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Research Excellence Grants

Call for Proposals

The Center for Global Business is pleased to announce a special summer award for Research Excellence Grants.   While the regular Research Excellence Grants are not available over the summer, the Center will have limited funds to support summer research on issues related to International Business. 

 The McCombs Research Excellence Grant program seeks to promote research excellence in the school by supporting influential and high quality faculty research projects that require substantive funding but cannot be funded through other sources (e.g., ADF or other discretionary funds).  Examples of research-related costs covered by these grants include costs for data gathering and analysis, research assistantships, purchase of expensive databases, and funds to organize academic conferences at the school.

The Center for Global Business Summer Research Excellence Grants may range from $2,000 to $15,000 each; The Summer Research Excellence grants will use the similar criteria for selection as the McCombs Research Excellence Grant program with the addition that proposals will be evaluated in light of the likely impact on our understanding of the specific dynamics of business in a global/international context.  These criteria for awarding research excellence grants include the novelty and likely academic impact of the proposed research in understanding global business, its potential to significantly enhance the research reputation of the faculty and the school; and its likelihood to create a long-term international business research stream for faculty members and/or graduate students associated with the research.  Preference will be given to proposals for which the investigator has obtained matching funds from other sources and to projects that entail collaboration among multiple McCombs faculty members.  For software and database purchase requests, priority will be given to software/databases that other faculty colleagues and students might also find useful.

To apply for a research excellence grant, please submit a three-page proposal (maximum) along with your current vita to the Center for Global Business Director at  The deadline to apply for funding for summer 2016 is April 15th.  The proposal should emphasize the project’s relevance and importance, and how it benefits the school.  Specifically, it should include the following items:

1.      Title of project, name of principal investigator(s) (must be McCombs tenure-track or tenured faculty members), and project duration;

2.      Motivation and description of the research project, including why it is novel and important;

3.      Anticipated outcomes (deliverables) and impact;

4.      For database purchase requests: list other faculty members or students who could benefit from this acquisition.  Also, consult with Business Librarian and Computer Services (see notes at the end of this document);

5.      Alternative sources of funding explored, availability of matching funds, and why discretionary funds (e.g., ADF, endowment, departmental funds) cannot be used;

6.      Budget, with justification (Please note that research funds may be used for research related travel.  However, in accordance with U.S. Department of Education policy, any international travel under these grants will require a very detailed budget with all specifics on how funds will be spent, including all specific forms of transportation, lodging, meals, and specific incidentals.  U.S. air carriers must be used when available.  Requests that include domestic travel should indicate how travel funds will be allocated in a more general format);

7.      A summary of progress and outcomes of any previous McCombs Research Excellence Grants awarded to the investigators.

SYLFF Doctoral Fellowship

The objective of these awards is to support doctoral dissertation research on topics combining international and business perspectives. The fellowships are provided through an endowment from the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) of the Tokyo Foundation. They will be made only to doctoral students:

  1. who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin), and
  2. whose approved dissertation research addresses, wholly or in significant part, the objective described above.

Complete the SYLFF Doctoral Fellowship Application Form and ask your graduate adviser to submit nominations to the Center for Global Business Director Linda Gerber at Applications will be reviewed by the UT-Austin SYLFF Steering Committee, with input from McCombs School Doctoral Advisory Committee.

Applicants must be currently enrolled at UT-Austin. Awards are based on major accomplishments since entering Graduate School, a well-defined program of research that combines international and business perspectives, a strong personal statement, and a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s doctoral advisor.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2018 for the 2018-19 academic year
Stipend: $10,000 Generally, three such awards are available annually.

More Projects

To learn more about Dr. Orlando Kelm's language learning project visit this blog and for his intercultural communication project visit this blog.

Tools for Business Language Learning

Video Series: Cultural Interviews with International Business Executives

This Center for Global Business funded program is a compilation of over 800 brief video clips. Foreign executives discuss cultural issue of interest to North Americans - from negotiation practices to social situations.

The interviews offer the opinions of real people, which are at times contradictory, and serve to stimulate discussion. They introduce diverse vocabulary in a professional setting, and offer non-native speakers of foreign languages examples of natural speech, illustrating the way that speakers really talk. The video clip library includes interviews in Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, German, Turkish and Russian which can be viewed here.