The Science Communication Fellowship immerses formal and informal educators in the Nautilus Corps of Exploration as communicators for exploration and empowers them to bring the excitement of ocean exploration - specifically in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) - to students and public audiences around the world. Fellows share accounts of ocean research, expedition operations, STEM careers, and daily life with audiences of all ages through live audio commentary on the Nautilus Live website and through outreach to classrooms and communities via ship-to-shore live interactions.
Due to the impacts of COVID-19, OET made the decision to defer the 2020 Science Communication Fellows and offer participation in the 2021 Expedition season for deferred participants. As a result, OET will not open a general call for applications for new Fellows for the 2021 expedition season. Join our education newsletter (below) or check back in August 2021 for upcoming opportunities to participate in upcoming expeditions. To engage with the Corps of Exploration this year, check out the many opportunities available through the virtual event series.
The Science Communication Fellowship is a professional development program which includes: participation in a spring science communication training workshop at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography; experience sailing 1-3 weeks as part of the exploration team on board an oceanographic expedition; a year-long commitment to collaborate with STEM professionals, research scientists, and the educator Fellows within the cohort; development of a STEM-lesson or outreach material deliverable for your education audience; and the agreement to serve as a role model for learners based on your Nautilus experience.
"It has truly been life-changing...Thanks for deepening my view of the world and inspiring me to approach complicated topics in order to become a better communicator."
The Ocean Exploration Trust’s Science Communication Fellowship aims to provide educators with training and immersive at-sea experiences in science communication and ocean exploration. Sailing with Ocean Exploration Trust offers participants the opportunity to deepen their understanding of how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics apply to real-world situations and to engage their classrooms, organizations, and local communities in ocean exploration.
Applications for the Science Communication Fellowship open in late-summer for opportunities the following expedition year. Ocean Exploration Trust encourages a diverse pool of applicants including from traditionally underrepresented populations and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, or handicap.
"Students in my community will be inspired to pursue careers in STEM...At the most basic and fundamental level, they will know why collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity is the key to building a team, and accomplishing a goal."