IB announces selection of 100 worldwide scholarship awardees to the University of the People M.Ed. program

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is proud to announce that 100 educators have been selected as IB University of the People Master of Education (M.Ed.) scholarship recipients. Awardees, chosen through a rigorous two-round application process, will receive a full scholarship to complete their M.Ed. in Advanced Teaching with University of the People.

The IB brought together a team of 38 IB leaders and partners from regions around the world to review applications and administer the scholarships.

Jørgen Glittenberg, Principal of Skagerak International School and review team member said that, "enhancing access to further education for teachers with an emphasis on the IB philosophy is essential to broadening the availability of an international curriculum with a focus on current and future challenges for students across the globe".

Reviewing applications was truly a team effort and the IB would like to thank all 38 members from regions such as Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, who dedicated their time to review applications.

The IB received 494 applications from 62 countries around the globe, where 80 educators were ultimately selected from 28 countries and 63 unique IB World Schools, joining the other 20 educators awarded the scholarship in Africa last fall.

"The calibre and passion of the scholarship recipients are a testament of the quality of educators who through their service to their students are making the world a better place through education and living out the IB mission in action," said Africa review team member Adzo Ashie.

Anthony Abaidoo, one of the scholarship recipients at Morgan International Community School in Ghana shared that he "was touched and dumfounded upon receipt of the email that I have been awarded a scholarship to study M.Ed. with UoPeople."

"I took a deep breath and said my long-term goal has been realized with the generous support from IB. I want to use this opportunity to thank the scholarship committee and IB for the support in advancing quality education in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond," Mr Abaidoo said.

Another selected awardee, Yulia Arza from Sinarmas Wold Academy in Indonesia, mentions that she is "thrilled to be one of the IB scholarship awardees. Looking forward to pursuing my dreams to have a master’s degree in education."

The IB hopes these scholarships will help educators access quality education to directly impact and empower the students in their communities around the world.

"We co-developed this Masters with the University of People in 2018 with one goal in mind. We believed that access to a high-quality accredited Masters of Education should be open to all those who wanted to achieve Masters," said IB Director General Siva Kumari.

"I’m delighted to know that we have so many applicants from the African continent and so many other deserving candidates from all these countries will experience courses that share the IB philosophy," the IB leader added.  

Congratulations and the very best of luck to our new scholarship recipients!


The IB will be reopening the scholarship application for Fall of 2020 on 6 July.

If you would like more information, please visit our page on how to apply.