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.
Thanks to a grant from Banco Santander, awards of up to $75,000 will be available on a pilot basis over the next two years. 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.