Rural Teacher Global Fellowship

Congratulations to the 2016 GTF Award Winners!
Julie Thatcher, Arkansas City Middle, KS: Italy
Christy Davis, Pepperelle Middle, GA: Cuba
Elizabeth Burden, Marshall Elementary, KS: Ecuador
Gabrielle Patrick, Sandy Grove Middle, NC: Cuba
Michael Williams, Warren New Tech High, NC: England
Yvette Cantu, Travis Elementary, TX: Italy
Allison White, Warwick Community School, VT: Barcelona
Celestine Williams, Mariam Boyd Elementary, NC: Jamaica
Whitney Rogers, George Nettels Elementary, KS: Taiwan
April Gilpin, North Marion High, WV: London
William Peeper and Jeff Fehr, Iola High School, KS: Paris
Gary Story and Jennifer Link, Gridley High, CA: Mexico
Mario Godoy-Gonzalez and Tim Melum, Royal High, WA: England
Karen Morrison and Crystal Cook, Woodstock Elementary, AL: Italy
Jennifer Kelly and Andrea Ambrew, Union Parish Junior High, LA: Costa Rica
Frankey Schmidt and Norma Acevedo-Pando, Cimarron High, KS: Italy
Michelle Richardson, Vega Elementary, TX: Hungary
Matthew Berg and Katie Johnson, Grantsburg High, WI: Costa Rica
Kelly Wardle, Willow Springs Elem and Valarie McEuen, Bourbon High, MO: Hawaii
Angela Wells and Candace Adcock, LaCrosse Elementary, VA: Germany
Bonnie Cooper and Elaine Wix, Caney Creek High, TX: France
Stay Tuned.... Applications for the 2017 Global Teacher Fellowship Program Open in October!
2015 Rural Trust Global Teacher Fellows gather for place-based learning workshop
2014 Rural Trust Global Teacher Fellows gather for the Fall Institute held in Durham, NC in September 2014.

Fellows in the News

The Rural Trust's Global Teacher Fellowship program provides awards for up to 25 teachers annually to support the professional and personal development of rural educators.

The awards (up to $5,000 for individual teachers and $10,000 for a team of two or more teachers) support teachers’ participation in self-designed summer learning experiences and a two-day place-based learning institute in the fall following their summer experience.

This fellowship is a stand-alone grant not meant to supplement other grant funds for larger projects.

Teachers are encouraged to center their learning in an international travel and study experience, out of which they develop interdisciplinary, place-based learning curricula aligned with their specific state and local content standards.

Eligibility: Any K–12 teacher working full-time and teaching at least 60% time in a public rural community classroom can apply for the fellowship. Counselors, media specialists, and other school personnel working or teaching in a public rural school setting at least 60% of their paid work time may also apply. Each applicant much have 4 years teaching experience by the fellowship start date.

The Rural Trust defines a rural community by National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) locale codes: 32 (Town, Distant); 33 (Town, Remote); 41 (Rural, Fringe); 42 (Rural, Distant); or 43 (Rural, Remote). If your school is listed in one of these locale codes, you are eligible to apply. If your school or district is REAP eligible, you may also apply. For more details on eligibility, see the FAQs page.

Click any of the links below for information about the Summer 2016 Rural Teacher Global Fellowship program.



February 12, 2016: Application Deadline

February 2016: Application Review Process

April 2016: Notification of Awards

2016 The Rural School and Community Trust