Now Accepting Applications to Host Educators in 2020-2021

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). PolarTREC will use the information you provide in your application to select research projects and educators that match in interest and availability. If your project is selected, you will be asked to review 5-10 educator applications and interview the top applicants for your project. We anticipate interviews being conducted in November-December 2019 with final matches being made before January 2020.

If you are interested in hosting an educator, 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.

Informational Webinar:
An informational webinar will be held on Wednesday, 11 September 2019 at 1:00 PM AKDT (11 AM HST, 2 PM PDT, 3 PM MDT, 4 PM CDT, 5 PM EDT) for teachers, informal science educators, and researchers. Register here.

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

Application Tips:

  • Do not submit the Word document! Use this to type your answers and cut and paste them into the online form below. The webform doesn't save answers.

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  • If you cannot access or have trouble with the online application, please contact info [at] for further instructions.
  • Answer each question as thoroughly as possible. We will contact you if additional information is needed.
  • If you are applying to work exclusively with an educator you already know, please read this additional information and jointly complete the Supplementary Questions for Preexisting Educator-Researcher Teams
  • We will be selecting informal science educators (e.g. educators that work in museums, science/nature centers, after-school programs) as well as formal classroom teachers placed in grades 6-12. We will not be accepting applications from PolarTREC alumni teachers.

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 an educator. If this is your case, please contact the PolarTREC Project Managers at info [at] to discuss your individual situation.

If you don't know about your project's funding, but are interested in applying to host an educator, please contact the PolarTREC Project Managers (info [at] to discuss your individual situation.

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.