Global Learning Fellowship

The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship increases access to global training and experiences by providing global education professional development opportunities for K-12 public school educators. 

Applications for the 2019 Global Learning Fellowship are now closed. Applications for the 2020 Global Learning Fellowship will open Fall 2018. Subscribe to the NEA Foundation’s e-newsletter to receive updates about the Global Learning Fellowship and other information about NEA Foundation programming.

Global Learning Fellowship

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Through the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship, educators develop the knowledge and skills to integrate global competency into their daily classroom instruction, advocate for global competency in their schools and districts, and help students to thrive in our increasingly interconnected world. Fellows transform their classrooms to give students a global perspective.

The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship
The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship

NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows participate in a 12-month professional development program that includes in-person workshops, online coursework, webinars by leading experts, peer learning, and an international field study experience.

The NEA Foundation partners with EF Educational Tours, a global leader in international education, to design transformative field study experiences for the Fellows.


About the Fellowship

The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship offers educators 12 months of professional development. The NEA Foundation staff, partners, and field experts support Global Learning Fellows as they participate in online coursework, webinars, and peer learning communities, including a two-day professional development workshop in Washington, DC.

  • “Even after more than 30 years in the classroom, I can truly say that my first international travel experience changed my life.”

    Sharon Davison

    Kindergarten Teacher & 2016 Global Learning Fellow, Williston, VT
  • “This was a powerful experience for me an individual and as a teacher... All educators should realize the power of global thinking.”

    Karen Toavs

    7th grade STEM teacher & 2013 Global Learning Fellow, Williston, ND
  • “Being a Global Learning Fellow sparked my desire to become a globally competent teacher... Everyone knows there’s no better teacher than experience.”

    Terri Butts

    Curriculum and Instructional Coach & 2015 Global Learning Fellow, Columbia, SC

Program Timeline

Fall in-person professional development workshop

During the in-person workshop, Fellows strengthen their peer-learning community. Global competency leaders and country experts lead workshop sessions, while facilitators guide the Fellows in specially designed community-building exercises.

Online Global Education Course

Fellows continue to expand their global competencies and advocacy through online coursework designed by leading experts in global education.



The Fellowship also includes webinars that accelerate learning and deepen participants’ understanding of global education and the means to advocate for it.


Summer International Field Study

Fellows get the opportunity to apply their global professional development training through a hands-on international study experience. In their field-study country, they investigate the historical and cultural context while engaging in a service-learning project with local community organizations.

Fellows also have a rare opportunity to interact with local educators, students, administrators, and policy-makers; make school visits; and hear from business and non-profit leaders.

Previous Fellowship classes have traveled to China (2011, 2012, 2014 and 2017), Brazil (2013), and Peru (2015 & 2016). The anticipated field study destination for the 2018 and 2019 Global Learning Fellowship is South Africa.

This trip will take place in late July

A special thank you to our program partner, Education First! For the past seven years, they have helped us turn our global professional development designs into rich, hands-on learning laboratories.

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NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship Alumni

After the formal 12-month professional development program ends, NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship alumni continue to grow their global competencies. Together, the peer-learning community of nearly 300 GLF alumni build on their shared Fellowship experience.

Fellowship alumni remain active. Their activities and resources include:

  • Online Global Learning Community

  • Virtual and in-person workshops

  • Collaborative global projects

  • Mentoring current Fellows

  • Participation in additional professional development opportunities

“If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Country Resource Guides

The NEA Foundation compiles country-specific resource guides for each destination. These guides include videos and articles on education, culture, history, government, geography, and more.

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