Earthwatch’s Girls in Science fellowship empowers teens to expand their interest in science and technology and to build confidence through hands-on environmental research. Since launching the program in 2016, Earthwatch has awarded 40 high school girls the fully funded opportunity to perform scientific research alongside female experts in the field.
Using high-tech equipment and careful observation, these young women help collect crucial data in the search for solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.
Earthwatch’s Girls in Science fellows have built and deployed underwater microphones and analyzed dolphin acoustic data with sophisticated sonic software—helping scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution better understand marine mammals and prevent mass strandings in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
They’ve painstakingly excavated, catalogued, and analyzed ancient artifacts in the lab to advance ongoing historical research at an ancestral Pueblo dig site in Colorado.
And by studying the intertidal zone and recording sea lions, gray whales, and dolphins in the waters off of California, they’ve added to important Pacific coast data sets that ensure the protection of a valuable marine ecosystem.
Just as importantly, these girls have learned the power of their own potential, writing a new narrative for themselves and the world at large. After their time in the field, fellows report an increased interest in scientific careers, greater confidence in their ability to build things and perform advanced science, a deeper personal connection to the natural world, and a stronger commitment to sustainability.
Girls in Science
This expedition taught me that I could be a part of something big, even at my age and even as a girl, something that I never really believed before.
Tiffany — 2019 Girls in Science fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Earthwatch and our partners have been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and its potential impact on the 2020 Girls in Science Fellowship. In response to the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic and with the safety and wellbeing of our fellows, scientists, and field staff at the forefront of our minds, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Girls in Science fellowship program this year. Summer 2021 seems far on the horizon, but we hope you will consider applying for the Girls in Science fellowship next year.
Application Timeline & Selection Process
February: Application opens for summer Girls in Science fellowships. Keep in mind that the application requires one recommendation from a teacher, coach, or adult mentor
March: Submit your completed application no later than March 30
April: Earthwatch will review all applications and notify selected fellows by the end of April
May–July: Receive project briefing and orientation materials to prepare for your expedition
August: Participate in a scientific field research expedition for one week during your summer vacation
Earthwatch is seeking applications from Massachusetts high school girls who are:
Sophomores or juniors in high school, ages 15-18
Interested in exploring science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields
Available to travel between August 8–15, 2020
Excited to work with a team of predominantly female students and scientists on a research project.
We are committed to assembling a diverse group of fellows. This fellowship encourages applications from teens identifying with groups historically underrepresented in the ocean sciences, especially with respect to gender identity, race or ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
All Girls in Science fellows are asked to:
Complete a Volunteer Evaluation at the end of their expedition.
Complete 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.
Send us any copies or links to media coverage related to their participation.
Present to their school and/or community about their experience.
Check out our Earthwatch Facebook page to connect with past student fellows, share stories, see the latest expedition photos, and find out when an Earthwatch representative is coming to your school! You can also find updates about our upcoming expeditions or application deadlines and get your questions answered by past team members and Earthwatch staff.
Follow us at “Earthwatch” on Instagram and find us on Twitter at @earthwatch_org to see photos and updates from the field and to learn more about our expeditions!
Being surrounded by these strong women gave me so much confidence. I carry it with me everywhere. I spread everything I learned with all the people I meet. All from this one trip to a place I had never been, with people I have never met.
Claudia — 2017 Girls in Science fellow
Be more than a tourist
Experience hands-on science in some of the most astounding locations in the world.
Meet a community of like-minded travelers and return home with stories filled with adventure.
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.