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Campus Internationalization Event Fund

Cultivating a global mindset is essential to preparing the UT community to contribute, succeed, and lead in an increasingly interconnected world. Based on this assertion, Texas Global is committed to supporting exposure to regional politics and histories, foreign languages, literature, global arts and culture, and to contrasting global perspectives by equipping the UT community with the skills and intercultural acumen needed to make a positive impact and address the world’s most pressing challenges.

Program Description

The Campus Internationalization Event Fund is designed to strengthen global engagement on the Forty Acres. Texas Global will accept proposals – for up to $10,000 – from academic units sponsoring high-impact, globally-oriented events involving multiple colleges and schools and that will reach broad and diverse audiences (200 or more attendees). Examples of appropriate events include academic conferences, symposia, lectures, musical performances, artistic exhibitions, or other interactive events that promote internationalization on campus.

Eligibility

The Campus Internationalization Event Fund is open to colleges, schools, and academic units (CSUs) reporting to the executive vice president and provost. Events must be held on UT’s campus. Virtual or off-campus events are not eligible.

Application Information

Proposals may be submitted on a rolling basis – beginning August 1, 2021 – and will be accepted until such time that the allocated $50,000 budget has been exhausted for the current academic year. Proposals must be submitted via InfoReady. Proposers will receive a decision within three weeks of submitting a proposal.

Apply in InfoReady

Title Page

The title page (half-page maximum) should include:

  • A descriptive title of the proposed event;
  • The date(s) of the proposed event;
  • The event sponsors/collaborators;
  • A one-paragraph summary, suitable for public dissemination, about the proposed event; and
  • A primary point of contact, including name, title, e-mail address, telephone number, and CSU.

Proposal Narrative

The proposal narrative (two-page maximum) should include:

  • A description of the proposed event, including the rationale, impact, and significance for the UT community; dates; and expected attendees (including number and type of attendees);
  • How the proposed event will support campus internationalization at UT Austin;
  • A listing of co-sponsors/collaborators and funding commitments from such co-sponsors/collaborators, as well as an explanation of how and why the proposed event will attract diverse audiences; and
  • A plan of how the event will be publicized to generate interest.

Sample Events:

  1. The College of Liberal Arts (COLA), along with multiple other CSUs and outside organizations, is hosting the XVI Meeting of International Historians of Mexico. It is the first time UT Austin will host the event since 1958. The theme of the meeting is the history of federalism in Mexican history and commerates the first 100 years of the Benson Collection at UT Austin. It will attract scholars of Mexican history from around the globe.
  2. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese (COLA), the Department of Radio-Television-Film (Moody College), and the Michener Center for Writers (the Graduate School), along with other co-sponsors, hosted Laura Esquivel – an internationally renowned creative writer. The lecture commemorated the 30th anniversary of the publication of Esquivel’s bestselling novel, which inspired the award-winning film directed by Alfonso Arau with a screenplay by Esquivel. The event attracted participants from across UT Austin ans was free and open to the public.

Budget

The budget (one-page maximum) should include a summary of how event funds will be used. The maximum award amount is $10,000. Sample budget categories include space rental, honoraria, meals, supplies, airfare, lodging, etc. The budget must include all additional funding commitments from co-sponsors/collaborators. Event funds will not be disbursed until expenses have been incurred. Event funds are not intended for salary support or stipends for UT Austin employees.  

Letters of Support

  • Letter(s) of support from the most appropriate academic leadership (e.g., department chair, center director, dean, etc.) at UT Austin for the proposed event.
  • Letter(s) of support and commitment from additional CSUs outside of the applicant’s CSU that demonstrates intra-institutional collaboration.
  • Letter(s) of support from additional funding sources, including the amount of additional funding.

Supporting Documentation

Supporting documentation may include a draft agenda, promotional materials, or other relevant information. Please reference any supporting documentation in the proposal narrative. 

Review

Proposals will be selected based on the following criteria.

  • Inclusion of all required application materials;
  • Rationale and thoroughness of the proposal narrative; and
  • Impact of the proposed event on campus internationalization and clear explanation of how beneficial the event will be for the intended audience(s).

Proposals will be reviewed by representatives of Texas Global who will make recommendations to the senior vice provost for global engagement for final approval. Recipients will be required to submit a brief report on the use of funds upon conclusion of the event.