Earthwatch: Teacher Fellowship - Teach Earth, United States

Find out more about how you and your students can get involved and help make a difference.

Join prominent field researchers and other teachers who are passionate about engaging their students and communities.


As an educator fellow, you'll spend one to two weeks on an Earthwatch Expedition alongside other teachers and develop your skills and understanding around environmental concerns. Research tasks vary with each project, and you’ll be trained on everything you need to know in the field. The goal of Teach Earth is to prepare you to return to your community with greater understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

Around 50 teachers are typically selected and placed in teams with other educators. Every year, Teach Earth identifies projects for its program. This year, teachers will have an opportunity to study the impact of climate change:

In Ecuador and Arizona, you'll be examining factors that affect interactions among plants, caterpillars, and their natural enemies. By comparing results from different sites, we can test hypotheses about the effects of climate on interactions between caterpillars and parasitoids. In Canada, you'll help uncover evidence of global warming – and might even spot a polar bear.


Educator fellowships are awarded through a competitive application process, including review by the Earthwatch Review Panel, composed of past fellows from around the country. Fellows are assigned to projects according to their interests, skills, and availability, project needs, and grant restrictions.

We'll contact you if we have grant funding for which you are eligible and direct you to the online Educator Application. Applications are considered on the basis of available funding and application quality. If you’re not eligible for any of our fellowship grants, we’ll keep your form on file and notify you if and when we have funding for which you’re eligible.


Fellowships are typically awarded by the beginning of May each year, on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted.

If you are selected as a fellowship recipient, an Earthwatch Program Coordinator will provide you with the information you will need to get into the field and what the program expects from you upon your return. Your fellowship will cover the full cost of your expedition, including meals, accommodations, research permits, equipment, and on-site transportation. Educator fellowships also provide a stipend to offset some out-of-pocket travel expenses to and from the expedition site.


In return for your fellowship, Earthwatch asks that you help support its mission and ensure its renewed funding by completing a Volunteer Evaluation at the end of the expedition. We also ask you to provide a Field Report within 30 days after the end of the expedition, including excerpts from a personal journal, a thank-you letter to your funder, copies of any media coverage you have received from your participation, and a lesson/community plan.


Take a peek at our curriculum ideas and lesson plans inspired by educators’ experiences on Earthwatch expeditions. After your expedition, you too will be inspired to bring your newfound knowledge back to the classroom.

Submit an interest form.

Teach Earth Teacher Program United States

As an educator fellow, you'll work alongside fellow teachers on an Earthwatch Expedition.


  • K-12 classroom educator
  • Passionate about teaching
  • Looking to learn more about environmental issues
  • Excited to collaborate with a team of teachers from around the country for 7 to 14 days during the summer
  • Committed to engaging your students and the community outside the classroom
  • Interested in how scientific research is conducted

You are not eligible if you have previously received more than one Earthwatch fellowship or if you received a fellowship last year.

Teachers work alongside fellow teachers

Teachers work alongside fellow teachers.

Teach Earth is all about genuine scientific research

Teach Earth is all about genuine scientific research.

Learn more about environmental issues

Learn more about environmental issues.

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