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Astor International Travel Fellowship for New York City Teachers

Applications for the Summer 2024 edition of the program are now closed. The Summer 2025 program theme and location will be posted in the fall, and the application will open in early December 2024.


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 summer, a cohort of teachers will be selected to travel with NYU Steinhardt faculty as Astor International Fellows. The program rotates locations among NYU’s global academic centers and campuses, focusing on a specific theme each year. We seek to recruit diverse cohorts of Fellows teaching at all levels and across academic disciplines within the NYC public school system.

This program is intended to broaden full-time classroom teachers' horizons and inspire them with ideas for classroom innovation through an international experience. 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 alumni of the Fellowship. Fellows do not receive NYU course credit or continuing education credit. 


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

  • Be a current, full-time classroom teacher in a New York City Public School
  • Have completed three years or more of full-time teaching in a New York City public school.

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.

Summer 2024 Program

Explore the theme of "Finding Joy Engaging with the Earth: Biodiversity, Fossils, and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy" in the United Kingdom!

Learn more!
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Previous Themes

2023: School-EdTech Partnerships in Startup Nation

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Faculty: Yoav Bergner, Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences/Educational Technology
Program Dates: July 3-14, 2023

2022: The Power of Stories: Contemporary Art, Identity, and Race

Location: Berlin, Germany
Faculty: Dipti Desai, Professor of Art and Art Education and Jessica Hamlin, Clinical Assistant Professor of Art + Education
Program Dates: July 4-14, 2022

2019: Engaging Local Languages and Knowledge in Schools

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

2018: Global Music Education

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Faculty: S. Alex Ruthmann, Associate Professor of Music Education and Music Technology
Program Dates: July 2-13, 2018

2017: The Hyper-Diverse Classroom

Location: London, United Kingdom
Faculty: Fabienne Doucet, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
Program Dates: July 5-15, 2017

2016: Arts Education Down Under

Location: Sydney, Australia
Faculty: Philip Taylor, Associate Professor of Educational Theatre
Program Dates: July 22 - August 3, 2016

2015: Special Education Beyond Borders

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Faculty: Mark Alter, Professor of Educational Psychology
Program Dates: July 6 - 16, 2015

2014: Science Education Beyond Borders

Location: Shanghai, China
Faculty: Pamela Fraser-Abder, Professor of Science Education
Program Dates: July 26 - August 5, 2014