Science Education Beyond Borders

Location: Shanghai, China
Dates: July 26 - August 5, 2014  (ADMISSIONS ARE CLOSED FOR 2014)

Building on the strengths of NYU Steinhardt as a leader in STEME Education, the first annual theme for summer 2014 will be: "Science Education Beyond Borders" to take place in Shanghai, China, where NYU has a new campus

Program Highlights:

Additionally, the group will tour cultural sites in Shanghai, including the Bund, the Huangpu River, Yuyuan Garden, the Shanghai Museum, and participants will have time for independent sightseeing.

Selected candidates will participate in pre- and post-travel activities in New York City in addition to the International Study Trip. Additional details will be shared upon acceptance.


Selection Criteria

Elementary, middle school, and high school teachers in NYC public schools with 3+ years of experience at the time of application are encouraged to apply. Teachers who are currently working on an advanced degree, but have three years of experience teaching in an NYC public school are eligible to apply. 

Applicants must currently be classroom teachers. Administrators are not eligible to apply. 

Each applicant must demonstrate in the personal statement how participating in the program will enhance his/her practice as teachers.  Educators of the STEME fields (science, technology, engineering, math, and environmental science) at all levels, who meet the above criteria are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Astor Fellows Selection Committee, composed of NYU Steinhardt faculty and staff, will review all applications and identify finalists based on:

  1. Achievements of the teacher, and statement of purpose essay, as described in the online teacher application form. We seek a good fit between participants and the academic theme.  Applicants should use the statement of purpose to explain this connection.  
  2. An online recommendation form from a school leader (e.g. principal, headmaster, parent organization president, etc.) who is familiar with the candidates' teaching and contributions to the school.

Finalists will be invited to interview, in person or by Skype, with the Selection Committee.  Fellows will be selected from the group of finalists. 

How to Apply

A complete application consists of two parts:

Application Deadline: Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:59pm.

Both forms are web-based and paper copies are not available. Only complete applications will be considered. Finalist interviews will take place in February 2014. Additional information to be provided to finalists.

Notifications will be emailed to all applicants in early March.

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NYU Steinhardt will arrange single accommodations at three- or four-star international hotels in Shanghai, China.


2014 Draft Itinerary - For reference only


Pamela Fraser-Abder, Professor of Science Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.


NYU Steinhardt, through the generous support of the estate of Mrs. Brooke Astor, will cover the following participant expenses:

Participants are responsible for the following costs:

* Note that partners/spouses are welcome to join the group but must pay their own expenses for flight, meals, visas, and activities.  Partner may share hotel accommodations in China with the Fellow at no additional cost.


NYU Steinhardt will make round-trip flight arrangements on a direct flight, economy-class, from one of the New York City airports (JFK or Newark) to Shanghai. Participants are required to arrange their own ground travel to and from the airport in New York.