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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.

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.


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 Vice Provost for International Affairs & Operations, Anastasia Vrachnos (8-2560,, to indicate interest and discuss your LABs idea.

See below for call details.



Esther da Costa Meyer, Art and Archaeology, The Havana Lessons: City, Architecture and Society
Ruben Gallo, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Havana: Architecture, Urbanism, And Literature In Transition
Bryan Just, Art Museum, Art and Politics in the Maya Courts
Paloma Moscardo, Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Medical Spanish trip to Ecuador
Purcell Carson, Woodrow Wilson School.  The Trenton-Salcajá Project