2021 Penn-UNESCO Masters Fellowships for Developing Countries

Working in the field of educational development in the 21st century requires an understanding of the complex interrelationships between local and global political, economic, and cultural dynamics.

In the International Educational Development program, you will draw on the program’s strong interdisciplinary foundations to examine the interplay of these dynamics and their impact on education systems that serve politically and economically marginalized populations worldwide.


The International Educational Development Program (IEDP) provides students with unique skills, knowledge, and qualities in the field of international educational development, with a special focus on low and middle-income countries. This is a field that requires strong interdisciplinary foundations, and the program focuses not only on education, but also on the interplay of politics, economics, and culture.
Students examine issues such as:

early childhood education
human rights
language policy
learning and instruction
non-profit leadership and management
public health
teacher professional development and curriculum design
technology for development
IEDP’s immersive international internship experience allows students to apply their academic knowledge to policy and practice, as they conduct hands-on, on-the-ground work with organizations such as UNESCO, UNICEF, the Aga Khan Foundation, the Research Triangle Institute, and other organizations.

If you face any barriers to applying for the program please contact Lauren Scicluna, sclauren@upenn.edu.

Additional offering

We also offer a doctoral concentration in International Educational Development

APPLICATION LINK: https://www.gse.upenn.edu/academics/programs/international-educational-development-masters

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