Application Open from January 15 to February 28, 2024


Girls in Science

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 70 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. 



Learn more about Girls in Science



Program Details

The ideal candidate is interested in exploring science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), is a member of a group historically underrepresented in STEAM, and has not had extensive similar experiences. We are committed to assembling a diverse group of fellows, especially with respect to gender identity, race or ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

In order to be eligible for this fellowship, applicants need to:

  • Be 15–18 and sophomores or juniors in high school upon applying.
  • Live in and attend school in the state of California, or attend Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie, Oregon
  • Identify as female or nonbinary*

Please note all teams below will only take place if enough funding is secured.

Please check out the project’s Online Expedition Briefing (linked below) before applying.

Restoring Sierra Meadows: The Source of California’s Water 

Tentative Team Dates:

  • July 6–13, 2024
  • July 27–August 3, 2024

To complete the fellowship, awarded fellows are required to: 

  • Complete a Volunteer Evaluation at the beginning and 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.
  • Present to their school and/or community about their experience after the expedition.

Start your story and apply today! 

Applications open on January 15, 2024, and close on February 28, 2024.

*The goal of this program is to improve gender equality in the science fields by creating a safe learning environment for all fellows. This program accepts female and nonbinary teens who are interested in being in a female-identified space. We are happy to set up a conversation to see if this is the right program for you. 

Apply in January 2024 for our Summer 2024 Girls in Science teams!

Curious about this year's Girls in Science program? 

Start your adventure with us on Zoom! Join our 2024 Girls in Science Information Session on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. PST / 6:00 p.m. EST. 

Register for the Girls in Science Information Session!


Questions? Email to learn more


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.

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!


Two Girls in Science fellows conducting vegetation surveys in the Sierra Nevada Meadows.
A group of Girls in Science fellows wading through the water with metal detectors and other scientific equipment.
A Girls in Science fellow examining a snake.


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.