Funding, enrichment, travel and study opportunities are listed in alphabetical order from A-L and M-Z.

A - L

Where: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Length of program: two-week intensive residential program

Cost: 40 selected participants will be awarded a fellowship covering the costs of instruction plus room and board for two weeks, books and materials, the use of Cal Poly Pomona Library, and special weekend programs. The award also covers will also cover the cost of 8 units of course credits. These credits may be used toward a Master’s degree and/or salary advancement

Who qualifies: K-12 teachers

Deadline: Program runs every two year (odd numbered years – next offered in 2017)

Description: Ahimsa Center’s Summer Institute focuses on nonviolent action for social change. The institute is devoted to an in-depth study of their journeys on the path of nonviolence in the pursuit of a more just, peaceful, and sustainable social order.

More information can be found here.

Where: American high schools

Length of program: An academic year

Cost: Fully funded by Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Who qualifies: U.S. elementary and secondary-level schools interested in starting or strengthening programs in Chinese or Arabic

Deadline: U.S. host school applications due January 25, 2016


The Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP), a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, is designed to increase the study and acquisition of important world languages in U.S. schools. This program enables U.S. elementary and secondary schools to start or strengthen a Mandarin or Arabic language program. The program brings Chinese and Egyptian teachers to the U.S. to teach Mandarin and Modern Standard Arabic and share their culture for an academic year. The exchange teachers receive on-going methodological observation and training opportunities, live and work in an immersive English environment, and receive a certificate of participation following their exchange.

For more information and to apply please visit:

Contact Phone: 202-833-7522

Contact Email: [email protected]

Application Links
Application for U.S. Schools

Application for Chinese Teachers
Application for Egyptian Teachers

Where: Various participating universities in the USA

Length of program: 2-weeks during the months of June or July (depending on program)

Cost: Free

Who qualifies: High school teachers

Deadline: Check website for date

Description: The Reynolds High School Journalism Institute is an intensive two-week journalism training program for high school teachers. Instruction is based on the core tenets of journalism and the skills needed to produce a top-notch student publication, primarily online with multimedia tools.

More information may be found here.

Where: Arab countries

Length of program: 10 days

Cost: free (includes International Round trip Airfare, site visits, airfare between countries, most meals, hotel, receptions, ground transportation, visas)

Who qualifies: middle school and high school educators and administrators

Deadline: TBA – check website

Description: The TEACH Fellowship is a cross-cultural exchange program between educators from the United States and the Arab world. The educators compare best practices, teaching methodology, and classroom experiences with each other.

More information can be found here.

The Bridging Cultures program, an initiative of the Illinois-Northwestern African Studies Consortium, consists of cross-cultural, international programming on educational practice, pedagogy, and policy. Moving beyond the academic and theoretical of most teacher workshops, Bridging Cultures provides teachers with real-world comparative approaches. Workshops and other sessions are held jointly with a cohort of visiting international secondary educators from the Global Institute for Secondary Educators — a U.S. Department of State program held annually at the University of Illinois. Through close interaction with foreign teachers from 20 different countries, American teachers participating in the Bridging Cultures Initiative have an opportunity to share their craft while gaining new understandings of cultural and educational practices in many other countries that will enhance their ability to infuse their curriculum with multicultural perspectives.

Intensive collaboration in workshops, structured discussions, and guided lesson planning will provide opportunities for the establishment of relationships between American and international teachers that will stimulate partnerships and coordinated activities in their respective classrooms.

Program & Application Information

The 2017 Bridging Cultures program will be held Wednesday, July 5 – Wednesday, July 12 on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.

Eligibility: In-service middle and high school teachers are eligible to apply.

Applications from Social Studies, English and Foreign Language teachers are especially encouraged and preference will be given to teachers with a minimum of three to five years teaching experience and demonstrated interest in global perspectives pedagogy.

Cost: There is no cost to participate in the program. Accommodations, transportation, some meals, and a small stipend will be provided to out of town participants. Local participants will receive some meals only.

If necessary, additional funds are available to offset the cost of travel for out of town participants who drive.

Online Application: To be considered for a space in this program you must complete an online application by March 15, 2017. Space is limited. Click here to access the online application form.

