The goals of EPI's Teacher Fellowships are 5-fold:
- Develop your familiarity with EPI’s approach to education through field science.
- Celebrate and reconnect with the fundamentals of how students learn.
- Provide unique experiences and activities to take back to your classroom.
- Build a supportive network of science educators working towards similar goals.
- Introduce you to EPI’s work and promote future student courses to our program sites.
Each professional development program is 8 days in length. On-course fellowship expenses for accepted fellows are subsidized by EPI through scholarship. After scholarship, program fees range from $250 to $600. This program fee is due November 1st and covers all meals, lodging, and activities while on course. EPI works hard to ensure that program fees are not obstacles to participation. When other professional development funds are not accessible to cover program fees, EPI has a limited scholarship pool available to support those who would not be able to attend otherwise. These limited need scholarships are meant to diversify and promote inclusion in the EPI Teacher Fellowship community. Each participant is also responsible for purchasing his/her own round-trip airfare to the designated program city; all other costs are paid by EPI. There is no cost to apply.
Eligibility: Formal and informal educators from any country are welcome to apply. EPI's curriculum is best suited to educators teaching at the middle school, high school, or university level, and applications from these educators are strongly preferred. Applications from educators in any subject area are welcome. At this moment, we are not accepting applications for educators serving elementary students and younger.
Process: 2019's Application Period will open on July 1st and close on September 1st, 2018. Don't wait until the last minute - applications will be reviewed & evaluated in the order they're received.
Meet our 2018 Fellows
Professional development fellowships on offer in 2019:
Baja Island Ecology
March 30- April 6, 2019
Focus Areas: Marine Ecosystems; Program Development; Involving Youth in Conservation and Building Sustainable Communities
Baja's Sea of Cortez is a World Heritage Site. While it remains a remarkably rich tropical marine ecosystem, it is slowly being diminished by human impacts, which makes the work of cataloging and studying its marine species a critical task. On course, you'll stay on Espiritu Santo Island, where you'll learn about this fragile ecosystem while participating in and evaluating past and future research projects. You'll also meet local youth and share methods of engaging your students in conservation, at home and abroad.
Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology
April 6-13, 2019; August 10-17, 2019
Focus Area: Wildlife Biology; Conservation Management Practices
EPI partners with the National Park Service to bring students and educators into the park and onto critical research projects that enhance our understanding of wildlife dynamics. You'll work with park research teams on bison and ungulate migration studies (work will vary based on season and conditions).
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Ecology
April 20-27, 2019
Focus Areas: Field Research; Rainforest Ecology
At field sites along the Caribbean coast, EPI works with partner organizations to monitor and protect the incredible and ancient leatherback sea turtle. Working alongside researchers, you will monitor the nesting beaches for adult turtles coming to shore while you learn about the greater systems and ecology that enmesh this critically endangered species.
Hawaii Island Ecology
August 2-9, 2019
Focus Areas: Cultural Conservation Efforts; Marine & Terrestrial Ecosystem Restoration
Partnering with local Hawaiian conservation organizations this course will immerse you in the natural beauty of Maui and give you the tools to understand and address critical conservation issues. Your work is rooted in the scientific method as you examine traditional agricultural practices and how native Hawaiian methods of resource management have successfully guided the work of generations of islanders.
Quotes from past fellows:
“EPI did in one week what nearly 30 years of post baccalaureate coursework in science could not…Ecology Project International established in me new habits that make me a better Earth steward, a more conscious role model for my students, and a parent who practices what she preaches for my own kids’ future generations.”
"This was unlike any experience I've had before; it was engaging, empowering, positive, thought-provoking, and motivating. I'm so impressed, overall, with the quality of professional development we received.
“The best professional development experience I have had so far! A much needed re-invigoration of my passion for teaching. Also personally an awe-inspiring and fascinating experience. I am so thankful for having been selected for this program. A very positive experience in every sense.”
“This experience reminded me of why I love science, why I am the environmental club advisor, and how much I want my students to experience this. This was by far the best course I have ever taken.”
"It motivated me to bring more citizen science into my classroom and look for real research opportunities for my students with scientists from local communities."