Project Kindle: Educator Application

This application is for Project Kindle 2022.
Project Kindle seeks highly motivated teachers who want to bring their students on Earthwatch-led scientific field research expeditions and provides those teachers with the resources to make that vision a reality. We encourage teachers both with and without past experience leading student travel programs to apply.
Project Kindle teachers will participate on an Earthwatch expedition with the support of likeminded teachers and develop a realistic plan for leading a student group expedition. Earthwatch expeditions are led by world-class scientists who both train participants on data collection methods and give research lectures to prepare for hands-on experience collecting research data. Project Kindle also prepares its participants for organizing student group travel by means of training sessions and seminars that share the best practices for recruiting students, communicating with parents, and securing funding. We expect participants to foster an atmosphere of teamwork, friendship, and support among their cohort of Project Kindle teachers, who come from a wide range of schools. You can find more information at
In order to be eligible you must teach at a high school in the USA.
Selected fellows will take part in an Earthwatch expedition with a team of 8–12 high school teachers, a Project Kindle Alumni Facilitator, and an Earthwatch Staff Facilitator from July 14–20, 2022. Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 fellowship team will participate on an expedition within the United States. When the time comes for fellows to begin planning for their own student groups, they may consider both domestic and international expeditions. We are proud to be fielding a growing list of "COVID Ready" expeditions that meet our enhanced safety standards. For more information on our new safety measures please visit
If you have any questions regarding this fellowship or application, please email us at
Applications were formally due by 11:59 PM EST, Monday January 10th, 2022, but we have extended the application deadline to 11:59 PM EST, Monday, January 31st, 2022.

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1. Personal Information

Gender *
Are you interested in organizing a student trip on a research expedition with Earthwatch? *
Ethnic Background *
How did you hear about this opportunity? (select only one) *

2. Availibility

The Project Kindle 2022 team will participate on an Earthwatch expedition from July 14–20, 2022. We strongly encourage you to hold these dates, plus one day before and after which you may need for travel time. If you cannot join the team, you will not be eligible for the 2022 fellowship. Are you available from July 13–21, 2022?  *
If you will not be availble for the dates of the 2022 Project Kindle team, but are still interested in participating in this fellowship experience, please complete our Interest Form and we will notify you when additional team dates become available for the summer of 2023.

3. Application Questions

School Type *
Grade(s) (only high school teachers are eligible) *



Have you participated in an Earthwatch Expedition or Earthwatch Fellowship before? *


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4. Health and Safety

If chosen for Project Kindle, you will be matched with an Earthwatch expedition. Expeditions cover a variety of research topics in various climates, and range in difficulty from easy to physically demanding. Please respond to the following questions honestly so that, if chosen, we can match you to a suitable expedition.

Please rate your physical fitness level. (Note: These are guidelines only. If chosen, your Expedition Briefing will have a full description of what to expect in the field.) *
What type of swimmer are you? *
Are you allergic to anything? (e.g. pollen, medication)? *
Do you have any dietary restrictions? (e.g. food allergies, no lactose, periods of fasting, vegetarian, etc.) *
Do you have asthma? *
Do you have diabetes/hypoglycemia? *
Do you have a heart condition? *
Are you hearing impaired? *
Have you been hospitalized or had surgery in the past two years? *
Do you have any acute fears or concerns we should know about? *
COVID-19 Vaccination Status

Earthwatch requires full proof of vaccination against COVID-19* for participation on all expeditions. Please select the option below that describes your vaccination status.

*COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements: People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 more than 2 weeks after they have received all required doses of a vaccine that is currently authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization (e.g. Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, or AstraZeneca/Oxford). *

5. Signature and Affirmation

Your application for the Project Kindle is due on January 31st, 2022. Please review all of your information for accuracy before pressing submit, as you will no longer be able to return to your application once it is submitted to Earthwatch.

Please read the following statement and indicate your agreement by typing your name below and dating with your electronic signature.

I declare the information contained within this application to be true, and hereby authorize Earthwatch Institute to keep and use the information contained within this application for all future communication, evaluation and report materials.