Questions? Please contact:

Terri Gitler
Office Manager
Center for African Studies

What: 2016 Choices Leadership Institute

Topic: Global Refugees: Human Rights, Responsibilities, and Responses

Where: Brown University, Providence, RI

Dates of program: 1 week, July 11-15, 2016

Cost: free (includes meals, housing, reading materials)

Who qualifies: secondary teachers (primarily high school)

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Description: While the global refugee crisis is a longstanding problem, there are more displaced people today than at any time since World War II. As of 2014, nearly sixty million people had been forcibly displaced from their homes, about twenty million of them refugees. What causes people to flee their homes? Where are the most serious crises? How has the world responded, and what are the ripple effects for international relations? Finally, how is the recent crisis affecting U.S. foreign policy decisions as well as domestic discussions on immigration and refugee resettlement? Join the Choices Program and scholars from the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at the 2016 Choices Leadership Institute to explore these complex issues.

During the accompanying pedagogy sessions at the Institute, participants will examine instructional strategies for engaging secondary students in the study of contested international issues, share best practices with other dedicated and innovative teachers, and develop plans for conducting effective professional development.

More information on this and other Choices opportunities is available here.

Where: Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC

Length of program: 1 week

Cost: $200 plus travel and lodging (scholarships available)

Who qualifies: 6-12 teachers (priority to Social Studies and English/Language Arts teachers)

Deadline: April

Description: Be inspired this summer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as you join colleagues from across the country for an exciting exploration of the connections among American art, technology, and your curricula. Attend one of our week-long institutes in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Stay connected with your newfound colleagues and museum staff throughout the year.

More information can be found here.

Where: Washington, DC

Length of program: 2 days

Cost: free (includes airfare, hotel stay and meals)

Who qualifies: 6-12 teacher, C-SPAN Classroom member who has not attended a previous conference

Deadline: C-SPAN Classroom members will be informed by email

Description: At this conference middle and high school educators (grades 6-12) gather from around the country to learn more about C-SPAN and how to effectively integrate C-SPAN’s online resources into their classrooms.

More information is available here.

Where: Washington, DC

Length of program: 4 weeks

Cost: free (includes housing and travel expenses)

Who qualifies: Social Studies teachers or media/technology educators who are C-SPAN members in 6-12 Deadline: February

Description: For four weeks during summer 2013, Fellowship recipients will collaborate with C-SPAN’s Education department to develop new teaching materials using C-SPAN resources in order to better serve our Classroom members nationwide.

More information can be found here.

Summer 2015 Topic:
Armenian Genocide and International Justice

Program Dates: January 26-30, 2015

Application Deadline: Prior to Workshop

2015 marks the 100th year commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, an important turning point in the history of genocide prevention, international law, and human rights. This free online workshop will offer new interdisciplinary teaching strategies and classroom activities that reinforce historical and literacy skills. Online discussions and readings will allow participants to interact with Facing History staff, scholars, and educators from around the globe. This workshop is suitable for 6-12th grade U.S. history, world history, English language arts, or humanities teachers. Visit the Facing History and Ourselves website to learn about future workshops.

Where: International

Length of program: 3-6 months

Who qualifies: K-12 teachers with 5 years of experience; MA degree completed or in process.

Deadline: December 1, 2016.

Description: The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). It seeks to promote mutual understanding among teachers, their schools and communities in the U.S. and abroad by:

  • Building teachers’ and students’ global competence
  • Sharing of best educational practices internationally

Participants in this three to six month program are based at university-level schools of education. They take courses, lead master classes and seminars, visit local schools, collaborate with each other online and in person, and complete an inquiry project of their own design.

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching (DA) Program provides funding for highly accomplished U.S. primary and secondary level educators to take part in an intensive professional development program for three to six months abroad. The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Program Components:

  • Study in a research center or university abroad (academic support will be provided by a host institution advisor who will support the U.S. teacher and help contribute to the design and activities of the inquiry project);
  • Participate in a virtual community with other participants to collaborate and share best practices about education in the participating countries;
  • Work within local schools in the host country;
  • Complete an inquiry project which should enhance teachers’ learning and have practical applications to their teaching (see the Inquiry Project section for sample projects).

As part of the program, Fulbright Distinguished Teachers:

  • Study and observe international best practices in education;
  • Share professional expertise with educators and students in the host country;
  • Develop leadership skills and understanding of educational policy;
  • Enhance their ability to work in diverse and multicultural environments.

For more information, please read the Program Overview for 2017-2018 U.S. Grantees.

Upon return, Fulbright Distinguished Teachers:

  • Integrate international best practices in education in the U.S. classroom, school and community;
  • Integrate inquiry project findings into the U.S. classroom or school;
  • Expand global and intercultural awareness of students and colleagues by sharing their Fulbright experience and infusing their experience into classroom content or curriculum;
  • Develop partnerships and joint projects with schools and classrooms abroad

Find the application and additional information here.

