NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship


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.

Over the course of a year, NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows immerse themselves in online coursework, webinars, reading and reflection as well as in a two-day professional workshop and an international field study. The field study brings the cohort together to investigate the historical and cultural context of the country they visit and learn about its education system through meetings with policymakers, business and nonprofit leaders as well as visits to schools to meet teachers, students and administrators. The NEA Foundation partners with EF Educational Tours, a global leader in international education, to design transformative field study experiences for the Fellows. The field study country for the 2024 cohort is Costa Rica.

Ready to Apply?

The deadline to apply for the 2024 cohort is April 1! To learn more, check out the GLF FAQ page.




You are eligible to apply if:

  • You are employed as a current classroom educator with responsibility for creating lesson plans and delivering instruction to K-12 students in a public school.
  • You have three or more years of teaching experience.
  • You are a current NEA member.

Application Rubric

Download the application rubric for the 2024 cohort.

Program Timeline

Fall Professional Development Conference

During the conference, 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.

Capstone Project

Fellows will collaborate in their mentor groups to design projects that answer the following question: “How do we create global experiences in our classrooms?” with the intent to allow fellows to apply what they are learning from the coursework and webinar discussions while collaborating with peers.

Field Study

A culmination of a year-long professional development program, the international field study will allow fellows to immerse themselves in learning about the history, culture, and education systems of South Africa during a 10-day visit in July, 2023.

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