Opportunities/Grants for Teachers
There are wonderful opportunities for teachers to learn science, spread their wings, fly, swim, sail, and hike. Permission to be a "lab rat'? Here! Permission to explore the Amazon or sail the oceans? Here! The following listing includes programs that some Connecticut teachers have participated in. If you know of more, have experienced them, or just dream of them, contact us at CTSciTeachers@gmail.com.
Visit the National Science Teachers Association calendar for more opportunities and grants
2019-2020 School Year
Ecology Project International's 2020 Teacher Fellowship application period open July 1st! Early applications encouraged. Deadline is September 1.
EPI’s Teacher Fellowships provide unique professional development opportunities for educators to collaborate with one another on real-world conservation projects and learn about EPI's methods for teaching field science. In 2020, our Costa Rica, Baja, Belize and Yellowstone fellowships are set to offer you in-depth experience in the field.
Where would you like to practice field science—Baja, Belize, Yellowstone, or Costa Rica?
2018 - 2019 School Year
Are you a high school science teacher interested in one week of scientific research experience during summer 2019?
The Field Experiences for Science Teachers (FEST) program is funded by the National Science Foundation and based in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University. Connecticut-based teachers of earth science (or related fields such as environmental science, physics, or chemistry) at the high school level are eligible to participate. Participants spend one week working on the Seismic Experiment for Imaging Structure beneath Connecticut (SEISConn) project, which aims to study the structure of the crust and upper mantle beneath Connecticut. Teachers participate in the installation and maintenance of seismic recording equipment in northern Connecticut and learn about the science goals of the SEISConn project, as well as tools for teaching about seismology and geophysics in the high school classroom. Teacher participants receive a $1000 stipend for participation in the one-week program. There will be two sessions of the FEST program during summer 2019: one during the week of July 22 and one during the week of July 29.
To apply, please send a short letter of interest (1-2 pages) describing your background and interest in the program, as well as your availability during the weeks of July 22 and/or July 29, to Professor Maureen Long (firstname.lastname@example.org). She can also be contacted with any questions or inquiries about the program. Letters of interest received by June 1, 2019 will receive full consideration; teacher participants will be notified by mid-June.
Introducing our students to engineering is a national need. Most students love to be creative and to connect academics to the real world….this is what engineers do while making technologies that solve serious world problems. The UCONN School of Engineering is holding its 20th annual daVinci Project. It is a weeklong (Mon-Fri) residential series of hands-on workshops for middle and high school science and math teachers. This year it’s being held July 15-19. Teachers live on campus and participate in one of 8 very engaging workshops, as well as many other seminars, a variety tours through research labs, our state of the art water reclaim and wastewater facilities, and our CoGen plant. Come and be part of an exciting week of exploration! We have 33 fellowships available. Please share this professional development opportunity with the other STEM teachers in your school or district. Application due June 15, 2019
Show Me The Evidence: Gulf of California Geology and the Scientific Ocean Drilling Program
School of Rock is a professional development opportunity for formal and informal educators. This year's program from September 8-18 in San Diego and the Scripps School of Oceanography. The program will begin with a port call of the JOIDES Resolution, a scientific deep ocean drilling program. Early career and pre-service teachers who are interested in the geosciences and work in diverse communities are encouraged to apply. Travel expenses, room and board are fully paid. Applicants must provide a plan on how they will disseminate the information, a recent CV or resume, and one letter of recommendation. The application is due on May 15
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invites you to be one of fifty U.S. teachers selected to participate in this program. Apply for an opportunity to join us at the University of South Florida on July 28 through August 2, 2019, and explore STEM, innovation, and intellectual property (IP).
SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION BY JUNE 1, 2019!
Instructions and FAQs are available on the NSTI website
The Beacon on Fios.Verizon.com, a Verizon authorized retailer is currently offering two $1,000 grants for K-12 teachers. To apply, instructors need to submit a creative lesson plan detailing how you would use Virtual Reality (VR) equipment in your classroom. The grant application is due on May 21.
Science, health, and family and consumer science teachers have an opportunity to provide inquiry-based lessons related to these outbreaks and recalls. Lessons can be found in the curriculum Science and Our Food Supply developed jointly by FDA and NSTA. And, in order to prepare teachers to use these lessons, FDA provides a free multidimensional professional development program that will take place July 21 – 27, 2019 in Washington, DC.
