The Marine Education Fellowship is a program sponsered by Ecology Project International that brings a select group of educators into the field every year for 8 days of field-science education.
The goals of EPI’s Marine Education Fellowship are 5-fold:
- Develop familiarity with EPI’s approach to field research and education
- Revitalize and celebrate dedication to science education
- Provide unique experiences and activities to take back to the classroom
- Build a supportive network of educators working towards similar goals
- Introduce EPI’s work and promote future student courses to our program sites
The fellowship runs two programs one to Baja Island where participants assist in cataloging and studying species in the Sea of Cortez in order to understand marine diversity and how to protect it. The Costa Rica Sea Turtle Ecology Program puts participants in contact with marine researchers and leatherback sea turtles in order to study population trends and protect turtle nests from tides, illegal harvesting, and other threats.
Ideal fellowship candidates have a strong background in science education and will be committed to providing experiential learning opportunities for their students. This program is primarily designed for high school teachers. However, 8th grade teachers, college professors, school administrators, and travel program coordinators are welcome to apply.Accepted Fellows pay a $250 tuition fee by Oct. 31, 2014 to secure their participation. All in-country expenses for the fellowship are covered by EPI except international airfare. In-country transportation, meals, lodging, instruction and activity fees are included at no extra cost.
The application period for EPI’s 2015 Marine Education Fellowship is June 24th – September 15th, 2014. Final candidates will be selected in October.