Earthwatch Education fellowships available
Earthwatch Institute is offering fellowships to fund K-12 educators and administrators to join scientific research expeditions around the world. This year, more than 300 fellows will participate in one- to three-week field research projects, working with diverse teams of volunteers under the direction of renowned scientists.
Earthwatch Institute recognizes that educators play a key role in raising public awareness of cultural and natural issues, and expects teachers to share their experience with their community and classes. The experience provides a unique career development opportunity for teachers and the chance to bring field science into the classroom.
Teacher fellows use their expedition experience as a framework for developing inquiry-based lessons and curricula that address local research concerns, said Susan Rauchwerk, director of Education at Earthwatch. These serve as models which have become enduring schoolwide and even statewide initiatives.
Earthwatch fellowships supply teachers with professional development, applicable skills, new knowledge, and a renewed appreciation for learning. Research projects range in discipline, from archaeology to climate change.
Applications are presently being accepted on a rolling basis with decisions being made by May. For an application and more information, contact Earthwatch Institute: EducationAwards@earthwatch.org, (800) 776-0018 ext. 18, or www.earthwatch.org/ed/fellowships.html.
Earthwatch Institute is an international non-profit organization, which supports field research in pursuit of environmental conservation and cultural preservation. There are more than 50,000 Earthwatch members and supporters from U.S., Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, 3,500 of which volunteer their time and skills each year to work on Earthwatch field research projects in more than 50 countries around the world.