Girls in Science

Girls in Science equips young women with the confidence and STEM learning skills to effectively develop and share their own narrative of science.

Earthwatch will award talented young women with a fully-funded opportunity to spend a week performing field research on a U.S.-based project during the summer. Girls in Science seeks candidates who are interested in science and are interested in supporting and learning from female scientists in the field while collecting critical research data

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Girls in Science was piloted in 2016 under the name Project Vault and focused on students in the Los Angeles area. The 2017 Girls in Science program will immerse high school-aged girls from across the United States in a week-long scientific research expedition. These fellows will work with an all-female team of leading scientists to gather high-quality data to help answer some of the world’s most pressing scientific challenges.

The aim of Girls in Science is to arm young women who have a vested interest in science with the skills and confidence to pursue higher education and/or a career in STEM fields. At Earthwatch, we recognize that accessing and participating in STEM fields for women and girls is critical to achieving gender equality. Girls in Science will create an effective mentoring and ‘bridge program’ to build STEM learning confidence and skills, which will support participants as they pursue their scientific passions and add their talents and insights to the field.


Across every culture, in every part of the world, humans have used narrative storytelling as the most elegant and effective way to communicate their messages. Through exercises and skill building, Girls in Science will integrate science with the arts and humanities, enabling participants to tell their own ‘story of science.’ Girls in Science fellows will be joined in the field by facilitators who will help them to communicate their experiences in new and compelling ways. Following the expedition, fellows will share their stories about their experiences and interest in science with their school and/or community.

Fellows collecting data


  1. Starting September 2016 –Begin your application by clicking the Apply Now button on the right hand side bar.
  2. By March 26, 2017 –Submit your completed application. Keep in mind the application requires one recommendation: from a teacher, coach or an adult mentor.
  3. April 2017 –Receive notification from Earthwatch on the success of your application.
  4. Summer 2017 –Participate on a scientific field research expedition for 7 days during your summer vacation.

Fellows collecting data


All Girls in Science fellows are responsible for:

  • Completing a Volunteer Evaluation at the end of the expedition.
  • Completing a Field Report within 30 days following the end of the expedition, including an essay detailing your field experience and a thank-you letter to the funder.
  • Sending us any copies or links to media coverage you may have received related to your participation.
  • Participating in a post-fielding coaching call.
  • Recruiting two young girls to apply for the following year’s Girls in Science cohort.
  • Participating in a story slam which you share your experience with your school and/or community.
  • Join the Girls in Science Facebook Page and engage with Earthwatch on social media, including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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Girls in Science


Girls in Science is currently seeking applications from United States high school female students who are

  • Between the ages of 15-18 years old
  • Interest in exploring the STEM field
  • Available for 1-2 weeks in the summer of 2017
  • Excited to work with a team of all female students and scientists on a research project in the United States.