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Apply now for EGU’s 2024 Education Fellowship for Early Career Scientists!

12 January 2024

The EGU Education Committee, which coordinates EGU activities mainly related to secondary (high school) and tertiary (post-secondary) education, is once again inviting proposals for its annual Education Fellowship! The fellowship invites Early Career Scientists to work with the EGU Education Committee to develop and deliver a creative initiative which promotes geoscience at the primary, secondary, and/or university education level. The successful applicant will receive €2500 for their project. The deadline for applications is 2 February 2024.

Proposals are invited from Early Career Scientists with a background in teaching within the Earth, planetary and space sciences. A competitive proposal will: 1) outline an innovative approach which focuses on capturing, synthesizing, and disseminating educational resources, developments, innovations and/or opportunities; 2) aim to support educators in the geosciences at the primary, secondary, and/or university-level; 3) include an outline for using social media to disseminate relevant information.

In addition to an educational background in the Earth, planetary and space sciences, the ideal applicant will also have experience in delivering science communication and outreach initiatives in geoscience topics, have excellent communication skills, an enthusiasm for bringing geoscience topics to non-expert audiences, and understand how social media can be used to effectively inform relevant audiences. Previous involvement or association with national or international academic or student organizations would be preferred. Applicants must be an Early Career Scientist and, if applicable, must also have written permission from their line manager/employer/supervisor to participate.

The EGU Education Fellowship is open to a single applicant. The winning applicant will receive €2500 as part of a scholarship contract and will deliver their proposed initiative in close collaboration with the Education Committee. In addition, the winner will need to attend the 2024 Geosciences Information for Teachers (GIFT) workshops, either in person or online. The scholarship will be awarded in full at the end of the contract period (12 months).

Applications must be written in English and include the criteria given above for proposals. The application must contain the following documents:

  • a proposal (no more than 4 pages): a working title, objectives, and description of the initiative.
  • a summary of experience (no more than 3 pages): an account of previous teaching experience, an account of previous science communication and outreach experience, expertise and achievements.
  • a written permission to participate (if applicable).

To apply, interested applicants must fill in the online form, where applicants can upload the PDF files for the documents described above, by 2 February 2024. Submissions by this deadline will be evaluated by members of the Education Committee. The EGU will inform applicants of the competition outcome in February 2024.

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The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is Europe’s premier geosciences union, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the Earth, planetary, and space sciences for the benefit of humanity, worldwide. It is a non-profit interdisciplinary learned association of scientists founded in 2002 with headquarters in Munich, Germany. The EGU publishes a number of diverse scientific journals that use an innovative open access format and organises topical meetings plus education and outreach activities. Its annual General Assembly is the largest and most prominent European geosciences event, attracting more than 15,000 scientists from all over the world. The meeting’s sessions cover a wide range of topics, including volcanology, planetary exploration, the Earth’s internal structure and atmosphere, climate, energy, and resources.