During the program, selected teachers will participate in activities such as the following - meet with FDA and USDA scientists to learn about their current research on foodborne diseases and nutrition; work with instructors to learn proper techniques to use in doing all the labs with their own students; and, tour USDA’s farm in Beltsville, MD. Selected teachers are asked to implement the supplemental curriculum in their classrooms during the 2018 - 2019 school year and to do a hands-on workshop on the curriculum for other teachers.
Fellows earn a STEM Leadership Certificate awarded by Teachers College, Columbia University in partnership with the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project. Nine graduate credits are awarded from a regionally accredited partner university. Fellows benefit from Endeavor’s collaboration with NASA through a Space Act Agreement. Coursework includes a mandatory Methods of STEM Education course and two elective courses. Fellows learn to apply research-based, STEM pedagogical strategies including inquiry and design practices and STEM content in the classroom. The academic experience blends science content, STEM pedagogy and Next Generation Science Standards while bringing cutting-edge authentic data and NASA resources to the standards-based curriculum. Coursework is delivered in a live, online format. Fellows engage in a two week laboratory research experience at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in Tarrytown, NY. Fellows are assigned to research teams led by professional scientists and bio tech engineers serving as mentors and team leaders. Summer internship requires a daily commute to and from the Regeneron campus in Tarrytown, New York. Applications are due May 1, 2019
The Vermont Energy Education Program is offering a five-day Summer Institute for K-12 science teachers and science educators, August 12–16, 2019, at Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT. The institute, Ambitious Instruction for Energy & Climate Action, is a week-long dive for K-12 teachers into hands-on investigations, best instructional practices, and student-driven action. Tuition ($1400) includes lodging and meals, with optional graduate credits; scholarships available.
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provides high school teachers the content knowledge, teaching strategies, and resources needed to enhance student learning in genomics and personalized medicine. This course will provide instruction in the molecular genetics of personalized medicine, use of bioinformatics tools, and discussion of the ethics of genetics research. In the end, teachers will develop lessons designed for their unique school environment and resources.
One course will be offered this year and is open to high school teachers. Because the primary goal of this NIH-funded program is to enhance genomics instruction in New England, admissions preference will be given to life sciences teachers from New England states (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT). The course will be held Sunday, June 23 to Friday, June 28, 2019. Admitted participants from New England are covered by NIH funds and the cost to attend is $0, including on-campus room and board. Admitted participants from New England will receive a professional development stipend of $500. An additional stipend of $500 will be paid to teachers who continue to partner with TtGG through the subsequent academic year
McDonald Observatory offers a spectacular setting for teacher workshops in the Davis Mountains of West Texas.
Workshops take place over three days and two nights and include telescope tours, discussions with resident researchers, and nighttime observations. Educators experience inquiry-based activities aligned with science and mathematics teaching standards, practice astronomy skills under the Observatory’s dark skies, and work with nationally recognized astronomy educators. Workshops take place over three days at the McDonald Observatory in West Texas. Participants are provided with housing in double occupancy rooms at the Astronomer’s Lodge on Mount Locke, rooms are shared with other educators. The $100 workshop fee is non refundable and covers the cost of room, meals, and all workshop materials. The fee is due once teachers are accepted to reserve their position. Teachers are responsible for their own transportation to/from McDonald Observatory. Dates and themes are available on the website. Application is due February 28, 2019
Workshop for middle and high school life science teachers held at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research in Escondido, CA. Spend 4-days, 3 nights in the Wildlife park experiencing behind-the-scenes research and developing lessons on conservation. Meals and lodging are included, $500 stipend given for full participation. Teachers are encouraged to apply in school site teams of 2-4 teachers. They can be cross-curricular and different grades. Application and information for the 2018 program can be found here. Applications close on March 30, 2019.
Spend two weeks in Washington, DC, working with education and STEM experts to explore the connections between informal STEM education and authentic learning. Develop an individual project that you can take back to your school and gain the skills to incorporate museum learning into your practice, and meet colleagues from around the country. There is no cost for teachers to participate. Teachers are provided with lodging, food, and travel (to and within DC).
The Teacher Innovator Institute will welcome 30 teachers from across the United States in Summer 2019. Teachers will remain with the program for three summers (year three pending grant funding), returning to Washington, DC, each year to reconnect, develop their practice, and mentor the newest classes of Innovators.
is a weeklong summer seminar for middle school math and science teachers that explores key STEM concepts using real-world WWII examples. Twenty-eight teachers from across the country will come to New Orleans to experience hands-on how necessity, knowledge, perseverance and skill lead to inventions, innovation, and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), just like in World War II.
