Grants, Contests, Fellowships

There are many opportunities for teachers in the form of awards, grants, contests, and fellowships, and as these opportunities are announced, we will use the space below to post the announcement. If you have any questions about any of these opportunities please contact the sponsoring agency which may not be NESTA. Check back often as we will update this page as announcements are available.

Apply to attend the European Geosciences Union GIFT (Geosciences Information For Teachers) Program in Vienna next April. More information is available in the link below.

Links to Grants and Competitions for Teachers

Check out the opportunities occasionally posted here for your chance to win an award for your proposal. For example, here are links to current
NSTA Competitions

Pay close attention to the proposal requirements. If you have any questions about the application process, contact the sponsoring agency, not NESTA. Good Luck!

NESTA Harold B. Stonehouse Mini-Grants for K-12 Teachers

The Harold B. Stonehouse Mini-Grants, for K-12 Earth Science Teachers are mini-grants of up to $500, given to educators to support student-centered Earth Science activities. The purpose of these grants is to support innovative Earth Science ideas in K - 12 classrooms. The grant program is named in honor of Dr. Harold B. Stonehouse, a founding member of NESTA and its very first Executive Advisor. Learn more about the grant.

Beginning in 2015, two grants may be awarded to selected NESTA member applicants. Award amounts will not exceed $500. We have extended the application deadline to after the summer break, so they are now due Oct 31, 2015. Download the grant application.

MESTA Stoney Grant - The Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association is offering a mini-grant (up to $500) to support student-centered Earth Science activities for NESTA members. For mini-grant details and the application form go to:

NAGT OESTA (Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award)
NAGT recognizes 1 teacher from each State for excellence in teaching and related activities, and also cites 1 from each Section. For information about this program and how to apply:

These fellowships are financial awards for individuals to expand their educational background.

Scholarships and Internships for Students
Students, these opportunities will assist you in your educational endeavors or career path. Pay close attention to all the rules and deadlines. Good Luck!

The contests listed below are for a myriad of prizes. Pay attention to the contest rules, and contact the sponsoring agency if you have any questions.

  • Contests for Teachers
      Nominate an Educator for the Presidential Award 2015 President Awards
      The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are now accepting nominations for the 2015 awards. Educators teaching mathematics, science and computer science in grades 7-12 are eligible to apply this year. PAEMST is the nation’s highest honor for teachers in this field and is awarded annually by the President of the United States.
    • Contests for Students
      Build something, create something, and write something, etc; there are contests for everyone. Check out the contest rules and prizes.
      • Science Fairs
        Science Fairs have specific objectives for their competitions. Check them out and compete for a prize.
      • Design Challenges
        Design Challenges, in which students compete to design something that can complete a specific task according to specific requirements, are sometimes for individuals, and sometimes for teams of students. Try your talents on a fun contest like the design challenges listed below.
    • Contests for Teachers
      Teachers, compete with your students, or compete with other teachers for prizes in the contests listed below.

    Student Engagement Opportunities
    These opportunities are for students to raise money for Earth Science related events or activities.

    • Fundraising
      Check out these fundraising opportunities to raise money for that special project or that once in a life-time opportunity for you and your group.
    • Travel to places like Space Camp
      Apply for money available to support student travel to places like Space Camp.

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