Apply now! Global Learning Fellowship Program


Through the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship, public school 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.

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 public school 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.

Program Timeline


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.


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.


Fellows get the opportunity to apply their global professional development training through a hands-on international study experience. In their field-study country, Fellows will 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), Peru (2015 & 2016), and South Africa (2018 & planned for 2019). The anticipated field study destination for the 2020 Global Learning Fellowship is Peru.

This trip will take place in late July.

Click here to apply for the 2021 Global Learning Fellowship.