Where: International

Length of program: 2-6 weeks

Who qualifies: U.S. citizen currently residing in a U.S. state or territory; Master’s degree or enrolled in a Master’s program; Full time K?12 educator; Spend at least 50% of time interacting with students in  current position

Deadline: Varies. Visit site (link below) for more information.

Description: Through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program, U.S. K-12 teachers and educators can apply for grants to engage in collaborative projects for approximately 2-6 weeks abroad, with a preference for 3 or more weeks. Participants consult with and support schools, non-profit organizations, teacher training institutions, and other educational organizations abroad. This short-term program is offered in addition to the longer program, which is for a period of three to six months.

The grant award provides funding for program expenses while abroad, including travel costs, lodging, meals, local transportation, and related expenses. These grants give U.S. educators flexibility to participate in the Fulbright Program while meeting their teaching and professional commitments.

Grants for 2016 were available in Botswana, India, Mexico, and Vietnam. Click here to see more information on program opportunities for 2016.

Click here to view the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program informational flier.

Where: Overseas

Length of Program: Varies.

Cost: Program costs covered.

Who qualifies: Institutions of higher education, state departments of education, and private, nonprofit educational organizations.

A participant in the group must be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States and also:

  • A faculty member in modern foreign languages or area studies; or
  • A teacher in an elementary or secondary school; or
  • An experienced education administrator responsible for planning, conducting, or supervising programs in modern foreign languages or area studies at the elementary, secondary, or postsecondary level; or
  • A graduate student, or a junior or senior in an institution of higher education, who plans a teaching career in modern foreign languages or area studies

Deadline: The FY 2016 grant competition will open soon.

Description: This program provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development, group research or study, or advanced intensive language programs.

Additional Information

Projects must focus on the humanities, social sciences and languages, and must focus on one or more of the following areas: Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, the Western Hemisphere (Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean), East Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Near East. Applications that propose projects focused on Canada or Western Europe will not be funded.

The GPA program oversees two competitions. It holds an annual competition for the following:

Short-Term Seminars – A short-term seminar is designed to help integrate international studies into an institution’s or school system’s general curriculum. Seminars normally are five to six weeks in length and focus on a particular aspect of area studies, such as the culture of the area or a portion of the culture.

A Curriculum Development Team – A curriculum development team, composed of several faculty members or teachers or administrators, may spend four to six weeks in a foreign country or region acquiring resource materials for curriculum development in the modern foreign language or area studies programs. Resource materials may include artifacts, documents, books, educational films, museum reproductions, recordings, and other instructional materials. The project shall provide a systemic use and dissemination in the US. of the acquired materials.

Group Research or Study Projects — A group research or study project is designed to permit a group of faculty from institutions of higher education and graduate and undergraduate students to undertake research or study in a foreign country or region for a period of three to twelve months. The institution should make arrangements for any clearances or affiliations necessary for conducting research in the host country.

The GPA program holds a competition every four years for the following:

Advanced Overseas Intensive Language Projects – An advanced overseas intensive language project is designed to take advantage of the opportunities present in the foreign country by providing intensive advanced foreign language training. Language training shall be given at the advanced level, i.e., at the level equivalent to that provided to students who have successfully completed at least two academic years of language training. The language to be studied shall be indigenous to the host country and maximum use shall be made of local institutions and personnel. Under the grant, an advanced overseas intensive language project period may range up to four years (8 weeks minimum). Project activities may be carried out during a full year, an academic year, a semester, a trimester, a quarter, or a summer.

For more information on the types of projects included in the GPA program, please visit here.

Where: International (outside of Western Europe)

Length of program: 4-6 weeks

Cost: Free (round-trip economy airfare, room and board, tuition and fees, and program-related travel within the host country are included)

Who qualifies: educators in the fields of social sciences, humanities, languages (Elementary, Middle, High, administrators/curriculum specialists, librarians, museum educators, media/resource specialists, faculty or administrators from 2-4 year institutions of higher education)

Deadline: December 9, 2015

Description: The program provides short-term study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Support is generally made available through interagency agreements. The Department of Education transfers funds through the State Department to Fulbright commissions in various countries to pay the costs associated with administering seminars. This partnership allows the program to use the services and expertise of binational organizations to plan and conduct seminars for U.S. educators.

More information is available here.

Program Dates: Summers

Application Deadline: January 31, 2017

Program: Fund for Teachers

Where: International

Cost: free (up to $5,000 fellowship)

Who qualifies: Teachers in states with programs

Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students, and on their school communities. Full-time PK-12 teachers, with at least 3 years teaching experience, may apply for up to $5,000 individually or a team of teachers may apply for up to $10,000 for a summer learning experience of their own design. This is a tremendous opportunity!

