Applications for 2014 Global Teacher Fellowship Program Now Open

Last Updated: October 29, 2013

This article appeared in the December 2013 Rural Policy Matters.

The Rural Trust's Global Teacher Fellowship program will be awarding up to 25 study/tour fellowships in 2014 to support the professional and personal development of rural teachers.

The awards (up to $5,000 for individual teachers and $10,000 for a team of two or more teachers) support teachers’ participation in self-designed summer learning experiences and a two-day place-based learning institute in the fall following their summer experience. This fellowship is a stand-alone grant not meant to supplement other grant funds for larger projects.

Teachers are encouraged to center their learning in an international travel and study experience, out of which they develop interdisciplinary, place-based learning curricula aligned with their specific state and local content standards.

Eligibility: Any K–12 teacher working full-time and teaching at least 60% time in a rural community can apply for the fellowship. Counselors, media specialists, and other school personnel working in a teaching setting for at least 60% of their paid work time may also apply. Teachers must have completed four years of teaching experience by the start of the fellowship.

The Rural Trust defines a rural community by National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) locale codes: 32 (Town, Distant); 33 (Town, Remote); 41 (Rural, Fringe); 42 (Rural, Distant); or 43 (Rural, Remote). If your school is listed in one of these locale codes and you meet the criteria above, you are eligible to apply. If your school or district is REAP eligible, you may also apply. For more details on eligibility, see the FAQs page

Application deadline is January 30, 2014.

You can learn more about the Global Teacher Fellowship program at You can read about the most recent Global Fellows and in 2013 Global Teacher Fellows Share Experiences.