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SYLFF Doctoral Fellowship

The objective of these awards is to support doctoral dissertation research on topics pertaining directly to international business. 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 will be continuing at least their second year of doctoral study during the relevant grant period.
  2. who are engaged in research which wholly or in significant part, addresses the international dimensions of business operations and/or theory.
  3. whose research had implications for global social benefit are encouraged to apply, please note any relevant social benefits in the application.

Complete the SYLFF Doctoral Fellowship Application Form and ask your graduate adviser to submit nominations to 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, social benefit of the research, 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.

Export Fellows Program

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Hands-on experience, real-world instruction:
Create a market entry plan guided by successful practitioners.

The Camino Real District Export Council offers a special program to UT undergraduate students interested in exporting. The Export Fellows Program introduces students to export marketing concepts and strategies in 3-hour evening sessions. Presenters are active practitioners in international trade.


  • Resources and techniques for market research
  • Managing non-tariff barriers
  • Choosing an exportable product
  • Identifying appropriate market(s)
  • Choosing a method of market entry
  • Designing a market entry strategy  


Four workshop sessions will be held on campus:

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2018 at 5:00-8:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, February 27, 2018 at 5:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 6, 2018 at 5:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2018 at 5:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Student certificates are awarded on Wednesday, March 27, 2018 at 5pm.

Program Details

  • The EFP is underwritten by the District Export Council and free to attend.
  • There is no prerequisite coursework.
  • There is no UT credit. Participants receive a certificate from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
  • Open to registered UT undergraduate.
  • Registration is limited to 20 students, click here to grab your seat.
  • Contact for more information.

The program simulates market entry analysis through a student project, and offers a forum for informal dialogue between students and instructors. After the program sessions end, student teams create an international marketing plan for the product of their choice. They present the plans and receive certificates from the U.S. Department of Commerce at the program’s final dinner, hosted at a restaurant near campus. The Export Fellows Program sessions and dinner are free to attend.

District Export Councils (DECs) are volunteer organizations of leaders from local business communities who provide professional advice to local firms. The 58 DECs are closely affiliated with the Commerce Department’s U.S. Export Assistance Centers. They support trade promotion activities and supply specialized expertise to small and mid-sized businesses. 

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:

Global Business Leadership Institute - a four-week summer program that invites students from 11 top-ranked universities worldwide to join UT students to collaborate and compete in the international marketplace. Participants will earn six business credits while being guided through a carefully designed experiential learning process. They will analyze the experience, articulate the process of learning and adaptation, and internalize skills that can be applied in new contexts throughout their careers. Please select your category for the most relevant information.

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

BE Global - is a brand new program designed for business and engineering students seeking a professional international experience. Students intern between 30 and 35 hours per week with a local or multinational company/organization. Internship placements will be matched to the students’ skills, interests, and career objectives. Students will gain insight into an international work environment through company visits, networking with local professionals and UT alumni, and attending business etiquette and culture training. Internships are unpaid and take place during summer session one or whole summer session. Scholarships are available.

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.

The International Business Fellows Seminar

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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 2016 on Mondays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  More information may be obtained from the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER at 471-7875).