Go to for additional information and to apply online. Webinars and local information sessions will be scheduled to explain the program and the application process. Questions? Email [email protected]

Where: Various international locations

Length of program: Generally, 10-14 days

Cost: Varies depending on length and location of tour; Arab/Muslim/Middle East-focused trips for 2016 are noted with links below.

Who qualifies: Educators, teachers, outreach professionals, academic support staff, plus paying friends/companions

Deadline: There are academic year and summer break programs available, deadlines depend on date of trip

Description: Founded in 2007, GEEO is a 501c3 non-profit organization that runs travel programs for teachers. Understanding the world today has never been more important. Much of that understanding comes from what we learn in school. Students look to their teachers for knowledge about a world that is not yet part of their own lived experience. By spending time abroad teachers gain fresh perspectives that deeply enrich their students’ learning and global awareness. Affordable prices with PD hours available. Program support is provided for participants by knowledgeable and accommodating staff. Further, a TeachMideast staff member joined a G Adventures (GEEO parent organization) visit in October 2015 to Armenia and Georgia and is available for questions on the experience.

For a compact list of all programs and their dates, please click here.

June 28-July 12, 2016: Morocco with the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies. All educators are welcome: full-time, part-time, retired, or support staff. You are also welcome to bring a non-teaching adult with you. Travel, adventure, and earn professional development credit! The cost of the trip is $1519 (lodging, transportation, some meals, entry tickets, etc.) plus airfare. Email Emma Harver at [email protected] with any questions. The registration deadline is June 1st.

July 20-27, 2016: Israel, $2,089.00 includes lodging, transportation, some meals, entry tickets, etc.

July 25-August 3, 2016: Heart of the Silk Road. GEEO and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley are collaborating on this program. In addition to the local guides arranged by GEEO, you will be accompanied by an academic representative from Berkeley, who will provide you with additional knowledge and help you process the experience for your classroom. Price is $1,139 and includes lodging, transportation, some meals, entry tickets, etc. Participants must cover cost of international airfare.

July 28-August 11, 2016: Turkey with the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University (NYU) are collaborating on this program. In addition to the local guides arranged by GEEO, you will be accompanied by an academic representative from NYU, who will provide additional knowledge and help you process the experience for your classroom. Price is $1,851.00 plus international airfare.

December 18, 2016-January 1, 2017: Morocco Winter Break. Price is $1,614.00 plus international airfare.

Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understandings offer regular professional development opportunities for educators such as teacher workshops and an annual summer institute.

Summer Teacher Institute 2019: The Enlightenment as Global Phenomenon

August 5-9, 2019, 9:00am – 3:00pm, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University

The Summer Teacher Institute 2019 will explore the Enlightenment as a global phenomenon, both in its origins and impact. As many historians have noted, the view of the Enlightenment as a European thought movement is inadequate and ignores both the effects of intellectual exchanges within and beyond Europe, including and after the Renaissance and Scientific Revolution.

What we call Enlightenment thought emerged during the first global era when Europeans were exposed to intellectual stimuli and challenges in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Not only mercantile but also scholarly exchanges characterized this period, and opened Europeans’ horizons on linguistic, philosophical, historical, literary, and religious traditions to which they had not been previously exposed. Merchants, missionaries and administrative officials of the trading companies encountered social settings in which people of multiple ethnicities and religions mingled and engaged in business and social engagement—unlike Europe, which was still in the throes of religious conflicts between Catholics and Protestants, and where Jews and Muslims found only limited and contingent tolerance. As ties with Asia deepened, exposure to unfamiliar legal and administrative models of governance confronted Europeans and stimulated deeper learning. Artistic traditions and a host of new products, technologies and styles flowed into Europe, stimulating new import substitution industries and innovations.

STI 2019 will explore both the global origins and the enduring global effects of enlightenment ideas and exchanges. The former were obscured by the rapid industrial and imperial advancement of Europe, the ideas of progress and civilizational decline, and the latter were distorted by the association of enlightenment ideas with modernity in post-colonial societies.

The scholars who will share their knowledge during the summer institute have explored connected histories across Afro-eurasian spaces, through their knowledge of multiple languages and creative work in archives across the world. On the other hand, there is the issue of the impact of the Enlightenment as a global phenomenon, which includes the participation of intellectuals in the now-colonized lands of Asia, Africa and the Americas in enlightenment ideas.

