Student Fellowships


If a classroom can’t contain your curiosity, we’re looking for leaders and learners like you.

Each year, we’re able to award a number of fellowships to promising high school students who want to explore, study, and protect the natural world on an Earthwatch expedition. If you have a demonstrated passion for science and travel but not the funds to pursue it, apply for one of our two all-expenses-paid student fellowship programs:



Student Fellowship Opportunities


An Ignite fellow examining a shell they picked up in Acadia National Park.

Now in its 30th year, this fellowship aims to spark curiosity and a passion for science among Los Angeles-area high school students through a two-week scientific expedition over summer break.. 

Learn More About Ignite


Two girls measuring the depth an archaeological dig site in Colorado.
Girls in Science

This fellowship empowers female-identifying teens to expand their interest in science and technology and to build confidence through hands-on environmental research alongside female experts in the field.

Learn More About Girls in Science



These programs are possible thanks to donations from generous individuals, foundations, and corporations. Find out how you can help empower a deserving teen to take on the climate crisis and other ecological challenges through hands-on scientific discovery.



Three girls enjoying the view and their Girls in Science fellowship on Catalina Island
Two Ignite fellows examining their finds at Acadia National Park.
Two Girls in Science fellows examining a sea urchin on Catalina Island.


I enjoyed the fieldwork most of all; I felt as if I was a grad student conducting research of my own, as if the work I was doing at that moment would eventually save the world. And that's exactly what I was doing.

Alicia Moore — 2017 Ignite fellow


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