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Our dual curriculum consists of:

  1. GSAS Sessions, where GSAS Scholars attend lectures and plan global research projects with mentoring from GSAS Fellows. GSAS Sessions address specific research themes related to critical global challenges such as energy, environment, health, communications, and security.

  2. Team Research Fellowships, whereby teams of GSAS Scholars are hosted by partnering research institutes to implement their collaborative research plans.

Key elements of our approach are:

  • Global Participation

  • A "Systems" View of Research and Development

  • Research Planning and Implementation

  • Global Project Mentoring

GSAS participants come from developed and developing regions of the world.

Diverse global perspectives are needed to solve global challenges. GSAS Sessions include GSAS Scholars and GSAS Fellows from different regions of the world who contribute different strengths in scientific inquiry, engineering and design, technology transfer, and manufacturing.

 "I learned how to ask questions of people with different backgrounds, both scientific and cultural, and build a broader group." - GSAS Scholar 

A "Systems" View of Research and Development

To lead effective global initiatives, future science and engineering leaders will need a broader understanding of R&D that integrates advanced science and engineering skills with policy, technology transfer, manufacturing, and workforce development.

Systems Approach

"One of the things that will help my research was to get a very broad perspective from some of the lectures. It’s easy to learn the science ...but harder to have a broad picture before you get started" - GSAS Scholar

GSAS Scholars learn to consider the broader implications of their research, communicate their work to diverse stakeholders, and plan projects that cut across sectors and take advantage of international and regional strengths. 

Research Planning and Implementation

Group Project Planning

GSAS Scholars are assigned to Global Research Teams, which design collaborative projects that leverage their complementary expertise and capabilities.

GSAS Teams are well-balanced with respect to research capabilities, discipline, gender,and national origin. Team formation is based on complementary expertise and research interests. In keeping with the GSAS mission of advancing major innovation in critical areas, GSAS organizers create novel teams of researchers who might not otherwise work together. This fresh approach to global team building produces exciting new projects and provides valuable collaboration experience for GSAS Scholars. 

“The group project was very helpful in dealing with different people - a very useful real life exercise." - GSAS Scholar

The most promising projects are selected for implementation. The winning team from each Session is awarded a Team Research Fellowship and hired as a team to carry out their project at a participating research institution.

Winning Team from the Taiwan Session


Global Project Mentoring

GSAS Fellows provide a wealth of cross-cutting expertise in basic research, policy and manufacturing. Before the Session, they suggest background readings and are available online to guide the selection of research topics. At the Session, they offer guidance and feedback on project feasibility.

"At this school, we had smaller groups of students and the information transfer was both back to the fellows from the students, and even more so, among the students themselves." - GSAS Fellow 

Information is shared among junior and senior researchers in an informal, collegial atmosphere.

"Usually at conferences, its very stiff and formal so I thought it was great that you could just throw out ideas ...and get serious consideration about them." - GSAS Scholar


Feedback from Scholars

What I appreciated most:
was the rare opportunity to interact at such an intense level with other graduate students and postdocs from different groups around the world, and the fellows. This concerns both the project work, and the social events. I also appreciated the opportunity to learn about Minatec, and to attend talks by such famous researchers as Iijima and Kroto.

How has GSAS helped you develop a global perspective?:
Working with people from different countries is one. Everyone has their own concern and expertise. With the same goal, we have to communicate and try to figure out a best solution for everyone. That is really great. Also, I saw and learned the viewpoints of GIANT faculties. Since it is a big global institute, I could learned to see things differently.

Feedback from Fellows

What I appreciated most:
"What I appreciated here most was this very intense atmosphere which you normally do not have at a workshop. There was this intense atmosphere between the ones giving the lectures but also then between the young researchers on the teams. In the end, I was astonished by the really high quality of scientific background they achieved in such a short time."