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Application & Selection

  1. Am I Eligible?

    An individual is eligible to participate in a GPA if s/he is:

    A citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States and at least one of the following:

    • An educator in an elementary or secondary school in the United States;
    • An education administrator responsible for planning, conducting, or supervising programs in modern foreign languages or area studies at the elementary or secondary levels;
    • A preservice teacher in the graduate education program at the University of New Haven, who is a prospective teacher in the areas of social sciences, humanities and foreign languages. The student should meet the provisions set by his or her local state education agencies.

    Restrictions on Participants:

    • Individual participants may be awarded a total of four (4) lifetime short-term awards (two months or less). Short-term awards would include Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad, Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad, etc.; however, preference will be given to individuals who have not previously received a Fulbright award or other international exchange opportunity
    • Individual participants of GPA Short Term projects may not participate in consecutive years. There is a two-year wait out period.
    • Individuals who are not currently employed and/or studying full-time or its equivalent are not eligible.
    • Individuals who do not meet the GPA program’s eligibility criteria listed in this application package are not eligible.

    Restriction on Non-Participants:

    Spouses, other family members, and friends who have not been selected to participate in the project according to the selection criteria in the approved application are not permitted to join the group at any point during the program.

  2. Application Process

    The selection process will be performed by the project leaders who will focus on selecting candidates with a variety of educational backgrounds and interests. The application can be found in the final section of this handbook.

    Applications must be received no later than February 17, 2014 at 4:30pm.

    Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file to

    Applicants will be shortlisted based on their application materials and only those satisfying the selection criteria will be invited for an interview by the leading team. The candidates selected to participate in this project will receive an acceptance letter by March 15, 2014 containing detailed information regarding payment of participation fee and information regarding pre-departure orientation meetings and activities.

  3. Requirements

    Practicing Teachers and Administrators:

    • A letter from the applicant’s immediate supervisor confirming his/her good standing with the district.
    • A letter of recommendation from a colleague.
    • A statement from the applicant committing to the goals of this project and outlining the potential educational impacts (e.g. the introduction and/or enhancement of a language program, improved programmatic responsiveness to students of Arab descent, the desire to produce a culturally responsive curriculum unit and/or pedagogical practices).  The statement should describe previous travel, language training, and cross-cultural experiences.
    • A letter of commitment from the applicant’s school district, guaranteeing opportunities to share experiences and developed resources.  Districts must also demonstrate a commitment to reviewing curriculum documents created during this program.

        Pre-service Applicants:

        • Two letters of recommendation from faculty supporting the applicant’s participation in the program.
        • A letter from the Education Department Chair guaranteeing the participant opportunities to share the experiences and developed resources with fellow students and faculty. 
        • A statement from the applicant committing to the goals of this project and outlining the potential educational impacts.

          1. Apply Today

            Download your complete information packet and application materials today!