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New York Branch


SUMMER STUDY 2016 in the United Kingdom

The New York Branch will award two scholarships to an instructor of English, humanities, drama, or history to engage in three weeks of formal study in the British Universities Summer Schools Program at the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh or Shakespeare's Globe in London. One scholarship will cover tuition, accommodation and most meals. The other scholarship will provide $1000 towards tuition. International airfare is the responsibility of both teachers.


The ESU BUSS Scholarship is made possible through the generous contributions of its members.

Please read the following instructions carefully.

1.  Applications should be emailed no later than Friday, February 5, 2016 at 4pm.   Please mail your application with all required documents to:

The English-Speaking Union of the United States
Alice Uhl, International Programs Manager
144 East 39th Street New York NY 10016

2.  Interviews will be held on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 4pm-7pm and are by invitation only. 

If you are interested in becoming a BUSS Scholar for the Summer of 2016, please complete the following steps:

  1. Start your application Here to be considered for the New York City Branch BUSS Scholarship.

  2. Go to for information on 2016 courses and dates.

  • The ESU wants each applicant to fully understand the requirements of accepting a summer-study scholarship; therefore, below is additional information for the applicant's consideration.
  • Scholarships are offered only to a middle and high school educators in New York City and surrounding counties.

  • Applicants must have completed at least four years of full-time classroom teaching in one of the areas in which the scholarships are offered.

  • Applicants must intend to remain in the classroom for at least three years here in New York following their summer study as the purpose of granting teachers this experience is for them to take the knowledge gained back into the classroom and actively share it with students and colleagues.

  • The scholarship programs are intensive and demanding.  Travel to a foreign country requires stamina and diplomacy coupled with a willingness to learn about the customs of other cultures. 

  • A valid US passport is required for travel, and a visa may be required.

  • The scholar's role, in addition to being a student, is to be an ambassador for both the English-Speaking Union and the teaching profession.

  • The  successful applicant will sign a contract with the ESU, New York Branch wherein s/he agrees to repay the entire scholarship amount if for any reason s/he fails to fulfill the entire course of study.

  • The successful applicant is required to attend an award reception March 10, 2016 at the NYC Shakespeare Competition Finals.

  • The successful applicant is required to attend a mandatory ESU meeting in the Fall of 2016 and provide an 8-10 minute presentation highlighting her or his summer experience.  

  • The successful applicant is expected to become an active member in the English-Speaking Union, New York Branch.  Membership for 2016-17 will be paid by the New York Branch as part of the scholarship.

  • Shakespeare's Globe Scholarship recipient is expected to be actively involved as one of the hosts at the ESU, New York Branch Shakespeare Competition in Spring 2017.

  • The successful applicant is required to provide professional development to their school and possibly at a branch sponsored teacher workshop.


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