Earthwatch: Teacher Fellowship - Teach Earth, United States

Apply Now for a Teach Earth 2020 Fellowship!

Fellowship notifications will be sent by April 30, 2020


Thank you to our very generous 2019 Teach Earth donors:



Helen and Peter Bing

Stephanie and John Harris

Sallie McCutcheon

Jane Philips

Skyscrape Foundation

Riverside Educational Enrichment Foundation (REEF)


The William Randolph Hearst Fund for Teacher Advancement


Extraordinary Teachers, Inspiration in the Classroom

Investing in science and environmental education is paramount if we hope to empower future generations and provide them with the tools needed to combat the greatest environmental challenges the world has faced.

Teach Earth offers teachers the opportunity to step away from their desks and out of the classroom for an outdoor environmental learning experience. You’ll experience scientific research first-hand, providing you with the tools to make science come alive in your classroom. Each year, we select talented K-12 teachers from all subject areas to be part of this unique professional development opportunity. From the edge of the Arctic to the Wetlands of Mexico City, these teachers collect data on climate change, ecology, wildlife, and more. Teachers have the opportunity to learn the scientific process first-hand and help to solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Teachers return to the classroom with new perspectives and knowledge, invigorated and inspired to share the experience of real discovery with their students.

Interested in learning more?

Watch this video.

Check out the Team Blog from the 2019 Teacher Fellows who fielded on Climate Change at the Arctic's Edge.

The Teach Earth Experience:

  • Immerse yourself in a 7-14 day science learning and professional development experience in natural landscapes on an Earthwatch Expedition.
  • Gain confidence, skills, and knowledge in scientific research and environmental issues through hands-on data collection and through lectures with world class scientists.
  • Participate in 5 workshops led by an experienced Senior Fellow on transitioning your field experience to your classroom.
  • Invigorate your teaching with new insights gained “in the field” and inspire your students in new ways.
  • Collaborate on an all teacher expedition and share best practices, ideas, and the spirit of team-based scientific inquiry.
  • Support a critical conservation research project and help to solve key environmental challenges.
  • Ignite scientific discovery and environmental awareness within your classroom or community through a community action project or lesson plan.

The Teach Earth Alumni Network:

Following the expedition you become part of the Teach Earth Alumni Network and gain access to the following:

  • Online community forum to stay in touch with other teachers, seek advice, stay motivated, and find out about grant opportunities.
  • Online access to hundreds of lesson and community action plans developed by program alums and curated by Earthwatch.
  • Webinar series on topics selected by the community including, adapting to NGSS, teaching climate change, etc.
  • Earthwatch educator alumni newsletter to remain up-to-date on our educator fellowships and post-fielding environmental education opportunities and resources for teachers
  • Regional gatherings of alumni.


  • K-12 classroom teacher in the United States
  • Available to travel for 7-14 days
  • Passion for education
  • Interest in environmental issues or how scientific research is conducted
  • Desire to improve environmental or science education
  • Enthusiasm for collaborating with a team of teachers from diverse backgrounds and expertise
  • Commitment to engaging your students and community inside and outside the classroom

(An individual may only receive 2 Teach Earth USA Fellowships in his or her lifetime, unless applying to return as a Senior Fellow).

Award Details:

In recent years, we’ve received record breaking number of applications for Teach Earth—over 15 times as many applicants as fully funded fellowships. In response to this interest, we now include partially funded fellowships at a subsidized rate. All interested teachers must apply and specify on your application if you are seeking a fully or partially funded fellowship. If awarded a fellowship we will inform you of the level of funding covered by Earthwatch grants. All applications will be reviewed need-blind, and fellows chosen based on merit.

For teachers interested in a partially funded fellowship, here are resources on grants you can apply for to cover the remaining tuition or travel costs.

How to apply for a 2020 fellowship:

  1. Qualified teachers may click here to complete an application for Teach Earth 2020.
  2. Qualified teachers will be invited to complete an application. The 2020 Fellowship Application opens on August 15, 2019 and closes at 11:59 PM EST on January 10, 2020.
  3. Fellowship notifications will be sent by April 30, 2020

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Teach Earth Information.

Teach Earth Teacher Program United States

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

“The Earthwatch project has made me feel renewed as an educator, reminding me that I teach to empower students to make their world a better place.”
—Christina Rosenthal 2018 Fellow

Teach Earth is all about genuine scientific research

Teach Earth is all about genuine scientific research.

“Personally, this expedition was amazingly helpful for me. Aside from gaining more confidence and knowledge in discussing and addressing climate change in all aspects of my life, I also felt a good amount of personal growth and confidence was gained on this expedition.”
—Andrew S. Banderas 2018 Fellow

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