Education Fellowships



Building a sustainable future, one classroom at a time.

At Earthwatch, we’re determined to make real change happen, and we believe that investing in science and education is the way to do it. Our programs support pivotal field research that shapes environmental policy and protects our natural world. But just as importantly—they focus on people: increasing scientific literacy, connecting people with nature, and inspiring them to become environmental champions and stewards in their own communities.  

We’re especially committed to helping teachers and students discover and protect our environment through hands-on scientific exploration, even in the face of financial limitations. 


Teacher Fellowships   Student Fellowships


Two people setting up a camera trap.
Three people on a boat tracking two dolphins and recording data.
A woman looking up at the tops of trees with a pocket telescope.


Learn what no textbook can teach.

Students benefit when they do science, not just learn about it, but teachers often lack the comfort level to teach science as a hands-on activity. And we know that students flourish through opportunities to learn outside of the classroom, but high-quality, safe, and affordable immersion experiences often feel out of reach for many teachers and their students. 

But thanks to the generous investment of countless individuals, foundations, and corporations, Earthwatch has awarded fellowships to nearly 2,000 high school students through our Ignite and Girls in Science programs, and nearly 6,000 educators from all grades and disciplines through our Teach Earth and Project Kindle fellowships.

Earthwatch expeditions can be transformational, unforgettable experiences for students and teachers alike. But the impact of an Earthwatch fellowship doesn’t end with the expedition itself: more than half of our student fellows go on to pursue science in college, while teacher fellows will collectively engage tens of thousands of students in environmental conservation and scientific inquiry over the course of their careers.  

Learn more about our current student and teacher fellowships, and find out how an Earthwatch expedition can connect you with nature through hands-on science and collective conservation. 


I learned so many things. I learned what it means to be a scientist. I learned that anyone can make a positive impact on the environment. And, most importantly, I learned about myself. I learned that I am smart, and strong, and as cheesy as it sounds, I learned that I can do anything I set my mind to. This trip changed who I am and how I see the world.

Megan Morey, 2015 Ignite student fellow

a woman squatting down to perform a research task in the rocky mountains
A woman monitoring specimens that were collected at the research site.


Earthwatch depends on donations—above and beyond what we raise from volunteers who participate on our expeditions—in order to deliver our global conservation mission. In fact, volunteer contributions provide only half of the total resources Earthwatch needs to sustain over 40 field research expeditions, a wide variety of educational programs, corporate sustainability trainings, and more each year.