PROGRAM DATES: July 14 - 20, 2019
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The seminar application is open to any 5th-8th grade science teacher (public, public charter, private, and parochial), and who will be teaching a science course to students in the same age group in the 2019-2020 school year. Applications will be evaluated through a competitive process that will include information on teaching experience, a short written statement, and two letters of recommendation. Teachers newer to the classroom are encouraged to apply. This seminar is supported by a grant from the Northrop Grumman Foundation. Teachers will receive free room and board in New Orleans, a travel stipend, and all seminar materials free of charge.
Applications will be accepted from January 7 – March 15, 2019.
The July 1-11, 2019 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is a crosscurricular professional development workshop for K-12 formal and informal educators to learn and use:
21st Century Instruction: Inquiry-Based Exploration ~ NGSS ~ STEM ~ 5E
Inquiry Protocols & Resources: Project Learning Tree ~ Cornell Lab of Ornithology ~ & More!
Global and Cultural Perspectives: ~ Sustainability ~ Global Education ~ Indigenous Cultures
$1250 Scholarships for Amazon Rainforest available
Study tour to experience contemporary Germany.
STEM educators - classroom teachers grades K-12, university methods teachers, curriculum coordinators. Applications are due on January 28, 2019
For: Middle school science teachers inspiring the next generation of STEM pioneers
The National Stem Cell Foundation (NSCF) partners with The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science and The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University (WKU) to fund ten scholars each year. National STEM Scholars receive professional development in the implementation of STEM projects in the classroom, spend a full day with a national thought leader in STEM education, and build a national network of colleagues for information sharing. STEM Scholar classrooms also have an opportunity to speak with astronauts on the International Space Station during the school year and work directly with providers of space technology education nationwide.
Scholars are selected based solely on the merit of questions answered in the application. The selection committee is not provided with names or locations of applicants.
In 2019, we will graduate our fourth cohort of National STEM Scholars. Each Scholar receives the following:
Offered in the summer in Annapolis, Maryland by the American Meteorological Society. Teachers participate in sessions on ocean science and lead peer training sessions when they return to their home districts. July 14 - 26, 2019 Applications are due April 1, 2019. Stipend, room, board, travel and materials are provided.
AMS/NOAA Workshop for Precollege Teachers of Atmospheric Sciences Topics. Offered July 28 - August 3, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. Applications are due on April 1, 2019. American Meteorological Society
This Educator Training Workshop offers middle and high school teachers, curriculum specialists, administrators, pre-service teachers, and informal educators the opportunity to learn how to plan and execute future educational field study courses for their students at BIOS. Between June 24-June 29, up to 12 participants will take part in this educational workshop and explore themes for potential future visiting groups such as:
- Oceanography and Marine Science: including lab and STEM activities, coral reef exploration, and low tide collection of certain species.
- An introduction to cutting-edge Glider technology, and how these underwater robots can revolutionize ocean studies and student involvement in the classroom.
- Island Ecology and Geology: Nonsuch Island conservation of rare and threatened species (including the Cahow) and habitats.
- Bermuda and U.S. History: Colonization of St George’s, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War.
- Scientific Exploration Past and Present: William Beebe, global climate initiative and AUV gliders.
Application Deadline is May 1. Tuition cost is $1,200 Application Form
Five day summer course (July 15-19, 2019) for middle and high school teachers at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia and a 1-year distance-based professional development opportunity. Applications are due January 15, 2019. Travel, lodging and board are not included.
This national program helps teachers to travel to workshops, conferences, or places of interest that will enhance their personal growth and curriculum. Write a grant that includes your goals and how it will impact your classroom. Develop a budget and send it in by January 31, 2018. Single fellowships of up to $5000, or team fellowships of up to $10,000. Applications are due on January 31, 2019
OXFORD, Ohio (Sept. 1, 2018) – Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2019 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 16 countries throughout the world.
Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad.
Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through several AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2018 cohorts are being accepted now with place-based experiences provided at zoos in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New York, San Diego, and Seattle.Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.
Due date to apply is January 28, 2019
PolarTREC: Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S.
PolarTREC is currently accepting applications from both teachers and researchers for teacher research experiences. For 2019-2020, we will be accepting applications from both U.S. informal science educators as well as formal U.S. classroom teachers (grades 6-12) Applications will be to participate in field research learning experiences during the 2018 (usually Arctic) or 2018-19 (usually Antarctic) field seasons. Applications are due on Monday, September 24, 2018
This fellowship is open to both formal and informal educators honoring excellence in K-12 geographic education. Teachers are given the opportunity to travel aboard the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet and work with an amazing group of educators. Applications open in November 2018 and must be received by January 3, 2019. Applicants must be National Geographic Certified Educators. You must enroll in the National Geographic Training session before October 21. All phases must be completed by December 3 to apply for the Fellowship.
