STEM Travel Scholarship

  • In partnership with the Northern Illinois Science Educators, EF Educational Tours is pleased to announce the 2019 EF Professional Learning STEM Travel Scholarship opportunity.

    The scholarship application process is open to all current members of the Northern Illinois Science Educators (NISE) network of educators. Two full scholarships will be awarded for travel on EF’s 2019 Scholarship Tour to Panama in February, 2019 and will be based on applicants’ commitment to global education initiatives within Illinois.

    The Experience

    EF Education First ( is offering a full travel scholarship to top STEM educators across the United States. Winners will be selected on the basis of their interest and commitment to creating global education programs and supporting STEM initiatives within their school, district and/or state. Scholarship recipients will participate in a 5-day STEM Exploration and Professional Development program in Panama City, Panama. This is your chance to work with global experts in the fields of engineering, wetlands science, environmental sustainability and marine biology. You’ll return home feeling inspired and rejuvenated to share a world of STEM and experiential learning with your students. These programs are designed to help educators:

    *  Connect with like-minded and professionally compatible educators from across the US in an international STEM setting.
    *  Inspire new professional networks and teaching mythologies in a global setting.
    *  Create innovative programs upon return to help students explore STEM beyond the classroom via educational travel abroad. (See for details and to learn how schools in your district can also get involved.)


    Open to all current members of NISE and science educators in Illinois. NISE employees, leadership, and family members are not eligible.

    What’s Included

    Collaborative workshops with leaders in education, sightseeing tours, educational itinerary, round-trip flights and transportation, 4 overnight stays in hotels, Latin American breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and a full-time tour director.

    Application Process
    (Dates Subject to Change.)
    *  Complete the application and 4 required essays via this link:
    *  Deadline for application submissions is Monday, October 15, 2018. (Updated)
    *  Finalists must complete a video conference interview by Friday, October 26, 2018, to be eligible.
    *  Recipients will be notified no later than Friday, November 9, 2018.

    Additional Information
    *  Travel will be from February 14-18, 2019.
    *  Download: EF Scholarship Tour Flyer
    *  Download: Panama STEM Trip Itnerary
    *  Recipient selection is at the sole discretion of EF Tours. The terms and conditions may be amended and/or changed at EF Tours’s sole discretion, including any and all descriptions, dates, and instructions regarding the program. Applicants acknowledge and agree that EF Tours reserves the right and may, at its sole discretion, at any time and without prior notice, change, amend or delete any provision of these terms and conditions.


    Contact: Durban Rose Ripley -, 331-228-7187

More Info

  • About NISE

    NISE strives to provide professional development for suburban / urban K-16 science teachers in the Chicago area. [more]
  • Conference Details

    For more information on the NISE 2018 Conference, visit our conference information page. [more]