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SYLFF Doctoral Fellowship

SYLFF Doctoral Fellowship

The objective of these awards, which are made possible by an endowment from the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) of the Tokyo Foundation, is to support doctoral dissertation research on topics combining international and business perspectives.

Awards are made only to doctoral students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin), who have been admitted to candidacy, and whose approved dissertation research addresses, wholly or in significant part, the objective described above. 

Process: Graduate advisers submit nominations to McCombs+ in the McCombs School.  Applications will be reviewed by the UT-Austin SYLFF Steering Committee, with input from McCombs School Doctoral Advisory Committee.

Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled at UT-Austin and admitted to candidacy. 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 Materials: Applicants are required to complete the Application Form, which includes calls for the following:

  • Awards Earned Since Graduate School
  • Personal Statement
  • VITA
  • Letter of Recommendation from Doctoral Advisor

Application Deadline: February 1 for the following academic year.

Stipend:   $10,000.  Generally, three such awards are available annually.

Mailing Address:

McCombs+ Global & Experiential Learning
McCombs School of Business
RRH 2.371, Mail Stop B6004
(512) 471-4143

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International Business Fellows Seminar

International Business Fellows Seminar

McCombs School of Business
The University of Texas at Austin
Center for Global Business
Graduate Programs

We are living in one of the truly momentous periods of world history!  Events in the global arena impact nearly every area of business, economic, and public policy.   The International Business Fellows Seminar (IBFS) provides the opportunity to study events and forces affecting and re-shaping the world from a multi-disciplinary view at the graduate level.  Enrolling in this seminar will help prepare you to better understand this changing world in which you will pursue your career and expand your leadership potential in your chosen profession.

IBFS is open to graduate students from all programs at The University and is cross listed in:

  • MBA Program
  • LBJ School of Public Affairs
  • Latin American Studies
  • Middle East Studies
  • Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

The unique feature of IBFS is that you will have the opportunity to:

  • Follow historic events as they unfold around the world in real time.
  • Consider the forces driving those events.
  • Explore these events along with students and faculty across UT, as well as, with and a variety of professional experts enabling you to understand global events from diverse, intriguing perspectives.  

The course meets weekly as a seminar to facilitate multi-faceted discussion topics such as the key challenges in critical regions across the world, national security, political instability, state of the world economy, globalization, labor, and income inequality.   Speakers include highly distinguished experts such as Professors Bobby Inman, James Galbraith, Shelton Williams, and McCombs own Stephen Magee.   This is a course for those who want to think deeply about the future of the world and their ability to affect the future.

The class will meet Spring semesters on Mondays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

International Opportunities

International Opportunities

The University of Texas at Austin and McCombs School of Business prepare our students to be effective leaders in the global workplace, which is reflected in our being ranked 2nd in the nation for number of students who study abroad.  Participating in an international program will set you apart from other students as it demonstrates self reliance, motivation, your ability to take risks and compete in an international business environment.

International Program opportunities available are:

BBA Study Abroad - with both Summer Short-Term or Semester Exchange Programs, McCombs BBA International has partnerships in 25 countries. Study abroad allows McCombs BBA students the opportunity to enrich your education, and take part in a life-changing experience that will open doors for new educational and business opportunities.

MBA International Programs - the McCombs School of Business strives to expose MBA students to new cultures and ideas so that they will be better prepared to be effective business leaders on the world stage, act ethically and responsibly within a global context and think strategically at an international level.  Opportunities to add an international component to a degree include McCombs Global Connection Study Tours, Exchange Programs or Double Degree Programs.

UT Austin Study Abroad - study abroad changes lives, and the work of Study Abroad at the University of Texas offers students many different program options.

Peace Corps – is an agency of the U.S. federal government that sends American citizens abroad to serve underdeveloped countries for two-year volunteer terms.  Since 1961, Peace Corps Volunteers have been providing valuable assistance to communities around the world while helping to foster our mission of promoting world peace and friendship.  For business-related majors, we have many available positions in our Community Economic Development sector, such as:  Business Advising, Business Development, NGO (Nonprofit) Advising/Development, Urban/Regional Planning, and Youth Economic Education.  We are always looking for qualified candidates with business-related degrees and experience to fill these positions!  As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you will gain valuable international work experience while helping others and broadening your vision of the world.  Find more information or seek advisement via the UT campus Peace Corps Recruiter at

Internships Abroad - UT Austin offers a range of exciting internship programs across the world to fit the needs and interests of students from different majors. Internships are very diverse with regards to structure and can be found through exchange, affiliated or customized programs. Programs are offered during the fall, spring and summer sessions. Currently UT Austin has over 50 programs that offer internships.