Inspiring a new generation of science-savvy environmental leaders means investing in teachers. So Earthwatch offers two main fellowship opportunities for educators who are passionate about conservation and environmental issues, excited to learn hands-on research techniques from top scientists, and eager to share their experiences in the field with their students and communities back home.
Teacher Fellowship Opportunities
K-12 teachers of any discipline may apply for a full or partially funded Teach Earth fellowship, a professional development experience like no other. You’ll join a team of educators on an Earthwatch expedition and conduct real-world research alongside working scientists, and return with the teaching tools and confidence to make science come to life in your classroom.
High school science teachers interested in leading a student group expedition in the next two years can apply for Project Kindle, an inspiring, fully funded expedition with a focus on leadership training. As on any Earthwatch expedition, you and your team of fellow teachers will perform crucial research and data collection in the field. But you’ll also take part in workshops designed to help you organize and lead a school trip, on topics such as fundraising, preparing students for travel, and getting buy-in from school administrators and parents.
As climate change and other environmental threats escalate, demand for the unrivaled, immersive learning experiences provided by Teach Earth and Project Kindle has reached an all-time high; Earthwatch now receives up to 20 applications per available space. You can help us get more qualified, passionate educators out into the field by making a fully U.S. tax-deductible donation in support of a teacher fellow. Donors who fully underwrite a teacher fellowship can request that their gift fund an educator from a specific state, school district, or discipline.
I am leaving Costa Rica with new friends, knowledge, and hopes for my own future in scientific research. I am so excited to share the pictures and stories from the field with my students and excite them with the chance to do the same next year. I also discovered a newfound excitement in myself about being out in the field, collaborating with others who love biology, teaching, and learning, and being somewhere outside of my normal comfort zone.
Amy Elliott — 2019 Project Kindle fellow, biology and chemistry teacher at the Walcott School in Chicago