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"The experience of interacting with people from all around the world on a research platform is the first step to becoming a global leader."- GSAS Scholar

GSAS Scholars are assigned to multidisciplinary Global Research Teams and challenged to develop a detailed collaborative research plan related to the Session theme.
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.

Before the Session:

  • Global Research Teams are formed 
  • Teams interact online, perform background research and begin discussing project ideas

“From the first day on, they already had the team formation completed. So it was already quite clear among them they would act in the next days, how they would organize their work. Everyone just opened their laptops and went immediately into literature studies.” - GSAS Fellow

During the Session

Teams attend daily planning meetings to plan their projects with guidance from their mentors. These

Project Planning

research plans include:
  • Rationale for Proposed Research
  • Team Strengths / Synergies
  • Complementary Tasks
  • Equipment / Facilities
  • Projected Applications / Prototype Product
  • Technology Transfer Strategies
  • Budget
  • Intellectual Merit
  • Broader Impact


“I learned that checking in with all group members is important - that listening is a large part of communication." - GSAS Scholar

At the end of the Session

  • Teams present their project outlines for critical review.
  • The most promising projects are selected for implementation
The best projects are implemented via Team Research Fellowships of 1 year or more at a GSAS Research Host institution.

Feedback from Fellows

What I appreciated most:
To me, the unique aspect of this global school [is that] it really prepares students to interact globally, to come up with new innovative ideas and to be really cooperative in the development of these ideas"