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Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program FAQ's

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program?

The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program is a professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between National Geographic Education and Lindblad Expeditions. The program is named in honor of Gilbert M. Grosvenor (pronounced GROHV-nur), Chairman Emeritus National Geographic Society and Education Foundation Board. This opportunity is designed to give current K-12 classroom teachers and informal educators from the 50 U.S. states, Canada, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico the opportunity to extend Grosvenor’s legacy of excellence in geographic education. Through the program, exemplary educators are recognized for their commitment to geographic education and are given the opportunity to be actively engaged in finding new ways to bring geographic awareness to their classrooms or informal learning environments through a field-based experience.

How did the program get its name?
The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program is named in honor of Gilbert M. Grosvenor (pronounced GROHV-nur), Chairman Emeritus National Geographic Society and Education Foundation Board. As a gift to Gil Grosvenor for his lifetime commitment to geography education, Sven Lindblad, Founder and CEO of Lindblad Expeditions, donated space for teachers aboard his fleet in perpetuity.

What are the program goals?
The primary goal of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program is to advance geographic literacy by engaging 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.

Who is eligible to apply?
The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program is a professional development opportunity for current 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, or Puerto Rico. 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 application, all applicants will be required to be a National Geographic Certified Educator.

What are the 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 (March 23-26, 2017) in Washington, D.C. before the expedition, 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 encounters with others.

In addition, throughout the course of the program year, Fellows are required to submit a number of professional development deliverables to NG Education. Fellows will receive detailed information about all required deliverables after their selection is confirmed, but they 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. All required deliverables are intended to help educators reflect their field-based experience in their teaching practice and share it with their professional and community networks.

Where does the program go?
The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program takes educators, in small groups of two or three, aboard the Lindblad Expeditions ships National Geographic ExplorerNational Geographic Endeavour II, and National Geographic Sea Lion. Expeditions range from 10 days/8 nights to 17 days/15 nights, including travel time to and from the ships.

In 2017, expeditions go to:

What costs are associated with the program?
The following costs are included in the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program:

  • All costs associated with the required workshop in Washington D.C. This includes: transportation to and from Washington D.C., all lodging, and most meals. We provide a stipend that covers other ground transit costs (transportation to and from the airport or train station, as well as metro or cab rides). The cost of a substitute teacher will also be covered, if needed.
  • Expedition costs including: round-trip airfare to and from the point of embarkation, meals and lodging aboard ship, daily activities including but not limited to naturalist lectures, hiking, kayaking, Zodiac excursions, and cultural outings.  

The following costs are excluded from the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program, and are the Fellow's responsibility:

  • Substitute teachers during the expedition.
  • Ground transit between Fellow's home and hometown airport.
  • Passport/Visa expenses, as needed.
  • Gratuities at Fellow's discretion.
  • Wellness treatments on board (massage, facials, etc.).
  • Items of a personal nature, including souvenirs or items purchased throughout the expedition.

What is life on board like?
Each expedition is a unique adventure that allows Fellows, along with Lindblad-National Geographic guests, to explore the land, ocean, and culture of the region of expedition travel; however, on each expedition Fellows should expect the following:

  • Each expedition typically includes 2-3 Fellows.
  • Designated teacher quarters on the National Geographic Explorer are on the staff level, where the naturalists live. Teacher quarters include two cabins with Murphy-style bunk beds and one shared bathroom. On the National Geographic Endeavour II and National Geographic Sea Lion teachers share a designated cabin with two beds and one shared bathroom.
  • The National Geographic Explorer accommodates 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. The National Geographic Endeavour II accommodates 96 guests in 52 cabins and suites. The National Geographic Sea Lion accomodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins.
  • The guest-to-staff ratio is 15 to 1 and staff on board include: the expedition leader, 6-8 naturalists, an undersea specialist, photo instructor(s), a wellness specialist, and a video chronicler. Each expedition aboard the National Geographic Explorer also includes a Global Perspectives Guest Speaker, and a National Geographic photographer.
  • On each expedition, there are typically daily opportunities for Zodiac trips, kayaking, snorkeling (select locations), and walking. On voyages with cultural components, there are also visits to town and local places of interest. All activities are offered at different levels of physical intensity. Fellows are expected to participate in all daily opportunities.

How does the application process work?
The call for applications goes out annually in November. Educators have approximately 6 weeks to complete a written application and submit it online. See the sample application for detailed information about the 2017 application. A panel reviews all applications in January, and decisions are made in February. Expedition departures are scheduled from April through December.

Learn More

  • If you have additional questions or are having technical issues with your application, please email
  • For the 2016 Grosvenor Teacher Fellows Press Release, click here.

About National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions

The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program is a professional development opportunity made possible by a collaboration between National Geographic Education and Lindblad Expeditions.

About National Geographic Education
Since its founding in 1888 "for the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge," the National Geographic Society has worked to educate audiences about our planet. National Geographic Education creates educational programs and resources for schools, out-of-school settings, and the home. National Geographic Education’s work focuses on geo-literacy—an essential skill for decision-making in 21st century personal, professional, and civic life. It is the ability to make decisions based on an understanding of how the world works and how people and places are connected. It requires an understanding of how Earth’s interconnected human and environmental systems function, how to reason geographically, and how to make systematic decisions. For more information, visit

About Lindblad Expeditions
Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic have joined in a mission-driven alliance to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. As pioneers of global exploration, the organizations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition programs and to promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world. The partnership’s educationally-oriented voyages allow guests to interact with leading scientists, naturalists, and researchers while discovering stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through state-of-the-art exploration tools. A joint philanthropic fund that supports science, conservation, education, and community development enables better understanding of the world’s remaining special places and fosters the dissemination of geographic knowledge around the globe. For more information visit

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