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 will select 12-15 students total.

5. 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 one or two international trips for a maximum of six weeks abroad during the program.


Selection Process and Timeline


Summer 2024

Faculty teams submit proposals focused on a topic that addresses a global challenge by June 1. Faculty programs are selected by the start of the fall semester.

Fall 2024

Students form teams and propose projects within the faculty program topics by November 1. Student teams are selected by December 1.

Spring 2025

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. Spring break travel is possible.

Summer 2025

Faculty/student teams continue to work on projects and can travel to the project site for up to six weeks.

Fall 2025

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 during winter term 2025-2026.