Join the next generation of women scientists.
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.
2021 Girls in Science Fellowship Program at WHOI Information Session
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
Applicants age 15-18 enrolled at a Boston metropolitan area public or charter school are eligible for this opportunity. Fellows for all three Girls in Science expeditions will be selected from the Woods Hole application—apply by clicking on the link below and reach out if you have any questions.
Application Timeline & Selection Process
APPLICATION EXTENDED TO MAY 21!
- April: Application opens for summer Girls in Science fellowships. Keep in mind that the application requires one recommendation from a teacher, coach, or adult mentor
- May: Submit your completed application no later than May 21
- June: Earthwatch will review all applications and notify selected fellows
- June & 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
- Current students at a Boston public or charter school
- Interested in exploring science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields
- Available for the fellowship August 1–7, 2021
- 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.
In person components of this program are contingent on the current state of the COVID-19 health emergency. We will run a program in 2021 but the current national health status will dictate whether it is an in-person, virtual, or hybrid model..
Share your passion and stay involved.
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.
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