CELESTRON BINOCULAR GIVEAWAY -
Celestron Optics is supporting 15 classrooms who participate in citizen-science projects and could benefit by having 10 high-quality optics. Whether you’re watching a bird feeder, going out on regular bird walks, or participating in a bio blitz… share with us how your students are practicing their science skills and what you could accomplish with 10 of these great Celestron Outland X 8×42 binoculars.
The giveaway application will open August 20, 2018. Application closes Friday, October 1, 2018 at 11:59pm ET. As a giveaway recipient you will be required to share your citizen-science experience using the binoculars through the BirdSleuth Action Map. Teachers at any school (both public and private) in the United States are welcome to apply.
Ecology Project International (EPI), an international education and conservation nonprofit, has just opened the application period for its 2019 Teacher Fellowships. These 8-day hands-on professional development experiences for high school and college-level educators take place in Hawaii, Costa Rica, Baja California Sur, and Yellowstone National Park. Educators accepted into the program will collaborate with one another on real-world conservation projects and learn EPI's experiential education framework in the field.
Educators can learn more about the program, watch a video, and submit their applications here: www.ecologyproject.org/fellowship. The application period closes on September 1. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and early application is encouraged.
NITARP gets teachers involved in authentic astronomical research. They partner small groups of largely high school educators with a mentor professional astronomer for an original research project.
The educators incorporate the experience into their classrooms and share their experience with other teachers. The program runs January through January. Applications are available annually in May and due in September.
Some things that make this program different from many (if not most) other programs:
2017-2018 School Year
Archaeology Field School for Educators
Dr. Brian Jones, State Archaeologist, UConn
Monday, July 16 through Friday, July 20, 9 am to 3 pm, Windsor, CT
Advance registration required: $50
Educators will spend a week doing hands-on archaeology at the Archaeology Field School for Educators sponsored by the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Office of State Archaeology. This field school is designed to give educators who teach history and/or science in a classroom or museum setting a deeper appreciation of the importance of archaeology as a tool for learning about Connecticut’s fascinating past. The field school will cover the basics of field methods, paperwork, data management, and artifact identification. Learning proper archaeological methods will develop the participant’s understanding of the ethical aspects of archaeology and the archaeologist’s responsibility to preserve the data they retrieve so that it will remain valuable to future researchers. These lessons provide a first step toward developing the skills needed to undertake your own archaeological investigations with students.
Participants will experience an authentic and significant archaeological investigation, working with primary sources at a historic site in Windsor, Connecticut. They will also learn about the role of the Connecticut Office of State Archaeology and how it can be an important resource in developing archeological lessons and activities for students. Space is limited. To request a registration form please contact David Colberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860.486.5690.
Lamont Doherty Teacher at Sea
The Juhl Lab of the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in Palisades NY is looking for an active classroom science teacher to join our scientific team as we conduct oceanographic research in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2018. The teacher selected will join an oceanographic research expedition leaving Gulfport MS aboard a research vessel from Aug 17 to Sept 3. The teacher must also be available in late July, or early August for training prior to the expedition (on the Lamont Campus in Palisades, NY). More information about the scientific goals of the project .
During the expedition the teacher will be responsible for working as a member of the scientific team, conduct their own small research project, and work with other team members to develop digital outreach materials related to the expedition’s scientific mission of understanding plankton ecology of the Gulf of Mexico. It is likely that finalizing these outreach materials will require some continued work following the expedition.
There is a physical component to work at sea that requires an accepting attitude towards spartan accommodations, long, and sometimes unpredictable hours, and the ability to go up and down stairs while carrying heavy boxes. We are able to support all reasonable travel costs related to participating in the expedition, and also will provide a partial stipend for the month of August.
Anyone interested in this opportunity is encouraged to contact Andrew Juhl for more information. Formal applications for this opportunity can be sent to the address below. Review of the applications will begin after May 14, 2018, and the successful applicant will be notified by May 31, 2018. The application should include a) a 2 pg. resume, b) a short narrative description (~1 pg.) of your motivation, including a description of how you think this opportunity could benefit your classroom or other educational activities.
Contact Andrew Juhl, Ph.D; Lamont Associate Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964 845-365-8837 email@example.com
MDA STEM Education Development (STEM ED) is a professional development program for K-8 teachers and informal educators. STEM ED begins with a week-long summer workshop during which educators explore STEM concepts in real-world contexts and develop STEM-related instructional activities aligned with state standards and rooted in research-based pedagogical strategies. Workshop activities include:
Register to put the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope into the hands of your students so they can observe space phenomena with NASA/JPL and international space scientests. Two day Teacher training on how students can use radio astronomy.
