The President’s Award for Global Learning is the signature program of the International Board of Advisors and provides funding to student teams to take on international projects.
01 Form a Team
Teams are comprised of 2-4 students from different majors, one faculty leader and up to two faculty mentors, and an international partner.
02 Select a Region
There are 7 eligible regions, including Europe, Russia, and the Caucasus; Sub-Saharan Africa; Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia; East Asia; South/Southeast Asia and Oceania; South America; Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
03 Choose a Topic
Projects can be proposed within three themes: expanding existing research, social impact, or entrepreneurship.
Form a Team
Teams are comprised of 2-4 students from different majors, one faculty leader and up to two faculty mentors from different departments. International students are eligible and encouraged to participate. Project teams can be formed in various ways:
A faculty member identifies students and additional faculty to comprise a team around a particular project leveraging existing international relationships.
Student-initiative teams approach faculty members to serve as faculty leads/mentors for their project idea.
The International Office can introduce faculty and students based on interest and project ideas.
Select a Region
Projects must be located in one of seven eligible regions. Only one project per region will be selected to receive the award. The regions, identified by the International Board of Advisors, include Europe, Russia, and the Caucasus; Sub-Saharan Africa; Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia; East Asia; South/Southeast Asia and Oceania; South America; Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
All proposals must adhere to the UT International Travel Policy. The countries listed should be cross-checked with the UT Restricted Regions List. Teams proposing projects in countries on the Restricted Regions List are encouraged to seek advice on travel compliance from the International Office Global Risk and Safety team.
« 7 Regions »
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela
Central America, Mexico, & the Caribbean
Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Martin, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago
South/Southeast Asia and Oceania
Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Federated States of, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New, Zealand, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri, Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam
China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, Republic of Korea, Taiwan
Middle East, North Africa & Central Asia
Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, State of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, West Bank
Europe, Russia, and the Caucasus
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial, Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Choose a Topic
Proposals must align with one of the following three topic areas.
Expanding Existing Research
Student-driven projects in which the teams’ research or anticipated findings contribute significantly to advancing knowledge in scholarly disciplines or field. Ideally, these projects will leverage the breadth and depth of UT’s research capabilities and existing strengths.
An achievable initiative that will positively impact a social challenge to improve the quality of life in a sustainable way for members of a community in one of the eligible regions.
Create value through a new venture that brings together ideas, people, and capital, as well as other enabling mechanisms, in service of benefiting all stakeholders.
Two finalists will be selected per region and announced in the Fall semester following proposal submission. Finalists will present to a committee appointed by the university president. Seven teams, one for each region, will be selected for the distinguished award.