U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) - IREX
Opportunity to USA and Territories full-time elementary, middle, and high school teachers working in public, private, or charter schools to participate in a research-based program in a foreign country. The program is intended to allow educators to conduct research and engage in other professional learning experiences abroad. Participants work on individual inquiry projects on a topic relevant to education in the United States and the host country, take courses at a host university, and collaborate with colleagues on educational practices to improve student learning.
The goal of the program is for participants to grow their leadership skills; expand their access to global networks; inform research, policy, and practice; and promote mutual understanding. As part of the application process, educators identify a topic relevant to their own educational practice that can be enhanced by collaboration with colleagues in another country.
Distinguished educators who are selected to participate in the program will:
Upon returning home, educators will be expected to share the knowledge and experience gained during the program with educators and students in their home schools and communities.
GrantWatch ID#: 194352
The program covers travel costs for the orientation and international field experience. Additionally, each fellow receives a stipend to cover in-country expenses associated with participation in the program, such as housing, meals, transportation, and other necessary items. The stipend is not intended to replace a participant’s salary. Educators typically negotiate with their schools and districts regarding fully or partially paid leave and benefits. The amount of the stipend provided to each participant will depend on the host country, the duration of the field experience, and other factors.
Fellows may bring dependents with them to the host country and will receive a modest allowance for each dependent that accompanies them for at least 80 percent of the program.
The length of the program is three to six months and can take place during the fall or spring semester of the academic year, depending on host country requirements and the proposed project.
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