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 cohort of 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. 

2019 Theme: "Engaging Local Languages and Knowledge in Schools"

Location: Accra, Ghana
Faculty: Shondel Nero, Professor of Language Education
Program Dates: July 8-19, 2019
Program Page: Click here

Ghana is a multilingual and multiethnic West African nation where English is the official language and primary language of schooling, owing to British colonization. Ghanaian teachers, like those in NYC, are also challenged to educate a multilingual population in an environment where one language – English, native to a minority - is privileged in schooling. Ghana is thus an appropriate site to examine the ways in which the students’ languages and local knowledge are engaged in schools. 

Deadline: January 20, 2019

All materials must be received by the application deadline in order to be considered. A complete application consists of the following two parts:


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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, astor.fellows@nyu.edu