Teacher Leadership Program
Application Deadline – March 11, 2018


Qatar Foundation International (QFI), in partnership with New York University’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, the University of Texas at Austin’s Middle East Studies Center, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, seeks applications from experienced K-12 educators in the social sciences, humanities, and arts to participate in its Teacher Leadership Program.

Program Overview

This intensive two-year program is designed to build a cohort of K-12 educators across the country who can provide effective professional development to their peers on topics related to the Middle East. Selected participants will attend a fully-funded series of four two-day workshops held in different U.S. cities throughout the course of a year exploring a variety of themes related to the Middle East. During each event, participants will attend seminars with experts in the field, work with education specialists to develop effective pedagogical approaches to the content, and create a toolkit of strategies to share with other educators to help them become more effective and confident when teaching about the region.

In addition to these events, participants will engage in monthly webinars and activities as a group to reinforce content knowledge and skills while also developing a portfolio of presentations, teaching approaches, and resources to be completed by the end of the first year of the program.

Upon completion of the first year of the program, participants will be provided with funding and resources to present his/her portfolio at a professional development workshop and event. Participants will also serve as mentors for the following year’s incoming cohort of participants.

Funding & Logistics

All costs associated with this program including travel, lodging, and course materials will be covered for selected participants. All logistical arrangements including flight bookings and lodging will be made by QFI.


The applicant must:

  • Be a current K-12 teacher in a public or public charter school in the United States
  • Be a K-12 teacher in the social sciences, humanities, or arts
  • Have a minimum of three years of in-classroom teaching experience
  • Demonstrate that he/she provides classroom instruction on topics related to the Middle East

How to Apply

To apply, you must register in QFI’s Grants Management Portal, FluidReview, at qfi.fluidreview.com. The application deadline is March 11, 2018.

For full details on the program including a full program description and conditions, please download the full call for applications at: https://www.qfi.org/programs/teacher-leadership-program/

For any questions regarding the program or the application process, please contact Craig Cangemi at ccangemi@qfi.org