Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

ECA: Summer Institutes for European Student Leaders

Program Summary

The Summer Institutes for European Student Leaders are intensive academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate leaders an introduction to a specific field of study, while also heightening their awareness of the history and evolution of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions, broadly defined. In this context, the Institutes should incorporate a focus on contemporary American life, as it is shaped by historical and/or current political, social, and economic issues and debates. The role and influence of principles and values such as democracy, the rule of law, individual rights, freedom of expression, equality, and diversity and tolerance should be addressed.

Institute Themes

  1. The Summer Institute on Environmental Stewardship should use experiential learning techniques to expose participants to current themes in studies of the environment, including natural resource management, sustainable development/ sustainable agricultural practices, food security, ecotourism, energy generation (new and traditional forms), and water management and treatment.
  2. The Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Social Entrepreneurship should provide participants with an overview of social entrepreneurship in the United States including the development, history, challenges, and successes of U.S. social enterprises.


Applicant universities may submit only one proposal to administer either the Summer Institute on Environmental Stewardship or the Summer Institute on Social Entrepreneurship, but not both.

Award Information

If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, please contact Cheryl Ridgeway ( / 384-3332) in the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Date Due to DSP or UIF09/27/2012
Date Due to Sponsor10/04/2012
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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