Among the themes we will pursue during the week-long institute are:

  • Europeans’ absorption of global knowledge
  • Scientific knowledge and travel
  • Human nature and ideas of race
  • A cosmopolitan republic of letters
  • Literary, artistic, and philosophical cross-pollination
  • Religious exploration
  • Consumption of things and ideas

Lunch will be provided daily, and attendees will receive books and other resources. Register here. We will continue to provide a limited number of travel grants. Apply for a travel grant here.

Check out what’s on their schedule.

Where: United States and some international

Length of program: 1 week

Cost: Free (includes books, room/board, travel allowance up to $400, or $500 for international)

Who qualifies: full time K-12 teachers, National Park Service interpreters and museum educators, community college faculty, recent graduates of undergraduate or graduates of education and history programs (priority to Gilder Lehrman affiliate schools)

Deadline: February

Description: Institutes which focus on US history topics

More information here.

The Global Education Conference is a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world. This year’s conference will take place Monday, November 16 throughThursday, November 19, 2015.

The call for proposals will open on June 28, 2015. The entire conference is virtual and will take place online in webinar format. Sessions are held around the clock to accommodate participant time zones.  The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for connecting classrooms while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity and educational access for all.

Where: Washington, DC, Poland, Germany, Israel

Length of program: 3 weeks

Cost: $3,000

Who qualifies: secondary teachers

Deadline: March

Description: Itineraries have included visits to museums, study at educational centers, visits to concentration camps, and the site of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

More information:

Where: Eastern Europe and Eurasia

Length of program: up to 8 weeks

Cost: free (visa assistance, international round-trip transportation, a monthly allowance for  housing and living expenses, and emergency evacuation insurance)

Deadline: TBA – check website

Description: The Short-Term Travel Grants Program (STG) supports postdoctoral scholars and professionals to conduct independent or collaborative in Easter Europe and Eurasia. With its flexible format and quick turnaround time, this program meets and important need for the scvholarly and policy communities, and makes a direct impact on the formation of U.S. foreign policy through the support of policy-relevant, “open-source” research on current regional issues of importance to the United States. STG is designed to allow scholars to conduct short, targeted projects without significantly affecting their teaching and work schedules.

More information:

What: The Kids In Need Foundation and its partners offer 8 separate grant programs that allow teachers to improve their classrooms. Awards from $100 to $500.

Cost: free to apply

Deadline: Varies, check individual applications

Description: KIN is dedicated to providing students and classrooms with supplies to ensure every child has access to a quality education. The grants support reading, writing, the arts, innovation, imagination and creativity, and more. Co-sponsors include Crayola, Jo-Ann Fabrics, and Elmer’s Glue. These grants could be applied to arts and crafts projects related to the Middle East for younger students.

More information:

Who qualifies: The Library of Congress awards grants under the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS)

Regional program to school districts, universities, cultural institutions, library systems and other educational organizations who wish to incorporate TPS materials and methods into their existing education and professional development programs for pre and in-service teachers, librarians, media specialists and other K-12 educators.

What is it: The TPS Regional program provides assistance and grants of up to $20,000 through its regional coordinators in the East, Midwest and West. The program promotes the widespread, sustained and effective use of primary sources from the Library of Congress within the educational community by increasing access to the TPS program for teachers who are not served by members of the TPS Educational Consortium.

More Information is available here.

M - Z

Where: University of Arizona, Tucson

Length of program: 1 week (alternate years; even years)

Cost: less than $200 (includes housing, breakfast, group lunches and dinners)

Who qualifies: K-12 teachers, college faculty

Deadline: May

Description: Summer Institute programs for teachers and a separate institute for high school sophomores and juniors. Sessions are conducted at the Institute on various topics concerning the Middle East. The Institute offers teachers and students the opportunity to learn about and experience Middle Eastern culture first hand. Faculty members and guest speakers offer a wide array of knowledge concerning the Middle East and help make and enriching experience for all those attending.

More information here.

Where: United States K-12 Schools

When: 2017-2018 school year

Description: The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education has grants available up to $1,000 to be awarded in 2016 to educators who need assistance to further their 2017-2018 program goals. Applications may be made for a grant up to $1,000 for a specific project within schools serving all children (including students who learn differently) pre-K–12, that integrates the arts into educational programs. The purpose for this grant is to aid and support teachers who wish to establish or maintain an effective learning tool using the visual arts within the school day.

Who qualifies: Full-time secondary (pre-k-12) teachers of any relevant subject matter including but not limited to history, math, literature, science, government, music and social studies. Public, private, charter, independent and religious-affiliated schools will receive equal consideration.

