The Center for Global Programs and Relations at the GAIA Centers works closely with campuses, schools, and units to support faculty research and scholarship and develop activities that internationalize the campus and enhance the global competency of the Rutgers community. The center, through its relations focus, also facilitates international partnerships and delegations.
Every two years, the GAIA Centers select a biennial theme that analyzes critical global issues. A variety of free events from film screenings to distinguished lectures are supported through biennial theme funding from the GAIA Centers each year. The GAIA Grants, another funding avenue administered by the center, give tenured and tenure-track faculty the opporutinty to pursue teaching and research with an international focus.
The GAIA Centers advance international research by providing assistance and immigration processing for incoming sponsored students and scholars, such as those who come through the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program or the Mandela Washington Fellowship.
Rutgers has over 300 international MOUs—and the GAIA Centers facilitate these agreements. Many time, these partnerships lead to on-site visits from international delegations, and the GAIA Centers, through the Center for Global Programs and Relations, coordinates visitor requests.
The GAIA Centers offers many programs for undergraduates and graduates. Rutgers is one of just a handful of universities affiliated with the United Nations Department of Public Information. This affiliation provides opportunities for Rutgers to bring the UN to campus and for Rutgers students to visit the UN for briefings, internships, class visits, and more.
For more information on these programs, follow the links below:
Biennial Theme (Global Urbanism)
USAID Global Fellowship Program