Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools Program

Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools Program

The Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools Program is a professional development opportunity for U.S. K–12 school and district administrators. U.S. administrators will travel to Finland for a 10-day immersive, international experience. Administrators will gain a deeper understanding of their roles as leaders in creating students who are ready for the global economy.

The Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX in the U.S. and Fulbright Finland Foundation in Finland.

US flag, seal of the US Department of State, Fulbright logo, Fulbright Finland logo, and photo of participants at a table

The Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools Program is a professional development opportunity for U.S. K–12 school and district administrators. U.S. administrators will travel to Finland for a 10-day immersive, international experience. Administrators will gain a deeper understanding of their roles as leaders in creating students who are ready for the global economy.

The Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX in the U.S. and Fulbright Finland Foundation in Finland.

Apply for the Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools Program

We are now accepting applications from U.S. K12 administrators.

Applications are due on December 13, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Sponsor

US flag, seal of the US Department of State, and Fulbright Finland logo

The Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX in the U.S. and Fulbright Finland Foundation in Finland.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries around the world. ECA strives to achieve this goal through a wide range of international exchanges as authorized by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended. ECA works in close cooperation with U.S. Embassies and bilateral Fulbright Commissions overseas to promote personal, professional, and institutional ties between private citizens and organizations in the United States and abroad.

The Fulbright Finland Foundation is an independent not-for-profit based in Helsinki, Finland. With the purpose of promoting a wider exchange of knowledge and professional talents through educational contacts between Finland and the United States, the Foundation collaborates with a range of government, foundation, university and corporate partners on both sides of the Atlantic to design and manage study and research scholarships, leadership development programs, and internationalization services.

Project Timeline

  • Accepting applications: October 15–December 13, 2018
  • Applicants notified: February 2019
  • Departure to Finland: March 6, 2019

Project Activities

  • Ten-day immersive international experience: Approximately 10 K–12 U.S. school administrators will take part in an intensive 10-day program. During the program, they will engage with their American peers and international colleagues to explore effective practices in school leadership.
  • Predeparture and in-country orientations:  Participants will participate in preprogram and in-country welcome workshops, including briefings, panel discussions, and breakout sessions, to provide an overview of the country’s education system.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Five or more years of experience working as a K–12 school and/or district administrator (principal, assistant principal, superintendent, etc.)
  • Full-time employment as an administrator at a public, private, or charter school or district in the U.S., a U.S. territory, or within the Department of Defense Education Activity
  • Master’s degree
  • U.S. citizen and resident of the U.S., a U.S. territory, or on a Department of Defense Education Activity Campus
  • Demonstrated leadership in education innovation
  • Commitment to working in K–12 school administration after completing the program
  • Preference for applicants working in high-need schools or districts, or with traditionally underserved populations
  • Ability to travel for the entirety of the program

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Current IREX employees and consultants and their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings) are not eligible to compete in any grant programs that IREX implements. The U.S. Department of State and IREX do not discriminate against grant applicants because of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected characteristic as established by U.S. law. This program promotes diversity in education. It supports inclusion and strongly encourages applicants with disabilities to apply.

Contact

FulbrightAdministrators@irex.org

 

 

The Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX in the U.S. and Fulbright Finland Foundation in Finland.