Deadline: Postmarked September 30, 2016

More information here.

Where: Washington DC, and other sites

Length of program: 1 week

Cost: $100 registration fee, plus food, housing, and travel; stipend upon completion

Who qualifies: upper elementary, secondary, and college

Deadline: 6 weeks before workshop (approx. May)

Description: This workshop provides a varied program of lectures, demonstrations, analysis of documents, independent research, and group work that introduces teachers to the holdings and organization of the National Archives. Participants will learn how to research historical records, create classroom materials based on the records, and present documents in ways that sharpen students’ skills and enthusiasm for history, government, and the other humanities. Each participant will search the holdings of the National Archives for documents suitable for classroom use and develop strategies for using these documents in the classroom, or design professional development activities to help classroom teachers use primary source documents effectively.

More information here.

The NEA (National Education Association) Foundation offers grants to qualifying teacher members and students.

What: $2,000 grant for PD programs including travel that don’t include university tuition,. Funding preference will be given to projects that incorporate school farming, aquaponics, global learning, and/or the NEA Foundation’s online courses.

Where: United States

Length of program: N/A

Who qualifies: Public school teachers who are NEA members; the NEA Foundation also strongly encourages Education Support Professionals to apply for funding in any area.

Deadline: Deadlines for applications are due February 1, June 1, and October 15. Want to learn more?

Description: Our goal is to fund and share successful strategies to educate and prepare students for bright and rewarding futures. We have learned that the best teaching methods come from our greatest assets: educators. That is why, over the last 10 years, we have awarded more than $7.1 million to fund nearly 4,500 grants to public school educators to enhance teaching and learning.

Learning & Leadership Grants

Our Learning & Leadership grants support NEA members who are public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: Educational grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.

Student Achievement Grants

The NEA Foundation provides NEA members with grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.

More: Read NEA Foundation’s frequently asked questions; for more information, visit:

Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops

Where: United States

Length of program: 1 week

Cost: free (stipend of $1,200 to cover living expenses, books, and travel expenses to and from the Workshop location)

Who qualifies: K-12 educators, administrators, substitute teachers, classroom professionals; separate programs for community college professors


Description: Each year NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops provide the opportunity for K-12 educators to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics in American history and culture. These one-week programs will give participants direct experiences in the interpretation of significant historical and cultural sites and the use of archival and other primary evidence. Landmarks Workshops present the best scholarship on a specific landmark or related cluster of landmarks, enabling participants to gain a sense of the importance of historical places, to make connections between what they learn in the Workshop and what they teach, and to develop enhanced teaching or research materials.

More information:

Seminars and Institutes for School and College Educators

Where: at locations around the US and international

Length of program: 2-6 weeks

Cost: Each year, NEH offers tuition-free opportunities for school, college, and university educators to study a variety of humanities topics. Stipends of $1,200-$3,900 help cover expenses for these one- to five-week programs.

Who qualifies: Full time teachers in American K-12 schools; librarians and school administrators may also be eligible; separate programs for college and university professors

Deadline: Varies by program

Description: Each year the NEH’s Division of Education Programs offers teachers opportunities to study a variety of humanities topics in NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes. An NEH Summer Seminar for school teachers enables sixteen participants to explore a topic or set of readings with an expert scholar. The core material of the seminar need not relate directly to the school curriculum; the principal goal of the seminar is to engage teachers in the scholarly enterprise and to expand and deepen their understanding of the humanities through reading, discussion, writing, and reflection.

Relevant 2016 programs include:

Muslim American Identities, Past and Present

Deadline: March 1, 2017
Dates: July 9-28 (3 weeks)
Project Director(s): Edward Curtis
Location: Indianapolis, IN
For more information: [email protected] (317) 278-1683

Foreign Exchanges: The U.S. and the Wider World in the Twentieth Century

Deadline: March 1, 2017
Dates: July 2-21 (3 weeks)
Project Director(s): Ann Marie Gleeson, Christopher Capozzola
Visiting Faculty: Julian Go, Davarian Baldwin, David Ekbladh, David Engerman, Christina Klein, and Arissa Oh
Location: Watertown, MA
For more information: [email protected] (617) 923-9933 x133

More information on NEH Summer Programs in the Humanities for School and College Educators can be found here:

Where: Aboard a ship to Norway and Arctic Svalbard (Destination varies yearly)

Length of program: 11 days/9 nights, including travel time and pre-/post-trip stays on shore

Cost: Free. Program pays all room and board, all transfers, round trip airfare between your home airport and the ship, and substitute teacher costs for the days of the pre-voyage workshop if requested.

