Teams of 2-4 students all from different majors work alongside 2-3 faculty members and an international partner to propose a project. Awarded teams will receive project funding and additional support to implement the project.
Student teams are comprised of a minimum of two or maximum of four students, all from different majors and/or colleges and schools. International students are eligible and encouraged to participate on a student team. If a team has not identified a faculty leader and/or faculty mentors, the International Office will work to match teams with faculty members. Faculty mentors and leaders may advise and provide guidance, but all planning and execution of the projects are the responsibility of the students.
The deadline to apply is June 14, 2019.
- All student finalists who do not win the full project award will receive a $1,000 scholarship
Awarded student teams will receive full tuition coverage of 6 summer credit hours
- The award also covers all:
- International travel expenses
- International health insurance
- International living expenses
In-country cultural immersion experiences for the team
$25,000 project implementation budget for the team
Award dinner reception hosted by the president
In order to apply, undergraduate students must satisfy the following requirements:
Targeted for students with second-year classification, sophomore status
Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA*
Good standing with the university**
Students must be enrolled 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 due to a first-time violation may apply and participate. Students on academic probation for repeat or serious offenses may not apply or participate.
*** Teams can include one graduate student. Graduate students will participate in the program as Graduate Assistants who travel with and support the project. Graduate students on awarded teams will receive a stipend and all travel expenses will be covered as part of the award. Graduate students on awarded teams will be vetted by the International Office for their role as a 24/7 emergency support coordinator in-country.
Faculty are critical to the success of this important initiative. Faculty provide project and/or regional expertise to advise student teams throughout all project phases. All UT faculty, including tenured tracked and non-tenured tracked positions, are encouraged to participate. Faculty are urged to consider their existing research interests or international relationships and use this opportunity to think about them in a new way which highlights interdisciplinary student learning. The goal is for faculty to help students identify a new problem space and appropriate project or research-based questions within this area.
$9,000 honorarium for faculty leaders
$5,000 honorarium for faculty mentors
Summer salary allowance
All international travel expenses
International living expenses up to $9,000 (based on time spent in-country)
$5,000 budget for in-country cultural experiences for the team
$25,000 project implementation budget for the team
The minimum eligibility for faculty to participate in the program is:
Receive approval from respective department chair or dean for inclusion in the proposal packet
Attend an information session or meet with International Office staff to review the roles and expectations of the program before submitting a proposal
Commit to fulfill all program expectations, including a minimum of two weeks abroad during the summer implementation
Selection Process and Timeline
Two finalists will be selected per region and announced in Fall. Finalists will present to a committee appointed by the university president. Seven teams, one for each region, will be selected for the distinguished award.
Spring Semester Sophomore Year
Students attend a series of trainings and workshops to form teams and develop their proposals. Faculty attend networking sessions and connect with International Office to find eligible students.
Fall Semester Junior Year
Finalists are announced. Finalist teams receive pitch training and deliver pitch to a review committee selected by the President. Award winners are announced.
Spring Semester Junior Year
Faculty and students from awarded teams actively work on projects. Students enroll in a 3-credit course to prepare for summer project implementation. Course is led by faculty, in collaboration with the International Office.
Teams travel to work with international partners and implement projects. Faculty are on site for minimum of two weeks.
Fall Semester Senior Year
Students return and enroll in 1-credit course to bring their experience back and enhance the UT community
If you are eligible and interested in submitting a proposal, your first step is to attend an information session to learn more about the application and implementation process.