Global Affairs

Astor International Travel Fellowship for New York City Teachers


The Astor International Travel Fellowship for New York City Teachers, made possible through a generous gift from Mrs. Brooke Astor, celebrates the accomplishments of full-time, classroom teachers in the New York City public schools by awarding them a fully-sponsored, ten-day, educational fellowship with NYU Steinhardt faculty. 

Each year, fellowships will be awarded to a group of 10 to 12 teachers, who will travel during the summer as Astor International Fellows with NYU Steinhardt faculty. The program rotates locations among NYU’s global academic centers and campuses, focusing on a specific theme each year. Program themes will range from academic subject-specific themes (e.g. STEM education, special education, literacy, art, music) to broader topics such as bilingual education, diversity and inclusion.

This program is intended to broaden full-time classroom teachers' horizons and inspire them with ideas for classroom innovation through an international experience centered on a specific academic subject or theme. Upon return, Fellows promote innovation and quality instruction in New York City classrooms through an annual fall symposium attended by the NYU community, teacher colleagues, and the general public, and through ongoing events as part of the Astor Fellows Alumni Network. Visit our engagement page to learn more. Fellows do not receive NYU course credit or continuing education credit. 


In order to be eligible to apply for this opportunity, you must:

Please note: This opportunity is intended to build a community of best practices for full-time classroom teachers. School staff other than full-time classroom teachers (i.e. substitute teachers, administrators, counselors, principals, etc.) are not eligible to apply. 

2017 Theme: "The Hyper-Diverse Classroom"

Location: London, England
Faculty: Fabienne Doucet, PhD, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and Program Leader, Childhood Education
Program Dates: July 5-15, 2017
Program Page: click here

Educators in hyper-diverse cities like New York grapple with teaching to a diverse student body, one that brings a mix backgrounds, cultures, and lifestyles into the classroom -- often very different from one another. On the 2017 Astor Fellows program, educators will use London as their own classroom, to learn how teachers and schools in another hyper-diverse city contend with the matter of diverse student bodies. Educators will investigate curriculum development of culturally relevant and sustainable pedagogy, as well as social dynamics and immigrant adaptation in schools with hyper-diverse student populations.

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For More Information

The Office of Global Affairs, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development, New York University, 82 Washington Square East, 5th floor, New York, NY 10003; 1-212-992-9380,