Girls in Science

Girls in Science equips young women with the confidence and STEM learning skills to effectively develop and share their own narrative of science.

Earthwatch will award talented young women with a fully-funded opportunity to spend a week performing field research on a U.S.-based project during the summer. Girls in Science seeks a diverse group of candidates who are interested in science and are interested in supporting and learning from female scientists in the field while collecting critical research data.

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This fellowship program was first piloted in 2016 under the name Project Vault and has had three successful years. This year Earthwatch teams up with Woods Hole Sea Grant for another year of Girls in Science. The program will immerse high school-aged girls in a week-long scientific research expedition at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. These fellows will work with an all-female team of leading scientists to gather high-quality data to help answer some of the world’s most pressing scientific challenges.

The aim of Girls in Science is to arm young women who have a vested interest in science with the skills and confidence to pursue higher education and/or a career in STEM fields. At Earthwatch, we recognize that accessing and participating in STEM fields for women and girls is critical to achieving gender equality. Girls in Science will create an effective mentoring and ‘bridge program’ to build STEM learning confidence and skills, which will support participants as they pursue their scientific passions and add their talents and insights to the field.


Across every culture, in every part of the world, humans have used narrative storytelling as the most elegant and effective way to communicate their messages. Through exercises and skill building, Girls in Science will integrate science with the arts and humanities, enabling participants to tell their own ‘story of science.’ Girls in Science fellows will be joined in the field by facilitators who will help them to communicate their experiences in new and compelling ways. Following the expedition, fellows will share their stories about their experiences and interest in science with their school and/or community.

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  1. Starting February 2019—Begin your application by clicking the Apply Now button on the right hand side bar.
  2. By March 31, 2019—Submit your completed application. Keep in mind the application requires one recommendation: from a teacher, coach or an adult mentor.
  3. April 2019—Receive notification from Earthwatch on the success of your application.
  4. August 2019—Participate on a scientific field research expedition for 7-9 days during your summer vacation.

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All Girls in Science fellows are responsible for:

  • Completing a Volunteer Evaluation at the end of the expedition.
  • Completing 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.
  • Sending us any copies or links to media coverage you may have received related to your participation.
  • Participating in a post-fielding coaching call.
  • Presenting to your school and/or community about your experience.

The Girls in Science program was made possible in part by the generous support of Jane and William Jackson Family Fund.

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Girls in Science


Girls in Science is currently seeking applications from Massachusetts high school girl-identifying students who are

  • Between the ages of 16-18 years old by August 2019
  • Will be going into their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school in August/September 2019
  • Interest in exploring the STEM field
  • Available between August 10-17, 2019
  • Excited to work with a team of all female students and scientists on a research project.

We are committed to assembling a diverse group of fellows. This fellowship encourages applications from girls of color and those identifying with groups historically underrepresented in the ocean sciences. Girls refers to gender expansive youth (cis girls, trans girls, non-binary youth, gender non-conforming youth, gender queer youth and any girl-identified youth).

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