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Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Application


The annual call for applications begins in November. Educators have approximately two months to complete a written application and submit it online. See the sample application for detailed information about the 2018 application. A panel will review each application in January and recipients are notified of their acceptance in February. Expedition departures are scheduled from April through December.

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 (March 22-25, 2018) as well as periodic virtual meetups and participating as an active member of our Google+ 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, Puerto Rico, and Department of Defense Education Activity. Applicants must currently be teaching in one of these locations. 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.

For the 2018 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program selected applicants will be required to be National Geographic Certified Educators. In order to apply, applicants must have completed Phase 1 of certification (an online workshop) by the application deadline and will be required to complete full certification before the pre-voyage workshop in March 2018.  


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
  • Two professional references (name, employer & job title, phone number, email address)
  • A cell phone or other video recorder (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 will not be shared publicly.

** The letter of recommendation must be written by one of your two professional references. This letter 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 will open in November for 2019 expeditions.


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