President’s Award for Global Learning

I wanted to share information with you all about the President’s Award for Global Learning. Recently initiated by the International Board of Advisors as their signature effort, the program provides funding and support to interdisciplinary teams of students and faculty to design and implement a project in one of seven eligible regions.

How it works
Project proposals are submitted by teams of 2-4 students all from different majors alongside 2-3 faculty members. Teams will work within the three pre-identified themes with international partners to implement a project. Students receive a total of 10 credits.

Project themes
Projects can be proposed within three themes in the seven eligible regions:
1. Expanding existing research
2. Social impact
3. Entrepreneurship

Financial support
In addition to $25,000 for project implementation costs, the award provides the following support:

All students who submit a proposal will receive funding to apply for a passport, if they do not already have one
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 credit hours summer 2019
The award also covers all international travel expenses

Upon completion of the project, teams will be honored at a dinner hosted by the president in Fall 2019.

Faculty involvement
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. In return for their participation, faculty receive:

$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
Full administrative support
Opportunity to be involved in the International Board of Advisor’s signature program

Eligibility
In order to apply, undergraduate students must satisfy the following requirements:
Second-year classification, sophomore status
Transfer students in their first year at UT, but with transferred hours classified as sophomores are eligible.
Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA*
Good standing with the university**
Students must be enrolled fall semester following summer participation
First-year students with sophomore status are not eligible to participate
Architecture students are eligible in their second and third years.

Graduate students interested in being a part of the program as Graduate Assistants to selected teams should contact presidentsaward@austin.utexas.edu.

Proposals
There is still time to form a team and submit a proposal ahead of the June 15th deadline! Learn more and apply at world.utexas.edu/presidents-award.

Best,
LAURA KAPLAN, M.A. Senior Program Coordinator, Special Projects
International Office | The University of Texas at Austin | (512) 232-9596 | lauraf@austin.utexas.edu | world.utexas.edu
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