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Teach Earth USA Fellowship

Fellowships to USA K-12 Teachers to Work
with Scientists on Conservation Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Earthwatch Institute

Deadline Date:

01/10/20 11:59 PM EST


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Fellowships to USA K-12 teachers to work with leading scientists on conservation research projects. The fellowship is summer outdoor experience that provides teachers with new knowledge and perspective to share with their students. Fellows will participate in collecting data on climate change, ecology, wildlife, and more. The Expeditions take place in Mexico City, Arizona, Ecuador, and the Arctic.

Investing in science and environmental education is paramount to empower future generations and provide them with the tools needed to combat the greatest environmental challenges the world has faced.

The Teach Earth Experience:

  • Immerse yourself in a 7-14 day science learning and professional development experience in natural landscapes on an Earthwatch Expedition.
  • Gain confidence, skills, and knowledge in scientific research and environmental issues through hands-on data collection and through lectures with world class scientists.
  • Participate in 5 workshops led by an experienced Senior Fellow on transitioning your field experience to your classroom.
  • Invigorate your teaching with new insights gained “in the field” and inspire your students in new ways.
  • Collaborate on an all teacher expedition and share best practices, ideas, and the spirit of team-based scientific inquiry.
  • Support a critical conservation research project and help to solve key environmental challenges.
  • Ignite scientific discovery and environmental awareness within your classroom or community through a community action project or lesson plan.

The Teach Earth Alumni Network:

Following the expedition you become part of the Teach Earth Alumni Network and gain access to the following:

  • Online community forum to stay in touch with other teachers, seek advice, stay motivated, and find out about grant opportunities.
  • Online access to hundreds of lesson and community action plans developed by program alums and curated by Earthwatch.
  • Webinar series on topics selected by the community including, adapting to NGSS, teaching climate change, etc.
  • Earthwatch educator alumni newsletter to remain up-to-date on our educator fellowships and post-fielding environmental education opportunities and resources for teachers
  • Regional gatherings of alumni.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187367

Term of Contract:

The fellowhship is 7-14 day experience.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-K-12 classroom teacher in the United States
-Available to travel for 7-14 days
-Passion for education
-Interest in environmental issues or how scientific research is conducted
-Desire to improve environmental or science education
-Enthusiasm for collaborating with a team of teachers from diverse backgrounds and expertise
-Commitment to engaging your students and community inside and outside the classroom

(An individual may only receive 2 Teach Earth USA Fellowships in his or her lifetime, unless applying to return as a Senior Fellow).

Pre-Application Information:

The 2020 Fellowship Application opens on August 15, 2019 and closes at 11:59 PM EST on January 10, 2020. Fellowship notifications will be sent by April 30, 2020.

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Available expeditions:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To complete the Teach Earth Interest Form, click here:

To apply, click here:

Dana Salomon, Teach Earth Coordinator
Phone: 800.776.0188

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming