Want the opportunity to travel, research, and share your learning experiences with others? And do it without spending a dime? As an educator, you have the opportunity to apply for a variety of scholarships, grants, and service programs that allow you to do all of that and more. With so many places to visit, subjects to study, and people to serve, you’ll be sure to find a program that best suits you.
Toyota gives grants to people throughout the nation for three main areas: environment, education, and vehicle safety. If you’re an educator, you already have one of the three areas down! Why not plan an environmental science trip to a tropical location? Where you can research something that has intrigued you since you started teaching? Check out this grantee's blog who went to the Galapagos Islands for two weeks.
Here’s what you need to know: Show your passion and investment in your community by creating traction at the local level. The more press you can get, the more you show your grant that you are actually achieving something.
Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program is the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world. Fulbright partners with a range of organizations such as the U.S. government, universities, and nonprofits. They have short-term (one month) and long-term programs
Awards are given to current full-time primary-secondary teachers, special ed coordinators, librarians, and curriculum specialists. Applicants should also have a Master’s Degree and be a U.S. citizen.
Tips for applying: Fulbright Awards invest in people, not programs. Their goal is to spread diplomacy around the world. So, if you’re a cultural ambassador looking to cultivate international ties, look into Fulbright.
The Peace Corps Response “provides qualified professionals the opportunity to serve in rewarding, short-term assignments, in various programs around the world.” Unlike other volunteer programs, you apply for a specific job online. Most openings are in health care, agriculture, education, and youth development. The turnaround is fast- completed applications are returned within 6-9 weeks. Requirements include being a U.S. citizen and either a returned Peace Corp volunteer or a professional with 10 years of experience in your field.
National Endowment for the Humanities is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the U.S. Individuals pursuing advanced research valuable to humanities scholars, general audiences (or both) can receive summer stipends to finance their trips. If you’re half-way through a research project, no problem, summer stipends can go to a project in any stage of development. The project just has to be continuous and full-time.
What you need to know: People tend to win for scholarly articles, books, archaeological site reports, and translations. About 10% of applicants receive a summer stipend, and amounts vary year to year.
NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Program gives teachers the opportunity to contribute to oceanic and atmospheric scientific research. Teachers live at sea for about a 12-14 days conducting research in a small team of other teachers and scientists. Applications open in November. They also keep a great blog about research projects.
Want to study literature and the arts at prestigious learning centers in the UK? Check out British Universities Summer School. Every summer, they offer 3 two-week courses: British and Irish Literature from 1900 to the Present, Creative Writing, and Contemporary British and Irish Theatre Performance. The amazing experience comes with a hefty price tag, but needs-based scholarships and other financial aid is available.
From poetry readings in Scottish castles to atmospheric conditions research over the Atlantic, there is a (free!) program for you. You just got to go out there and find it! Share any other info about travel opportunities for educators on our Facebook page.