Columbia Memorial Space Center with Tour - Downey, CA June 12-14
Udavar Hazy Center - Chantilly, VA June 26-27 and 28-29.
ExxonMobil Exploration and the American Geosciences Institute are holding their 9th annual Leadership Academy in Earth Science on June 24-29, 2018 for elementary teachers and July 22- 27, 2018 in Houston. Academy related travel, lodging and subsistence costs are covered. Teams of 3-4 are encouraged but not required. Science supervisors and principals should nominate teachers by early March. More information.
2018 JOIDES Resolution Onboard Outreach Officer
The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) in the U.S. is now accepting applications to sail as an as Onboard Outreach Officer on the JOIDES Resolution for 2 upcoming expeditions:
Information and Application Deadline is March 5, 2018
G-Camp is a 18-day field camp for 5th - 12th grade science teachers that provides first-hand experience with the principles of geology in the field, helps you develop new curriculum and virtual field trips for your classroom, and makes learning fun and exciting out-of-doors.
Participants will arrive in College Station by 3:00 PM on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, for orientation and to check out equipment, etc. Wednesday June 27, we will have an introductory lab and workshop. We will depart on Thursday June 28 at 7:00AM. We will return to College Station in the late afternoon of Friday, July 13. Participants are responsible for their travel to and from College Station. All other travel expenses (bus, hotels) during G-Camp will be covered, and teachers who complete the requirements will receive a stipend to cover all meals.
Application deadline is March 16, 2018. Thirty-six teachers will be selected for G-Camp.
Teachers will have the opportunity to engage and collaborate with leading polar research scientists and science educators. You will spend 4 days at the University of California, Davis learning about the study of phenology – the seasonal dynamics of plants and animals ‐ in the Arctic to understand ecological impacts of climate change. Focusing on the 3‐dimensions of NGSS, you will engage in inquiry‐based activities that replicate approaches used by scientists in investigating key environmental processes linked to species survival. With support from the APPLES team, you will develop a research project to implement with your students in the 2017‐2018 academic year. The classroom research project will incorporate concepts from the workshop, Arctic data collected by Dr. Eric Post and students, and methodology and equipment (experimental warming chamber, plant phenology camera ) used by researchers
All meals and lodging are provided during the workshop, up to $500 for travel expenses, and a $500 stipend. All professional development activities align with NGSS based practices and standards.
Application closes on March 15.
It will be at Hog Island Audubon Camp, Muscongus Bay, Maine, JULY 15 - JULY 20, 2018
Scholarships are available
Features of Educators' Week:
- Designed for science and non-science educators to generate exciting ideas for creating and incorporating environmental education activities into your curriculum.
- Inspiring and experienced instructors will share their favorite approaches, methods, and activities for engaging you, and your students, with nature.
- Workshop presentations and guided field trips on the island
- Share techniques in field biology, art, music, photography, theater, journaling, and other disciplines.
Director Pete Salmansohn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Explore Amazon conservation, sustainability, & field research with a small cohort of your fellow Environmental Science and Biology colleagues. Grant Application is due on February 18, 2018. Information on 2018 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest. July 1-11, 2018
This program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished k-12 educators in STEM fields to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend 11 months working in Federal agencies or in the U.S. Congressional offices, applying their extensive knowledge and classroom experiences to national education program and/or education policy efforts. Monthly stipend, travel, moving and healthcare expenses provided in addition to other benefits. Application is due on November 16, 2017
Teach Earth Fellowships are partially or fully funded. Participate in science research and share with your classes. Sites are national and international. Applications are due between September 25, 2017 and January 8, 2018. Project Kindle has 8 fellowships for high school teachers interested in bringing students on an expedition. Fellows will experience an expedition while planning to take their students on a future expedition.
NOAA's Teacher at Sea program places kindergarten through high school teachers with NOAA scientists on board research vessels. Applications are available on October 1. Applications are due on November 30, 2017
Connecticut Space Grant Consortium
Connecticut Space Grant Consortium offers funding to K-12 students/teachers for workshops on aeronautics and aerospace and STEM related activities. Applications priority deadlines are December 1st (for award period January 1st to June 30th) and June 1st (for award period July 1st to December 31st); applications received after priority deadlines will be reviewed on a rolling basis and awarded if funds are available