Thank you for your interest in hosting a teacher on your field research project for the 2019 Arctic field season and 2019-early 2020 Antarctica field season. Your commitment to linking polar research with education is an important contribution to both the research and education communities and the goals of the National Science Foundation (NSF). PolarTREC will use the information you provide in your application to select research projects and teachers that match in interest and availability. If your project is selected, you will be asked to review 5-10 teacher applications and interview the top applicants for your project. We anticipate interviews being conducted in early to mid November 2018 with final matches being made before January 2019.

Important: Funding from NSF is pending. We will keep you posted on the status as we go through the application process.

If you are interested in hosting a teacher, we ask that you contact PolarTREC Program Managers first at info [at] to discuss your research project. After this, we will ask you to submit the online application.

Due Date: We prefer applications to be in ASAP. Contact us to give us an idea of when you'll be submitting.

Before you start the application, please review the following PolarTREC program documentation:

Informational Webinar:
An informational webinar will be held on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 for teachers, informal science educators and researchers. If you were unable to attend, you can view the event archive and presentation here.

Application Tips:

  • If you cannot access or have trouble with the online application, please contact info [at] for further instructions.
  • Click on the section headings of the application to expand or collapse the section content.
  • Use your mouse or the 'Tab' button to move between each field.
  • Answer each question as thoroughly as possible. We will contact you if additional information is needed.
  • Many of the questions below are longer essay questions. You may wish to download the questions contained in the Microsoft Word document below, fill out your responses and then copy and paste them into the web form.
  • If you are applying to work exclusively with a teacher you already know, please read this additional information and contact ARCUS. We will be asking the teacher to complete the Supplementary Questions for Preexisting Teacher – Researcher Teams.
  • We prefer that applicants already have secured funding for their research project. However, if your request for funding is pending you can still apply to host a teacher. If this is your case, please contact the PolarTREC Project Managers at info [at] to discuss your individual situation.
  • If you would like an email reminder the week before the application period ends, and to be notified of other events and activities related to polar science education, please subscribe to the Polar Education List.

Important Program Updates

  • For 2019-2020, we will be accepting applications from both informal science educators as well as formal classroom teachers (teaching in grades 6-12). Informal educators work in locations such as science centers, museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens and nature centers, etc. Teachers and informal educators both will have a primary focus on middle and high school students and/or their teachers.
  • We will not be accepting applications from PolarTREC teacher alumni. If you are working with a PolarTREC alumni and need support, please contact us directly.

Download the PolarTREC Researcher Application in Microsoft Word Format

If you have any questions, contact ARCUS at info [at]

1. Contact Information
2. Demographic Information
The following question is for the purpose of gathering information on applicants to the PolarTREC program to provide the National Science Foundation with a measure of PolarTREC’s broader impacts. Submission of this information is voluntary and is not a requirement for acceptance to the program.
Race/Ethnicity Definitions

Ethnicity Definition:

Hispanic or Latino: A person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

Race Definitions:

American Indian or Alaska Native: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North or South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.

Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Black or African American: A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North America.

3. Motivation
4. Project Personnel
d) How many people will be participating in your field research team during this expedition? Please choose an approximate number under each category below:
Note: This person must be in the field at least part of the time with the teacher. This person will be working directly with the teacher both before, during, and post field experience and must be fully involved in the selection of the teacher. This person might be the PI but could also be a graduate student or co-PI.
5. Project Information
f) Does your research project specifically focus on any of the named polar research emphasis areas? Check all that apply.
h) Is there any additional information you would like to share about the research project (i.e. proposal summary, PowerPoint presentations, press-releases, articles, weblinks, etc.)?
6. Project Funding
c) What is the funding period for this research project:
Note: Naming a specific teacher is not required. Researchers and teachers interested in working exclusively with one another will be asked to complete a set of supplementary questions and will both be subject to the full PolarTREC Selection Process. Supplementary questions do not have to be submitted at the same time as the application, but must arrive before the application deadline.
Note: If yes, what amount of support can be budgeted or contributed for this impact/outreach component (i.e. travel funds, covering food costs in the field, etc)? Having funding for a teacher included in your grant is not required. However, if researchers have extra funding or support for a teacher we are sometimes able to support more than our 12 allotted research projects and teachers per year.
7. Approximate Field Dates
8. Field Site Logistics
a) Who provides logistical support for your work? Include the name and contact information for the logistics manager for your project in the text boxes provided, if known.
b) Where is your field project located? Be as specific as possible. You may list multiple sites if applicable.
9. Other
10. Acknowledgment of Program Requirements
I have read the PolarTREC program requirements for researchers. I understand that if my project is selected and a teacher is placed with the researcher project that I will be responsible for these requirements to the best of my ability.