Who qualifies: K-12 classroom teachers and informal educators from the 50 U.S. states, Canada, and Puerto Rico

Deadline: Applications available in November, check website for deadline

Description: Selected educators will travel aboard the ship National Geographic Explorer in June or July to Norway and Arctic Svalbard. While aboard, Fellows will share the importance of geo-literacy with fellow travelers, develop activities to bring back to their classrooms, and have an adventure of a lifetime in the “land of the ice bears.” Prior to the expedition, all Grosvenor Teacher Fellows will travel free to Washington, D.C. to participate in a workshop sponsored by Google, National Geographic, and Lindblad Expeditions. Through this program, exemplary educators are recognized for their commitment to geo-literacy and are given a professional development opportunity to be actively engaged in finding new ways to bring geographic awareness and ocean stewardship to their classrooms or informal learning environments through a field-based exoeperience.

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Where: Kansas City, Missouri

Length of program: 4 days in June or July (TBA)

Cost: Free: Stipend provided for transportation expenses to and from Kansas City, hotel stay and daytime meals, private access to the National World War I Museum, books and other supplies, PD hours and ongoing support from Museum staff throughout the Fellowship year

Who qualifies: Full-time secondary (7-12) teachers of any relevant subject matter including but not limited to history, math, literature, science, government, music and social studies. Public, private, charter, independent and religious-affiliated schools will receive equal consideration.

Deadline: (application available November or December

Description: The National World War I Museum Teacher Fellowship Program will provide participants with unique and exciting opportunities to grow within their profession while creating materials and engaging in collaboration with similarly qualified and ambitious teachers from around the United States.

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People to People is a cross-cultural oriented organization that exposes students and lifelong learners to global opportunities. Teachers can lead group study visits abroad and assist through mentoring and leadership to increase global literacy. For more information, visit here.

QFI’s grants to teachers are designed to strengthen the teaching profession in the US, Brazil, and Qatar – providing training and access to professional meetings, supporting advances in curriculum and instruction and creating new venues for collaboration. These grants currently fall under the following three categories: Teacher Initiative Grants, Teacher Fellowships, and Education and Travel Grants. More information can be found here.

Receive Facilitator Training & Lead Online Dialogue Sessions

Soliya is an international nonprofit organization preparing the next generation with the skills, attitudes, and commitment to engage with difference constructively. We operate at the intersection of technology, peacebuilding, and global education to foster local awareness and global perspectives.

Facilitators are integral to Soliya’s mission: the quality and rigor of Connect Program sessions rely on the highly skilled and extensively trained facilitator community. This global community draws from a wide range of professions and backgrounds and represents a variety of interests, politics, countries, and cultures, but all share a curiosity about the world and a passion for engaging an inclusive, diverse community in constructive dialogue.

Soliya designed trainings that teach facilitation and conflict resolution skills that are applicable to a variety of professional interpersonal interactions, as well as the unique experience of the Connect Program.

Through its Facilitation Training and Practicum Program you can become part of Soliya’s mission, develop your skills in facilitation and leading virtual exchange, and connect to our international community.

As a facilitator with Soliya, you will gain:

  • An opportunity to get hands-on experience facilitating cross-cultural dialogue.
  • Extensive training relevant to both in-person and online group facilitation.
  • An opportunity to work closely with a partner from across the globe and to be part of an extraordinary international network of volunteers.
  • Build 21st century skills such as leadership and initiative, critical thinking and problem solving, cross cultural communication and collaboration, and teamwork.
  • Access to Soliya’s dialogue facilitation resources and online learning materials.
  • Experience working with a growing international non-profit organization.
  • Access to continued development and training through Soliya’s volunteer growth path and unique engagement opportunities and workshops provided to our community.

Learn more here.

What: Target stores award Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued up to $700. These could be used to visit area museums, multicultural centers, performances, festivals, and more.

Who Qualifies: Education professionals who are at least 18 years old and employed by an accredited K-12 public, private or charter school in the United States that maintains a 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status are eligible to apply. Educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals or classified staff of these institutions must be willing to plan and execute a field trip that will provide a demonstrable learning experience for students.

Description (from granting organization): Some of the best learning opportunities happen outside the classroom. We’re bringing students once-in-a-lifetime learning experiences through field trips they’ll never forget. It’s become increasingly difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. To help them out, we launched Field Trip Grants in 2007. Since then, we’ve made it possible for millions of students to go on a field trip.

Application Deadline: October 1, 2016.

