Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms participants complete a rigorous, semester-long online course focused on best practices in global education; gather for an in-person professional development workshop in Washington, D.C.; and travel abroad for two to three weeks to immerse themselves in another country’s culture and education system. Participants create a global education guide that serves as a resource in their local community to share the skills, experiences, and resources they have developed throughout the program.
Are you interested in learning more about global education and how to infuse global content and diverse perspectives into the curriculum and school culture? Do you want to connect and collaborate with a global network of educators?
A wide range of disciplines are represented in each cohort of Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms, including STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), English, English language learning, social studies, art, business, and special education.
Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms participants are selected through an open competition. Applications are reviewed by an independent panel of experts according to a rubric of specific evaluation criteria.
In an effort to reflect the diversity of the United States and global society, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs programs, funding, and other activities encourage the involvement of U.S. and international applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities. Opportunities are open to people regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Bureau is committed to fairness, equity, and inclusion.
Through these professional learning programs, elementary and secondary educators, in the United States and around the world, develop their educational practice and bring global knowledge, skills and perspectives to their schools. Educators forge lasting connections and prepare their students to be future leaders, equipped to work with others around the world to address global challenges.
For more than 75 years, Fulbright Teacher Exchanges, part of the family of offerings within the Fulbright Program, have offered opportunities for educators to learn, teach, consult, observe, and collaborate in classrooms and schools abroad. Educators foster mutual understanding in their communities, prepare students for the globalized, interconnected world, and increase their students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills.
- Participants receive funding that covers participation in the online global education course, as well as airfare, lodging, meals, and incidentals for the Global Education Symposium in Washington, D.C., and travel abroad for the international field experience.
To be eligible for the Fulbright TGC Program, the applicant must:
- be a citizen of the United States;
- reside in the U.S., a U.S. territory, or a school associated with the Department of Defense Education Activity;
- hold at least a bachelor’s degree;
- have a minimum of three years of full-time instructional experience in a U.S. K-12 educational institution;
- be currently employed full-time in a U.S. K-12 educational institution or school district with a minimum of 50% of contracted hours in a student-facing role; and
- have NOT resided abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application; a candidate who has done so is ineligible for a grant. A candidate who has lived outside the United States for nine months or more during a calendar year is deemed to have resided abroad for that year.
Eligible Regions: The Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program is open to full-time elementary, middle, and high school educators who are employed at a public, private (secular or faith-based), or charter school in the United States, or within the Department of Defense Education Activity at the elementary, middle, or high school level (K–12).
The application to the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program can be found in IREX’s Online Application System. The application includes sections to enter personal and professional demographics, educational and certification information, language proficiency, and an opportunity to answer, in short essays, questions about the applicant’s need and goals for the program, their background and experience, and how they might leverage the experience for impact in their school community.
The application also requires the submission of references and certain documentation:
- Resume or curriculum vitae
- Professional reference from someone the applicant has worked with in a professional capacity
- Professional reference from the applicant’s school or district lead administrator
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