University of Texas at Austin

How to Apply

Interdisciplinary faculty teams will propose to address a global challenge in collaboration with an international partner. Student teams will propose projects that fit within the topics of the faculty team’s awarded proposals.

For Faculty

Faculty are critical to the success of the President’s Award for Global Learning.

Faculty teams are comprised of 2-3 faculty. Faculty form interdisciplinary teams and identify both a global challenge and an international partner, considering how their project and/or regional expertise contribute to the team. The proposed challenge has to be one that can be addressed in a global context, strengthened from an interdisciplinary perspective and is not specifically related to an individual’s research agenda. The faculty team should consider how to expand existing research interests or international relationships to incorporate interdisciplinary student learning. Students will then identify a new problem space and appropriate project or research-based questions within this area and will work under the faculty leadership throughout all phases of the program.

Each faculty team/student cohort will engage in experiential learning with both on-campus coursework and international travel.  Faculty teams, in virtual collaboration with the international partner(s), will teach two courses to the program participants:

  1. Spring 2022: A 3-credit course that focuses on the technical, cultural, and language/linguistic learning aspects associated with both the global challenge and the student projects. Language/cultural instruction may be taught by a member of the faculty team or by an outside specialist
  2. Fall 2022: A 1-credit course that focuses on project outcomes, including sharing lessons learned, disseminating information pertinent to the project to local and regional audiences, as appropriate, and increasing visibility for the identified global challenge

Travel to one or two international locations (2 weeks per trip or one four-week trip) may occur during spring/summer 2022, and/or December 2022-January 2023 (winter break).

All UT faculty, including tenure-track and non-tenure track positions, are encouraged to apply.

Award Details

  • $9,000 honorarium for faculty leaders

  • All international travel expenses covered

  • $5,000 program implementation budget

  • Administrative support from Texas Global


The minimum eligibility for faculty to participate in the program is:

  1. Attend or view an information session or meet with Texas Global staff to review the faculty roles and program expectations before submitting a proposal.

  2. A letter of support from the most appropriate academic leadership (e.g., department chair, center director, etc.) at UT Austin for the proposed collaboration for each faculty member. The letter must include a statement of support for the faculty member to co-teach the 3-credit and 1-credit courses.

  3. Written acknowledgement from the dean for each faculty member in support of the proposal and indicating their support for the faculty to co-teach the fall and spring courses.

  4. Commit to fulfill all program expectations, including travel with the team for up to two trips ( maximum of four weeks of travel).

The deadline to submit a proposal via InfoReady is July 12, 2021.

For Students

Student teams are comprised of 2-4 students from different majors and/or colleges and schools. International students are eligible and encouraged to participate. Individual student projects will be considered if appropriately justified and under exceptional circumstances.

Details on how to apply will be posted at the beginning of the fall 2021 semester. The deadline to apply will be November 1, 2021.

Award Details

  • The award covers international travel expenses, living expenses, and health insurance


In order to apply, undergraduate students are required to satisfy the following requirements:

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA*

  • Good standing with the university**

  • Students have to be enrolled in the fall semester following summer participation

* Students with a GPA below 3.0 will be considered if endorsed by a faculty member.

** Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing to apply to and participate in international education opportunities. Student may not be on disciplinary probation, suspension or deferred suspension at the time of application, prior to or during their time abroad. Students on academic probation may not apply or participate.

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.

Get Started

If you are eligible and interested in submitting a proposal, attend an information session to learn more about the application and implementation process.

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