Learning Across Borders (LABs)


The Learning Across Borders program (LABs) supports faculty-led programs of short duration (1-2 weeks) that allow faculty members to share their scholarship with students in an international context and connect to curricular themes outside of the traditional classroom. These can be curricular or co-curricular programs (the latter being activities outside of but complementary to the official curriculum, such as a civic or service activity outside the classroom) with the goal of providing opportunities for faculty members to contribute their scholarly expertise in a way that enriches students’ academic experience and fosters global perspectives in the existing curriculum. Beyond the obvious benefits to students, LABs projects also allow faculty members the opportunity to share intellectual interests with students and colleagues outside of defined research expectations and disciplinary boundaries and to support exploration in new or emerging areas of intellectual inquiry.

Awards of up to $50,000 will be considered and priority will be given to proposals for new projects over those previously funded by other sources. In recognition of the fact that many departments and programs administer endowed or term funds that are restricted and require the University to spend them before unrestricted general funds, and in order to make this fund accessible to as many faculty members as possible, we ask all applicants to seek a financial commitment from their department chair or program director to include with their proposal to LABs.   The selection committee recognizes that available resources vary among departments or sponsoring programs for supporting these types of activities, and this will be taken into account when the proposal is reviewed.


All regular faculty members (senior lecturers, instructors, assistant professors, associate professors, and professors) are eligible; early-career faculty members are welcome to apply. Full-time lecturers and language lecturers are also eligible, provided their appointments for the award period have been approved by the Dean of the Faculty.   Other faculty, research, and administrative staff members of the University may be co-proposers.

How to Apply

As a first step, please contact the Associate Provost for International Affairs & Operations, Aly Kassam-Remtulla, to indicate interest and discuss your LABs idea.

See below for call details.

Past Awards

2019 - 2020
  • Ben Gerlofs, Program in Latin American Studies.  LAS 308 Mexico City: Geography, Politics, and Everyday Life (Spring break trip)
  • Simon Morrison/Wendy Heller, Music/Slavic.  A Week in Siberia
2018 - 2019
  • Andrew Hamilton, Art & Archaeology. PeruInca Art and Architecture
  • Wendy Heller, Music. Venice: Theater of the World
  • Beatrice Kitzinger, Art & Archaeology. Influence and Innovation in Medieval Art: The Case of St. John's in Muestair
  • Andrew Watsky, Art & Archaeology. Visual Japan, Past and Present
2017 - 2018


Please direct any questions to Aly Kassam-Remtulla, Associate Provost for International Affairs and Operations.