Who May Apply: (by category) Individuals (as described below)
Those eligible to apply to the four- to six-week seminars must fall under the categories listed below:
- Elementary school teachers in the fields of social sciences, humanities, including languages;
- Middle or high school educators in the fields of social sciences, humanities, including languages;
- Administrators or curriculum specialists who have responsibility for curriculum in the fields of social sciences, humanities, including languages;
- Librarians, museum educators or media or resource specialists who have responsibility for curriculum in the fields of social sciences, humanities, including languages; and
- Faculty or administrators from public or private, two- or four-year institutions of higher education whose discipline is related to social sciences, humanities, languages, and/or area studies.
Basic eligibility requirements for seminar participants:
- Citizenship - must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident.
- Academic Preparation - must hold at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
- Professional Experience - (1) must have at least three years of full-time experience by the time of departure for the seminar; (2) must be currently employed full-time in a U.S. school system, U.S. accredited institution of higher education, local education agency, state education agency, library, or museum. (Some examples include curriculum specialists, librarians, museum educators, and media or resource specialistsl; experience as a student teacher is not applicable toward the three years of required full-time professional experience); and (3) must be currently employed full-time in a teaching position at the level for which the candidate is applying.
- Health - The candidate must be physically and psychologically able to participate in all phases of the seminar. Award recipients must provide a physician's statement to reflect participant's readiness for travel.
- 50 Percent Rule - Applications are accepted from those who work in two half-time permanent positions in two different schools or organizations teaching or working at the same or similar academic levels. Applicants must provide documentation that both positions add up to the equivalent of a full-time position.
- Suitability and Adaptability -- The applicants' professional suitability and cross-cultural adaptability are assessed through the evaluation criteria, essay responses and letters of reference.
Competitive Preference Priority– Applications from any one of the following will receive two points:
- K-12 teachers/administrators who work at schools identified as Title I or those eligible for the Federal Student Aid Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program (see links below).
- Faculty members who teach at Minority-Serving Institutions (as defined in this application).
- Faculty members who teach at Community Colleges (as defined in this application).
- New applicants (as defined in this application).