University of Texas at Austin

How It Works

The President’s Award for Global Learning is the signature program of the International Board of Advisors and provides funding to conceptualize and implement international projects.

Ocean view during sunset in Sydney, Australia.

1. Faculty Form Teams and Identify Global Challenge

Teams are comprised of 2-3 interdisciplinary faculty working with an international partner. Faculty identify a topic that can be addressed in a global context and is not specifically related to an individual’s research agenda, but rather will be strengthened from an interdisciplinary perspective.

2. Faculty Programs Selected

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of faculty and academic administrators chaired by the Senior Vice Provost for Global Engagement, who will make recommendations to President Hartzell for final approval.

3. Student Teams Propose Projects within Faculty Team’s Program

Teams of 3-4 students propose a project that fits within the faculty program’s topic. Each faculty program can select up to 3 teams (8-12 students total).

4. Project-Based Course and Travel

Awarded student teams will enroll in a 3-credit spring course to complete their project and a 1-credit fall reflection course. The course will be taught by the faculty team and leverage technology to include the international partner. Projects can include up to two international trips for a maximum of four weeks abroad during the program.

Selection Process and Timeline

Summer 2021

Faculty teams submit proposals focused on a topic that addresses a global challenge. Faculty programs are selected.


Fall 2021

Students form teams and propose projects within the faculty program topics. Student teams are selected.


Spring 2022

Faculty and students actively work on projects in a 3-credit course that focuses on the technical, cultural, and language/linguistic aspects associated with the global challenge. The course leverages technology to connect the students with the international partners. Students and faculty can schedule travel to the project site for 1-2 weeks.


Summer 2022

Faculty/student teams continue to work on projects and can travel to the project site for 1-2 weeks (or up to 4 weeks if there is one period of travel).


Fall 2022

Students enroll in a 1-credit course that focuses on project outcomes, including sharing lessons learned, disseminating information pertinent to the project to local and regional audiences, and increasing visibility for the identified global challenge. Students and faculty can schedule travel to the project site for 1-2 weeks.