Area Studies Centers K-12 Global Fellowship Program



The Area Studies Centers of the Office of International Affairs (the Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, CSEEES, the East Asian Studies Center, and the Middle East Studies Center) have partnered together since 2017 to organize the annual K-12 Global Fellowship program. The program’s aim is to connect teachers from across the United States in a series of discussion group sessions that focus on contemporary issues from a global perspective. The sessions are led by regional experts and will engage K-12 teachers in a series of guided readings, lectures, and group discussions to increase their knowledge of the global dimension of salient issues affecting the world in order to prepare them to lead discussions about these issues back in the classroom.


Each year, teachers are selected to participate in the K-12 Global Fellowship program. As part of the program, teachers participate in guided discussions with guest experts and fellow teachers over the course of seven months. The program consists of a cohort orientation in August or September, three or four regional specific presentations on the topic led by an expert (one or two sessions in the fall, and one or two in the spring), and a final pedagogy session in March. Sessions are three hours and take place on select Saturday mornings. For each regional session, participants are provided with background readings (typically 20-30 pages of scholarly articles and/or media publications) at least two weeks in advance to give them a basic foundation for discussion at the session. By learning about a topic over an extended time period and from a multi-regional perspective, the goal of the K-12 Global Fellowship program is to empower teachers to engage with the topic more deeply and generate more curricular connections.  

Participants will have access to a website (password protected for program participants) where the material for each session will be posted, as well as ongoing program information.


The 2022-23 program will virtual and open to all pre- and in-service teachers in the United States. This year's cohort size will be limited to 40 participants.


Participants are expected to attend all sessions and complete all readings.


Teachers who participate in the program receive:

  • Curricular resources
  • Pedagogical support
  • 1.65 Continuing Education Units (16.5 contact hours))

2022-23 Program: Global Youth Culture and Subcultures

The application for this year's program is now closed, Please check back during spring 2023 for updates about the 2023-24 program.

The Area Studies Centers at The Ohio State University's Office of International Affairs are now accepting applications for the 2022-23 Global Fellowship Program: Global Youth Culture and Subcultures. This program will consist of 6-7 3-hour workshops that will take place on Saturdays from 9AM-12PM Eastern Time online via Zoom. In this year’s program teachers will learn about different youth cultures and subcultures in East Asia, Eastern Europe/Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. This topic will inform educators on how different subcultures may have ties to different political, cultural, and/or social movements and ideologies. Participating educators will then be able to bring back what they've learned to their own classrooms to help students understand and learn about people their own age in different parts of the world.

2022-23 Program Dates and Subtopics

  • September 10, 2022, 10:00-11:30AM EST: Pre-program orientation and networking session
  • October 22, 2022, 9:00AM-12:00PM EST: "Music and Youth Politics in Former Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union" with Dr. Matthew Boyd (Ohio State U.)
  • December 3, 2022, 9:00AM-12:00PM EST: "Youth as Social Activists and Global Consumer-Citizens in Latin/x America" with Dr. Laura Podalsky (Ohio State U.)
  • January 7, 2023, 9:00AM-12:00PM EST: K-pop as Global Youth Culture: Promises and Pitfalls with Dr. Pil Ho Kim (Ohio State U.)
  • February 11, 2023, 9:00AM-12:00PM: "Youth Movements and Resistance in Iran and the Role of Pop Music" with Dr. Mehrak Kamali (Ohio State U.) and Pooyan Moghaddassi
  • March 4, 2023, 9:00AM-12:00PM EST: Pedagogy Session with Daniel Redman (Ohio State U.)

If you have any questions about this professional development opportunity, please contact Alicia Baca (

If you have any questions about accessibility or wish to request accommodations, please contact us at Typically, a two weeks' notice will allow us to provide access.

Prior Topics

  • 2021-22: Suppression of Independent Media Outlets and Journalism
  • 2020-21: Intersection of Coffee and Tea Around the World: History, Culture, and Global Impact
  • 2019-20, Global Pollution: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Environmental Issues
  • 2018-19, Minority Issues around the World
  • 2017-18, Global Migration
Pull Quote
“The readings and discussion provided a new insight and better understanding into different cultures.” – 2018-19 Global Fellowship program participant

Please contact Alicia Baca, the CSEEES outreach coordinator, at or call (614)292-8770 for more information.