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Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship (GTF)

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and Puerto Rico PreK-12 Educators
for Professional Development in Geographic Literacy

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National Geographic Education and Lindblad Expeditions

Deadline Date:

12/10/19 11:59 PM Eastern


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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and Puerto Rico PreK-12 classroom teachers and informal educators for professional development in geographic literacy through field-based experiences abroad. Fellows will participate in a life-changing expedition that will expand their teaching practice, develop leadership capabilities, and enhance knowledge about the connection between the natural and human world.


The goals of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship are for educators to

  • Gain firsthand experiences and knowledge of the interconnectedness of the human and natural world;
  • Integrate their experiences as Grosvenor Teacher Fellows into their teaching in an effort to create more globally minded students who are empowered to take action; and
  • Grow as leaders and ambassadors.

Fellowship Requirements

Fellows are expected to be active and engaged members of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship over the course of the expedition year and the year following. This includes participating in a required in-person (all travel expenses paid) preparatory workshop in Washington, D.C., from March 31–April 5, 2020 (before the expedition season commences), as well as periodic virtual meetups and participating as an active member of our digital community. Fellows are also expected to serve as ambassadors of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship in all professional settings.

In addition, throughout the course of the program year, Fellows are required to submit a number of professional development deliverables to National Geographic. Deliverables include goal setting, outreach and classroom action plans, media and data collection, a digital log, reflection, a blog post, an activity outline, outreach presentation(s), and outreach documentation. Fellows will receive detailed information about all required deliverables after their selection into the program is confirmed. All required deliverables are intended to help educators incorporate their field-based experience into their teaching practice and share it with their professional and community networks.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166351

Term of Contract:

Fellows are expected to be active and engaged members of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program over the course of the expedition year and the year following.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- The Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship is a professional development opportunity for current pre-K–12 classroom teachers and informal educators from the 50 U.S. states, Canada, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Department of Defense Activity schools.
- Applicants must have a proven dedication to geographic education in their teaching field and show promise of continued active engagement in the future.
- Applicants must have plans to return to a classroom or teaching environment the year following their assigned expedition and demonstrate the ability to incorporate what they learn into their teaching.
- Grosvenor Teacher Fellow applicants are encouraged to become National Geographic Certified Educators before applying. Selected Fellows will be required to complete certification by December 2020.

Past Grosvenor Teacher Fellows are ineligible to apply again.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received in our online system by December 10, 2019, at 11:59 pm Eastern.
Incomplete applications or applications submitted after the deadline or by any means other than the online system will not be accepted or considered.

Applicants will be notified in early February 2020 of the selection panel's decision. If you are selected, you will receive a phone call from a Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship staff member. If you are not selected, you will receive an email notification. A formal announcement of the 2020 class will be released on the National Geographic Education website in April 2020.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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National Geographic Headquarters
1145 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon