Application Deadline for U.S. Teachers: December 1, 2016 | Apply Online
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program
, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by IIE, seeks to improve mutual understanding among teachers, their schools and communities in the U.S. and abroad. This program allows teachers to go abroad for three to six months to take classes at an international university, observe classes and offer seminars in local schools and complete a project of their own design.
Participating Countries for 2017-2018
: Botswana, Finland, Greece, India, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestinian Territories, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and Vietnam
Contest Submission Deadline: November 18, 2016 at 12 noon EDT
The U.S. Department of State is challenging all U.S. alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to tell the world about the incredible benefits of international exchange and inspire more Americans to go abroad. How did your international experience change you for the better? There are three ways to participate in the 2016 U.S. Citizen Diplomacy Challenge. Choose your favorite or participate in all three for a chance to win a professional development trip to Washington D.C. and other exclusive prizes!
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
offers merit-based scholarships to study one of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish. The application deadline for summer 2017 and academic year 2017-2018 programs is October 27, 2016
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program
offers merit-based scholarships to study for an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey. Applications for academic year 2017-18 programs are due December 1, 2016
Contest deadline: January 17, 2017
AFS Project: Change
is an educational contest that prompts 8th-12th graders to analyze and address global issues through volunteerism. By participating in this service learning project, students realize their potential to create global change, and build important 21st century skills like critical thinking, collaboration, empathy and intercultural communication.
Students enter by submitting an original volunteer project idea (via essay or video) that could have a meaningful impact abroad. If a student’s idea is chosen as the winning project, they will receive a full scholarship to spend two weeks abroad
and make their vision come to life. Nine other students will also receive scholarships to participate in the program.
Free Resources for Teachers
is designed to not only provide unique opportunities for students, but also to help educators foster global competency. Students can participate in Project: Change independently or as part of a class exercise facilitated by a free, in-depth lesson plan provided by AFS-USA. Educators can access this free lesson plan
on the Project: Change website, along with numerous other resources for bringing global learning into the classroom.