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Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Application


The annual call for applications begins each Fall. Educators have approximately four months to complete an application and submit it online. See the sample application for detailed information about the 2019 application. A panel will review each application in January and accepted applicants will be contacted by a program staff member by the end of February; all other applicants will receive an email notifying them of the status of their application. Expedition departures are scheduled from April 2019 through early January 2020.

Program Requirements

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. This includes participating in a required in-person (all travel expenses paid) workshop in Washington, D.C. before the expedition (April 3-7, 2019) as well as periodic virtual meet-ups and participating as an active member of our digital GTF community. Fellows are also expected to serve as ambassadors of the GTF Program 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 NG Education.  Deliverables include goal setting, outreach and classroom action plans, media and data collection, a digital log, reflection, blog post, 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.


The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program 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, and Puerto Rico. Applicants must currently be teaching in the 50 U.S. States, Canada, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or a Department of Defense Activity school. Applicants must have a proven dedication to geographic education in their teaching field and show promise of continued active engagement in the future. They must have plans to return to a classroom or teaching environment following their assigned expedition and demonstrate the ability to incorporate what they learn into their teaching. Past Grosvenor Teacher Fellows are ineligible to apply again. 

2019 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program applicants are required to be National Geographic Certified Educators. Enrollment in the Fall 2018 certification course is currently open.

Please note: enrollment in the Fall 2018 National Geographic Educator Certification course closes on October 21, 2018 or once enrollment capacity is reached—whichever comes first. Certification takes approximately 15-20 hours to complete, and requires participating in an online or in-person workshop, developing and implementing two educational activities, and crafting a capstone project that tells the story of students’ learning. All steps of the certification program must be completed by December 3, 2018 before submitting an application to the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program. You may still apply if you have completed all steps of the certification program but have not yet received an evaluation.


The primary goal of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program is to advance geographic literacy by engaging pre-K–12 educators in field-based experiences that will be reflected in their teaching practice and shared with their professional and community networks.

The goals of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program are for teachers to:

  • improve geographic content knowledge of different regions of the world via firsthand experience and naturalist lectures on relevant topics such as geology, climatology, glaciology, indigenous cultures, and historical exploration.
  • integrate geography and content knowledge of different regions of the world into classroom instruction.
  • develop an understanding of the function and interaction among natural systems—and interactions between human and natural systems—in the regions visited.
  • develop the ability to reason about the ways that people and places in different regions are connected to each other across time and space.
  • develop an understanding of systematic decision-making in real-world contexts as it relates to issues in different regions.

What You’ll Need to Complete this Application

  • Current resume
  • A smartphone or other video recording device (there is one question on the application that must be submitted by video.)*
  • One letter of recommendation**

*This video will only be used for purposes related to the review of your application and National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions will not share it publicly.
** The letter of recommendation should provide specific examples of your ability to teach about the world. As an applicant, you are responsible for uploading the letter into our application system. We will not accept letters submitted separately.

Become a Fellow

Applications for the 2019 program are closed.
Applications for the 2020 program will launch in the Fall of 2019.


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