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Earthwatch Institute: Teach Earth- United States Fellowship

EarthWatch Institute

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Anticipated deadline: Jan 10, 2021 8:59pm PST

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Teacher Development & Training Environmental Stewardship Environmental Education

Applicant type: Teacher

Funding uses: Fellowship, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



 Our Mission

Earthwatch connects people with scientists worldwide to conduct environmental research and empowers them with the knowledge they need to conserve the planet.

Extraordinary teachers know that inspiration is contagious. 

Earthwatch’s long-running Teach Earth fellowship, launched in 1975, is one of the few programs in the country that embeds teachers with world-class scientists on active research expeditions. By taking part in meaningful, hands-on research in the field, teachers return to school with a fresh perspective and are better able to engage their students on topics of science and environmental stewardship. 

Teach Earth fellows step out of the classroom for 7 to 14 days and work alongside scientists to study nature, learning real-world research protocols, and recording observations and measurements in the field. They collect data that underpin scientific progress and can, over time, change the world. In the evenings, teacher fellows work together to brainstorm new lesson plans that will bring science to life back in the classroom. 

Teach Earth is open to K-12 teachers of all disciplines, and is unique among professional development opportunities in three key ways:

Depth of experience

Teach Earth fellows gain confidence and a first-hand understanding of science as they conduct hands-on research in the field. Each project has been designed by a PhD-level scientist, who also leads lectures, trains teachers on data collection techniques, and shows how those data are used to answer hypothesis-driven problems. Teachers gain more in-depth access to scientists than through any other program, spending 7 to 14 days in the field together.


An Earthwatch expedition takes educators away from their everyday lives, out of their comfort zones, and into the natural world—where they not only bear witness to the impacts humans have on the environment, but where they can take meaningful steps toward saving threatened species and habitats. Humbled and inspired by nature and each other, Teach Earth fellows return to their communities with a renewed sense of purpose and possibility.


All participants on a Teach Earth expedition are educators—peers who share your passions and frustrations, and who can be a valuable support network throughout your career. Each team also has a senior fellow who leads workshops and helps teachers translate their field experiences into lesson plans they can use in their own schools and communities. And after your expedition, you’ll have access to ongoing learning and networking opportunities through a private alumni Facebook group, a seasonal educator e-newsletter, and an annual webinar series.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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 two Teach Earth fellowships in his or her lifetime, unless applying to return as a Senior Fellow.


This page was last reviewed August 05, 2020 and last updated August 05, 2020