Project Kindle



Rekindle your passion for teaching... outside the classroom.

The chance for your students to travel the world and perform hands-on environmental research with the scientists tackling our planet’s most urgent problems is a pretty thrilling opportunity. But organizing and leading such a trip? That can feel downright daunting—at first.


Our Project Kindle fellowship was born from the dreams of so many high school teachers who want to provide their students with an immersive field learning experience, but who face barriers to starting such a program in their schools. Whether it’s a lack of funding or buy-in from school administrators, or a lack of experience in preparing a group of teens for a 7- to 14-day trip away from home, many teachers are unsure where to even start.

Project Kindle is a fully funded fellowship program for high school teachers that addresses all of these concerns, giving teachers the resources and support they need to successfully lead their students on a transformative field experience within two years. 

Your students deserve this—and you can make it happen. We’ll show you how.

First, Project Kindle fellows join an Earthwatch expedition comprised of fellow teachers to experience life in the field for themselves. During the day, teachers work alongside expert scientists to learn research protocols and collect essential data. In the evening, Kindle fellows take part in a series of workshops that address topics such as raising funds, gaining buy-in from school administrators, addressing parental concerns around health and safety, and preparing students to travel on their own.

Each Kindle team is joined by two facilitators: one experienced group leader—usually a Project Kindle alumnus—and one senior Earthwatch staff member who specializes in youth group travel and will serve as the teachers’ go-to resource for guidance as they work to build and fund their students’ expedition. 

After they complete their expeditions, Kindle fellows receive individualized support through conference calls, training manuals, crowdfunding technology, and more, right up until they’re ready to board the plane with their students for the experience of a lifetime. Kindle fellows are also eligible to receive financial assistance in the form of a $5,000 matching grant from Earthwatch once their class has raised $5,000 towards their expedition.


Project Kindle Qualifications

We’re looking for high school classroom teachers within the U.S. who:

  • Are available to travel for 7-14 days
  • Are committed to engaging students on an Earthwatch expedition by 2022
  • Have time and flexibility in your schedule to take on this commitment
  • Are passionate about education
  • Have enthusiasm for collaborating with a team of teachers from diverse backgrounds and experience levels
A Project Kindle Fellowship includes the full cost of your assigned expedition, including meals, accommodations, and on-site transportation.
Project Kindle Award Details

A Project Kindle Fellowship includes the full cost of your assigned expedition, including meals, accommodations, and on-site transportation. Fellows also receive a travel award grant to offset out-of-pocket travel expenses to and from the expedition site. Travel award value varies by project location.

A Project Kindle Fellowship includes the full cost of your assigned expedition, including meals, accommodations, and on-site transportation.
Apply for An Earthwatch Project Kindle Fellowship
How to apply for a Project Kindle fellowship
  • Currently the application process for this fellowship is on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be posting a new date for our applications on this page once we are ready to resume our fielding season. Stay tuned!


I would have never imagined an Earthwatch expedition was even a possible trip for my students without Project Kindle. My biggest takeaway was if I want to make this trip happen, I can make it happen.

William Leou — 2018 Project Kindle fellow, 6th grade science teacher at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies, Brooklyn, NY



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