Application FAQs

Fellows share their perspective not only with their students but also with their schools, districts, and communities. As a result, their students have the opportunity to thrive in our interconnected world.

We welcome applicants who already have global experience, as well as those who’ve never left the country. The top requirement for this program is caring about the world and sharing that passion with your students.

We also invite you to check out our five questions to jump start your application, which shares more insight into how to craft your application.

When do applications open?

The application period for the 2022 Global Learning Fellow is now closed. Applications for the 2023 Global Learning Fellowship will open in Fall 2021.

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Who is eligible to apply?

  • Active NEA members who are current K-12 classroom educators in a public school and who will be there for the duration of the fellowship and the field study.
  • Teachers with five or more years of classroom experience will be given preference.

What information and documents do I need in order to complete the application?

You will need:

  • Your NCES School and District ID numbers (this information can be found on the NCES website). For U.S. public schools, the District ID is the first 7 digits of the 12 digit NCES School ID.
  • An up-to-date of your resume or curriculum vitae (CV). The application also accepts website links if your resume and/or curriculum vitae is online (e.g. LinkedIn).
  • Lesson plan/classroom evidence of global competence (encouraged).
  • Links to online examples of your work (e.g. videos, student projects, etc.) (optional)

Letters of recommendation are not required for the application.

Is it possible to preview the application before I apply?

Yes! Here is a sample application for the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship.

I am a current nominee for the NEA Foundation’s Awards for Teaching Excellence. Am I still eligible to apply for the Global Learning Fellowship?

Educators who have been nominated by their respective NEA state affiliate for the NEA Foundation’s Awards for Teaching Excellence are eligible and encouraged to apply.

What are you looking for in an applicant?

The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship is dedicated to ensuring applicant diversity (geographic location, subject/grade-levels taught, global experience, duration of teaching career, gender, race, etc.). Ideal applicants are those educators who have expertise and/or a deep-seated passion for advancing global competency and preparing students to thrive in the interconnected global age.

Applications for the NEA Foundation’s Global Learning Fellowship are subjected to a multi-stage review process. Strong applications are reviewed by an educator, who evaluate the application against the framework below.

The Rubric
Professional Practice
1. The applicant demonstrates instructional expertise, creativity and innovation.
2. The applicant recognizes and explicitly addresses the variety of cultures, values and experiences represented in modern society, through curriculum and instruction and in other interactions with students.
3. The applicant uses a variety of culturally responsive pedagogical techniques to create a learning environment that meets the needs of all students, regardless of differences.
Individual Global Competence
4. The applicant demonstrates the ability to successfully navigate intercultural challenges by recognizing and valuing diverse perspectives.
5. The applicant reflects upon their own cultural constructs, perspectives and educational practices.
6. The applicant critically analyzes ways that local, national or international actions impact global inequities in our interconnected world.
Leadership in Professional Development
7. The applicant has clearly demonstrated how, if selected for the Global Learning Fellowship, they would share their learnings and experiences with their students and peers.
8. The applicant continually engages in experiences to improve their practice and gain new skills and experiences.
9. The applicant demonstrates a clear passion for and dedication to the teaching profession.
10. The applicant’s participation in and commitment to professional development has a visible effect on their institution, students and community.

How many Fellows will the NEA Foundation be accepting for the Global Learning Fellowship?

We will accept a maximum of 51 Fellows for the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship.

How can I find out about the status of my application?

We appreciate your patience during application intake and review processes. Please know that we are unable to give decisions over the phone. It will be your responsibility to monitor your email for application updates.

How will I be notified regarding my 2021 Global Learning Fellowship application?

The NEA Foundation has made the very difficult decision not to launch a new GLF Program cohort in 2021. The Foundation will instead open applications for a 2022 Global Learning cohort in the fall of 2020 and welcome the 2021 applicants to reapply, using a streamlined process. If you have any questions, please contact Joanne Korandu (

What is the field study destination for the 2022 Global Learning Fellowship?

The anticipated field study destination for the 2022 Global Learning Fellowship is to be determined.

How many hours of professional development are included in the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship?

Over the course of 12 months, Fellows are supported by NEA Foundation staff, partners, and other field experts, as they work through approximately 160 hours of professional development. We estimate that Fellows will complete approximately five hours of professional development per month – not including the summer international field study. These professional development hours may potentially be used to fulfill school/district requirements. Find a breakdown of the professional development hours below:

8 Webinars8
In-person Global Learning Fellowship workshop in Washington, DC (October 12-13, 2019)*18
International Field Study (late July 2020)*99
Online coursework on effectively integrating global content into core instruction15

*Dates are tentative

Are there any costs associated with the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship?

The NEA Foundation covers all costs for breakfasts and dinners, lodging, travel, and professional development activities. However, NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows are responsible for the following.

  • Securing leave from school (if needed) for fall PD workshop and late July international field study
  • Acquiring/updating U.S. passport
  • Purchasing daily lunches for international field study (approximately $200)
  • Contributing to tips for local guides and bus drivers (approximately $100 total)

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