Through the EC Distinguished Lecturer Program, support funds are awarded to help sponsor science lecturers who are willing to briefly speak about EarthCube while giving invited lectures at institutions and universities across the nation. Speakers can give an original EarthCube-related presentation or add to a science presentation with an EarthCube slide set created by the Engagement Team.  

These reimbursed funds, sent to the sponsoring institution or the speaker for reimbursement, can help offset the costs of hosting or traveling as a scientific speaker who can facilitate a discussion on EarthCube and its potential for science end-users. 

Become an EarthCube Distinguished Lecturer

The EarthCube Engagement Team is seeking science speakers who are familiar with EarthCube principles to join a potential speaker list for the Distinguished Lecturer Program.

If you are interested in becoming listed as a recommended speaker, please fill out this webform

Program Details

All domestic (US and Canadain) academic institutions, including universities and colleges, their departments or science clubs/organizations, as well as State Geological Surveys or other state entities, scientific professional organizations or symposia, science fairs, and other scientific groups are invited to host a distinguished lecturer. Individual speakers on the EarthCube Recommended Speaker list may also apply for reimbursement funds for travel as an EarthCube speaker. 

Organizations/departments or lecturers may ask for up to $300 to fund a speaker's visit, or up to $600 if speaker is an early career scientist (defined as "within five years of having attained a Ph.D., including "All But Dissertation" Ph.D. candidates; or, within five years of having completed a M.S. and not currently working towards a Ph.D”). Two different organizations may ask for the same speaker.

Once a lecture has been approved for funding, the host organization and the speaker will be notified by email and the institution/speaker will be contacted by a staff member from the Earthcube Science Support Office (ESSO) with travel reimbursement information and post-lecture documentation requirements: photo of the event, flier of the event, # of estimated attendees, and an event and audience description.  

Funding decisions are the prerogative the EC Engagement Team of the EC governance. Approved travel will be subject to reimbursement after the speaker has presented. No funds will be paid in advance. Form must be submitted at least four weeks before the date of presentation for adequate processing time. Please allow a minimum of 21 days for reimbursement.

Apply to Host an EarthCube Distinguished Lecturer

EC funding contributes to covering the expenses of hosting an EC speaker at the institution. Funds are not to benefit the individual; thus, an honorarium is not included in expenses. 

Regular and normal travel expenses (airfare, other transportation, meals except for alcohol, and lodging) are applicable costs that can be funded. This is largely intended to help defray all or part of the costs for a sponsor or a speaker.

Please use the following procedure to apply for a grant:

  • Login to Earthcube.
  • Sponsor and speaker agree to address EarthCube as part of a scheduled science presentation or other science event.
  • Settle on a tentative date for the talk, and determine the estimated costs for transportation, lodging, and incidentals of the visit.
  • Apply for the EC Engagement Team Distinguished Lecturer Program below.  Include pertinent information, and stress your intention to expose your audience to NSF’s EarthCube initiative.
  • Form must be submitted at least four weeks before the date of presentation for adequate processing time.  Please allow a minimum of 21 days for reimbursement.
  • Appy by Submitting the following information here. Contact esso-dlp-admins(at)earthcube(dot)org for more information.

    Organization Requesting EC Distinguished Lecturer
    Hosting Institution Contact name and email
    Proposed lecture date
    Is your proposed speaker on the list of approved EarthCube Distinguished Lecturers? View the list here.
    Speaker's name and email
    Lecture title
    Total $ amount requested from EC Lecture program (Funds are limited to $300 ($600 for a designated Early Career Scientist).

After the talk, please provide ESSO with the post-lecture documentation: photo of the event, flier of the event, an event and audience description, and any applicable travel receipts in order, to ensure prompt reimbursement.

Funds are limited to $300 ($600 for a designated Early Career Scientist). To ensure consideration and reimbursement, please apply no later than twelve weeks before the proposed date of the scheduled lecture. Institutions may only request one lecturer per year under this program.

Approved travel will be subject to reimbursement after the speaker has presented. No travel will be paid for in advance. Form must be submitted at least four weeks before the date of presentation for adequate processing time.  Please allow a minimum of 21 days for reimbursement.