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Program Dates: 2015-2016 (with travel component in spring or summer 2016); one year program with 2-3 week in-country experience

Application Deadline:  March 18, 2015, check back for 2016 program information

The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) is a year-long professional development opportunity for United States elementary, middle and high school teachers to become leaders in global education. Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by IREX, the TGC Program includes a graduate-level online course focused on globalizing classrooms, a Washington, DC Global Education Symposium, a two to three-week international travel fellowship, and alumni opportunities. A capstone project that will serve the fellows’ broader school communities is required. Approximately 82 teachers will be selected nationwide for the 2015-16 program.

Where: regional and at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC

Length of program: varies

Cost: free

Who qualifies: middle- and high school teachers

Deadline: varies

Description: Take the time to deepen your understanding of Holocaust history and enrich your teaching skills. In addition to an online workshop, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum offers workshops and conferences onsite at the Museum and in your state.

More information can be found here.

Where: Ohio (Ashland University)

Length of program: 6 days

Cost: free (includes meals and housing, $500 stipend for attending)

Who qualifies: K-12 classroom teachers (priority to TAH schools)

Deadline: March

Description: The Ashbrook Center is offering 23 summer institutes that will assist teachers in deepening and broadening both their understanding and appreciation of American history. The focus of the institutes will be the substantive study of American history. The discussions will revolve around original historical documents and their use in the classroom.

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What is it: A place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools.

Teaching Tolerance’s educational kits and subscriptions to its magazine are FREE to classroom teachers, librarians, school counselors, school administrators, professors of education, youth directors at houses of worship and employees of youth-serving nonprofit organizations.

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What: Title VI National Resource Center Summer Programs

These programs are typically free but you will need to cover your expenses and lodging if coming from out of town. Some centers may offer subsidized housing. NRC’s are government funded, area studies outreach centers where teachers can access valuable resources and specialists. Multicultural programs with Middle East content will be offered over the 2016 summer break at a number of universities, including:

China in the Middle East and Africa
August 6 – 9, 2018 @ Georgetown University
Free for teachers

Dimensions of the Middle East: Foundations, Cultures, and Geopolitics
June 24 – 29, 2018 @ Duke University
Free for teachers + all travel and lodging costs will be fully funded

Decentering the State: Refugees, Migration, and Displacement (in collaboration with the Columbia University Middle East Institute)
June 29 – 30, 2018 @ Columbia University campus
Free for teachers; professional development credits for NY state teachers

An Era of Restrictions & Bans: Collecting Oral Histories
July 20 – 21, 2018 @ Columbia University campus
Free for teachers; professional development credits for NY state teachers

For a comprehensive list of all Title VI National Resource Center teacher programs, visit this website

Where: International

Length of program: 2 weeks

Cost: free

Who qualifies: US Citizens; 7-12 teachers (or 6th grade teachers in a JrHS or Middle School)

Deadline: **program temporarily on hold for development of programs with STEM focus – keep an eye on this for future programs**

Description: The Toyota International Teacher Program is an international professional-development opportunity for U.S. secondary school teachers focusing on environmental stewardship and global connectedness. Selected teachers travel on a short-term (2-3 week) study tour to a country that is at the forefront of innovative solutions to environmental challenges. The teachers explore environmental issues through hands-on activities and incorporate what they learn into interdisciplinary and solution-focused plesson plans to share with their students and communities in the U.S.

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Where: Turkey

Length of program: 2 weeks

Cost: free

Who qualifies: middle- and high school teachers

Deadline: (application through participating WACA – World Affairs Councils of America chapters)

Description: Through this program, teachers enhance their classroom curriculum while exploring Turkey. Upon their return, the teachers integrate their gained knowledge into their curricula and share their experiences with their local communities through TCF-funded cultural programs on Turkey, organized by local World Affairs Councils.

More information can be found here.

Various Topics Including Community-Based Peacebuilding – Engaging Youth 

Program Dates: January 5-February 1, 2015

Registration Deadline: Rotating

The US Institute of Peace Global Campus is offering this excellent four-week instructor-led online course, designed to support the work of community-based peacebuilders, such as teachers, conflict resolution trainers, and community leaders, who want to channel the energy and enthusiasm of young people in positive ways. The course is designed to equip peacebuilders with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to engage youth in peacebuilding projects in their communities. The course curriculum includes scheduled activities, self-paced activities, and additional learning resources.

Online courses are offered regularly; though the above sample course has passed, visit USIP for additional courses. For further information about this particular and to register, go to Questions? Contact Leah Cullins at [email protected].