International and Domestic Travel Grants and Fellowships for Teachers

National Endowment for the Humanities – Deadline and requirements vary. Opportunities are listed in late October for summer seminars for teachers. There are two programs specifically targeted to teachers. They offer Summer Seminars and Institutes in the United States and for up to 6 weeks abroad on various topics for teachers of all disciplines. They also offer Summer Stipends for teachers who have areas in which they would like to pursue research for at least two months in the summer. International programs are highly competitive. Recipients receive up to $6,000 for expenses, depending on the program length and requirements. Application Deadline: March each year.

Keizai Koho Fellowships – The Keizai Koho Center (Japan Institute for Social and Economic Affairs) in cooperation with the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS) will sponsor a ten day Fellowship to Japan this summer for educators in the U.S. and Canada. The Fellowship allows teachers to learn first hand about contemporary Japanese society and enhance their classroom teaching of global perspectives.  Teachers of all disciplines are encouraged to apply. The criteria stands that you have never lived in Japan nor studied in a similar program before and is open to social studies teachers in grades 8-12, and some supervisory levels. Application Deadline: Usually in February.

Fulbright Foundation – Fulbright offers 6 week to year long exchanges in various countries for teachers of all disciplines. The majority of teachers exchange positions directly with foreign teachers; a few go abroad for one-way assignments. U.S. teachers of foreign languages teach English overseas, while their exchange partners teach their native languages in the United States. Teachers get to keep their salary and often get an additional stipend depending on the economic situation in the country. Fulbright also has two seminars to Greece and Rome for teachers of the classics, history and language. You must have taught for three full years before you can apply. Application Deadline: October of each year.

James Madison Graduate Fellowships for Teachers – The James Madison Memorial Foundation offers graduate fellowships for teachers who wish to undertake work for a graduate degree on a part-time basis through summer and evening classes. After earning a master’s degree, each James Madison Fellow must teach American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7-12 for no less than one year for each full academic year of study under the fellowship. Senior Fellows have up to five years to complete their degree after receiving the scholarship. As part of the James Madison Fellowship program, each Fellow attends the four-week Summer Institute on the Constitution held in July at Georgetown University. Fellows attend the Institute once they have been accepted to graduate school and they have taken several graduate courses.  Application Deadline: March each year.

Fulbright-Hayes Group Grant Opportunities – Fulbright-Hayes, working through the Department of State, distributes grants each year to universities and organizations that will offer professional growth programs to educators. Check with your local universities for opportunities to study and travel abroad.  The University of Pittsburgh has offered fellowships in the last five years to Nicaragua, Brazil, Egypt, Ghana etc. through their International Studies Departments in conjunction with Fulbright-Hayes. These are usually fully funded travel opportunities, including a stipend for food and educational materials. Deadlines vary but are usually in the spring of each year after the departments are notified they have received the grants.

C-SPAN Teacher Fellowships – Each summer the Fellowship program brings three teacher fellows to C-SPAN headquarters in Washington, D.C. Chosen Fellows have come with as few as two years or as many as thirty years of teaching experience. They have come from all across the country, taught a variety of subjects and grade levels at private schools and public schools. Do you teach with C-SPAN? Are you willing to share your expertise with other educators? Then consider applying to C-SPAN's Middle and High School Teacher Fellowship program. C-SPAN pays a stipend for lodging and living valued about $6.500. Application Deadline: February each year.

Korea Workshop for Educators –This two-week program, facilitated by and sponsored by the Korea Foundation, is an excellent opportunity for up to 60 educators from around the United States to learn about the history, culture, politics, economic development and art of Korea. It is a fully funded trip that is a highly educational experience. Applications are accepted from K-12 educators and administrators particularly in the social studies and curriculum development fields. Application deadline: February each year.

Toyota Costa Rica Program for Teachers – has information on this program. The Toyota International Teacher Program sends 20 secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) on a fully funded, 10-day study program in Eastern Costa Rica in the spring of each year. The Program seeks to provide educators with the opportunity to observe, interact with, and understand Costa Rican communities and their efforts to preserve their environment and culture in a rapidly modernizing global society. Toyota changes their qualifications often so check and see if your state is eligible. They will also be launching a new country program this year and have discontinued their Japan and Galapagos programs.  Application deadline: October each year.

Freeman Foundation/NCTA – Frequently there are trips offered that are funded by the Freeman Foundation that are facilitated through NCTA (National Consortium for Teaching Asia) centers in select university locations. The University of Pittsburgh has one such center. Thirty-hour seminars that professionally develop educators on the various countries in Asia are offered and afterward the centers offer trips for their alumni to experience the regions first-hand at little cost. See any NCTA center to sign up for their seminar and international funded opportunities. You must have successfully completed the NCTA program to qualify for travel opportunities.

Korea Society – The Korea Society offers openings for up to 20 American educators to participate in their Summer Fellowship in Korean Studies program to be held in Korea. There is also a spring session for 10 educators with certain qualifications. All the expenses of the participants will be covered, including round-trip international airfare, accommodations, meals and program fees. Applications are invited from social studies and language arts educators, including K-12 classroom teachers and professors or instructors in schools of education. The program's seventeen-day schedule will include lectures and discussions on Korean history, culture, politics, economics, arts and language. Application Deadline: January or February based on program.

Aramco Educators Trip to Saudi Arabia – This program takes social studies educators and media specialists to explore education, history, culture and global relations with a tentative schedule including stops in Jeddah, a city on the Red Sea, Riyadh, the capital of the country, and Dhahran, the location of Aramco headquarters. It is fully funded and highly competitive as only 25 educators are selected each year. The deadline usually lies in the summer and travel is toward November/December each year.  Teachers are required to obtain permission from their schools to have a leave of absence when they are gone. Substitute fees are not paid for by Aramco. See for more information.  Application Deadline: Varies.

College Board – The College Board provides professional development opportunities for teachers worldwide through its own AP® weekend workshops and AP spring and summer institutes and through presentations, workshops, and institutes offered in affiliation with the U.S. Department of State and regional school associations throughout the world. College Board professional development is open to current participants in programs such as AP and SAT®, and also to those interested in learning more about these programs. See the website for details as programs and application deadlines vary.

Earthwatch Worldwide – offers educational fellowships to K-12 educators on a variety of field experiences. As an Earthwatch Educator Fellow you’ll receive funding to join one of more than ninety Earthwatch expeditions worldwide. You will have the opportunity to work alongside environmental scientists, actively supporting their work, learning field research methods, and helping conserve threatened natural and cultural resources in the field.  Afterward, you’ll also be asked to share your experiences through developing lessons and giving presentations on your experience, and by attending events designed to spread the word to other educators and volunteers. Fellowships cover all expenses on site and some give travel reimbursement to the program location. Application Deadline: November for Priority Placement, General Deadline is in February.

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