Request for Proposals: Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Global Student Leaders

Issuance Date: February 14, 2022
Proposal Deadline: March 14, 2022


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Program Summary

The FY2022 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Global Student Leaders (GSL) is an intensive academic program whose purpose is to provide multinational groups undergraduate students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The program will incorporate four-week academic residencies at 5 thematically focused Institutes, followed by a one-week educational study tour in a different region from the academic residency to showcase the geographic, demographic, ideological, and institutional diversity within the U.S. The program will also include a three-day event in Washington, DC that will host all Institute groups. 4 of the Institutes will occur in Summer 2023 and 1 Institute will occur in Winter 2024. The goal of the program is to provide multinational student leaders with an in-depth examination of a specific field of study, while also developing their leadership skills and heightening their awareness of the history and evolution of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.

It is Meridian’s intent to organize a consortium of up to 5 Institute partners to implement the SUSI GSL. Qualified U.S.-based colleges, universities, and affiliated higher education organizations based on a college or university campus that would like to be considered as a consortium partner for Meridian’s proposal should carefully review the information enclosed detailing proposal requirements and submit their proposal packages to the linked application submission form by no later than Monday, March 14, 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time. Meridian intends to assemble a diverse consortium of university Institute partners. As such, all eligible institutions are encouraged to apply, including community colleges; institutions serving rural communities; and Minority Serving Institutions.

Questions regarding the RFP may be directed to with subject line “SUSI GSL.” Meridian will not accept individual phone calls about the RFP. The full Department of State NOFO and POGI can be accessed here.

Pending successful implementation of this program and the availability of funds in subsequent fiscal years, it is ECA’s intent to renew this cooperative agreement for two additional consecutive fiscal years before openly competing it again.