language

Program Description: This program will be conducted by the Multinational Institute of
American Studies (MIAS) at New York University (NYU). This Institute is intended to
familiarize foreign university faculty with the major themes, disciplines and approaches
which, individually or in combination, could constitute the basis of a U.S. studies course or
program at a foreign university. The program will provide the participants with a highly
selective yet integrated introduction to the major themes — historical, political, literary, and
cultural — that scholars from abroad might want to present to their students in a
comprehensive course on U.S. Civilization

During a four-week residency segment at New York University and a two-week study tour
to New England, the southwest, and Washington, D.C., participants will be presented with
an intensive survey course which will integrate content and method from the following
major fields of study: U.S. history; U.S. government, politics, and law; U.S. literature; and
U.S. Society and culture. The central theme of the program, "The Reconciliation of Cultural
and Social Diversity with National Unity in the United States" is explored through the
following four sub-themes: 1) local autonomy and pluralism in America; 2) individual liberty
and the American creed; 3) cultural and social heterogeneity; and 4) national unity: social
and cultural integration. Each of the four sub-themes is examined in terms of contemporary
manifestations as well as the historical factors that account for them.

This examination will be carried out as follows: an initial orientation to the overall focus of
the program and a survey of recent scholarly and pedagogical trends in American studies
that are relevant to the program's central theme; lecture/discussions with noted scholars
representing different disciplines (history, politics, English, education, communications,
economics, art, and music); site visits to local communities, educational and cultural
institutions; panel discussions with leading representatives of different political views drawn
from education, labor, business, religion, politics, journalism and the arts; periodic
discussion sessions with program faculty and staff on the relationship of individual topics to
the overall theme of the program.

For further information on the FY04 program (e.g. to review the syllabus, daily calendar,
etc.), please visit

5. “U.S. Political Economy and the Global Economic System”
Host Institution: Dickinson College [Carlisle, PA]
Dates: June 26 – August 6
Suggested Participant Specialization: Economics, Political

Science/International Relations, International Business/Management

Program Description: The objective of the institute on "U.S. Political Economy and the
Global Economic System" is to enrich the participants' understanding of the American
political-economic model and its place within the larger context of the global economic
system. Through a combination of carefully selected readings, lectures by academic
experts, interaction with business and government leaders, group and panel discussions,
local site visits, and study tours to Washington, D.C. And New Orleans (plus a short visit to
New York City), the goal is to provide a multi-faceted but well-integrated analysis of U.S.
political economy.

Specifically, the goals of the institute include the following: to familiarize participants with
the evolution of the U.S. economic model and of U.S. economic policy, both domestic and
international; to help participants appreciate the philosophical, cultural, and historical roots
of contemporary U.S. Economic processes and policies; to familiarize participants with
processes of economic policy-making in the U.S. And with the relationship of the economy
and economic policy to the character and operation of the U.S. democracy; to expose
participants to the diversity of views on economic policy which exists in the U.S.; and to
encourage participants to think comparatively about the U.S. economic experience such
that their understanding of both the U.S. economy and their own home economy is

These goals are reflected in the academic design of the institute, which is divided into
modules addressing in turn "Foundations of the U.S. Economic Model," "Economic Policy
and Policy-Making," "The U.S. and the World Economy: Trade and Competitiveness," and
"The U.S. And the World Economy: Aid, Finance and Development."

For further information on the FY04 program (e.g. to review the syllabus, daily calendar,
etc.), please visit

6. “American Politics and Political Thought”
Dates: late June - early August
Suggested Participant Specialization: Political Science, Political Theory, Sociology,

Program Description: This program will provide participants with a deeper understanding
of U.S. political institutions and major currents in American political thought by focusing on
the interplay between ideas and institutions in shaping contemporary American polity. The
institute should provide an overview of the origins (constitutional foundations),
development and current functioning of the American presidency, Congress, and the
Federal Judiciary, however, examination of political institutions might be expanded to
include, for example, the two-party system, the civil service system, interest groups, or the
welfare/regulatory state. The institute should also and simultaneously survey important
currents in the history of American political thought, including but not limited to the political
thought of the founding period. In this context, the Branch for the Study of the U.S. is
particularly interested in providing the foreign participants insight into competing strains in
modern American political thought/culture, such as liberalism, republicanism (with a small
"r"), libertarianism, communitarianism, conservatism, neo-conservatism, etc. The institute
should review the provenance and trajectory of these different intellectual strands or
movements, and highlight how they have intersected with American political institutions to
shape public discourse and public policy formulations in the contemporary United States.
Program requirements and restrictions:

Attendance: Participants are expected to attend the entire program. They are also
expected to attend all lectures and non-optional organized activities and to complete
assigned readings. Family members and/or friends may not accompany participants on
any part of the program.

Methodology & Personal Research: Teaching methodology will not be addressed
formally in the institutes. Applicants should be aware that the institutes are very intensive
and that there will be very little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program. While
the equivalent of one day a week will be set aside for curricular research and independent
study, the Institute should NOT be viewed as a research program.

Smoking: All applicants should be aware that smoking areas are often restricted in the
United States, especially during domestic airline flights, in public buildings and on college
and university campuses.

Candidate qualifications:

Candidates should be highly motivated and experienced foreign university faculty and
professionals from institutions of higher learning. Some may also hold positions in relevant
government ministries. The ideal candidate will be an experienced professional with little or
no recent study experience in the U.S., whose home institution is seeking to introduce
aspects of U.S. studies into the curriculum; to develop new courses in the subject of the
institute; or, to enhance and update existing courses on the United States. In this respect,
while the nominee's scholarly and professional credentials are an important consideration
in determining their suitability for acceptance, how participation in the institute will enhance
course offerings in U.S. studies at the nominee's home institution is equally important.

Candidates should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level
academic program and study tour. While senior faculty members are eligible applicants,
first consideration is given to younger and mid-career faculty, and to persons who are likely
to be comfortable with campus life (including campus-style accommodations) and an active
six-week program.

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
limited recent firsthand academic experience in the U.S.;
and who have a special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through
past scholarship, accomplishments and professional duties.

Application procedure:
German candidates apply to the German-American Fulbright Commission by submitting
their application (see below) in paper to the following address:

Deutsch-Amerikanische Fulbright-Kommission
American Studies Summer Institutes (DoS)
Oranienburger Str. 13-14
10178 Berlin

In addition, please send the Application Form, the CV and the Statement of Purpose by
email to

Deadline to submit applications to the Fulbright Commission is December 31, 2005.

Application Material (to be submitted in English)

A) Application Form
B) CV including list of relevant publications
C) Statement of Purpose indicating
        (1) Current or projected extent of the U.S. Studies content of the
            course(s) being taught or developed by the candidate;
        (2) Likely relevance of the program to the professional duties of the
        (3) The potential impact of the candidate's participation in the program on
            the development of the study of the U.S. at their institution or school
            system (in terms of enhanced teaching and curricula, etc.);
D) Certificate of Proficiency in English (for applicants with a degree other than
English/American Studies)
E) Two Letters of Recommendation

The Fulbright Commission’s selection committee will conduct pre-selections and will
nominate the most qualified candidates to the Department of State. The final selection of
candidates is made by the Department of State. As soon as the Fulbright Commission is
notified about the participants, German nominees will be informed of the decision. Please
be advised that the Summer Institutes are announced internationally and are, therefore,
highly competitive.

                   Contact: Claudia Adams, Officer for Special Programs
               Fulbright Commission, Oranienburger Str. 13-14, 10178 Berlin
          Tel. 030-284443-771, Fax 030-284443-42, Email:

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