Thank you for your interest in hosting an educator on your field research project. 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).

Due to Covid-19, the deployment of all the 2020 PolarTREC educators to both the Arctic and Antarctica has been postponed until spring 2021. We will continue working with all the teams over the next year and in preparation for 2021.

This also means that we will not have an application period in the summer/fall of 2021 since we already have all of our educators chosen for expeditions during the 2021-2022 field seasons.

We are always open to hearing from researchers wanting to host an educator. Please contact us at info [at] to discuss the opportunities.

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If you are interested in hosting an educator in the future field seasons, we ask that you contact PolarTREC Program Managers first at info [at] to discuss your research project and the timing of our selection process. After this, we will ask you to submit an application. You can find more information about the program online through the following PolarTREC program documentation:

We look forward to hearing from you!

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 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 for Participation
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 educator. This person will be working directly with the educator both before, during, and post field experience and must be fully involved in the selection of the educator. 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 educator is not required. Researchers and educators 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.
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 an educators included in your grant is not required. However, if researchers have extra funding or support for an educator, we are sometimes able to support more than our 12 allotted research projects and educators 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.