– Now Open!
Now accepting applications from Teacher Candidates & Early Childhood Educator Candidates across Ontario!
Natural Curiosity and The Laboratory School at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study created this fellowship to honour two promising Teacher or Early Childhood Educator Candidates each year. Before beginning your application, please read the revised submission guidelines below.
The Dr. David Suzuki Fellowship Award recognizes excellence in pre-service environmental education of elementary school children. The Dr. David Suzuki Fellowships were established by The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School. These Fellowships were made possible by the Norman and Marian Robertson Charitable Foundation, the leadership of Laboratory School teachers, and the support of celebrated, award-winning geneticist, environmentalist, and broadcaster, Dr. David Suzuki.
These Fellowships were created due to the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School’s enduring commitment to pre-service teacher education. This is also in response to an overwhelming number of requests from Teacher Candidates wishing to have a practicum experience at the Lab School in order to witness Environmental Inquiry in action before setting off in their own teaching practices.
Who should apply?
Pre-service Teachers or pre-service Early Childhood Educators
Graduating this year (2021) from an accredited Ontario Faculty of Education or Early Childhood Education program
Winners will have an opportunity to participate in their choice of virtual Natural Curiosity professional learning*.
Changes to the Fellowship
Due to COVID-restrictions in schools, the Suzuki Fellowship will not take place in-person this year. In place of the fellowship experience, 2021-22 Suzuki Award winners will have an opportunity to participate in their choice of one or more virtual professional learning opportunities offered by Natural Curiosity, including webinars, online coaching, and virtual workshops. Natural Curiosity will work with the winning fellows to ensure they can visit the Lab School for a full-day tour at a future date, when it is safe and reasonable to do so. Suzuki Fellows will be able to see, learn, and immerse themselves in Environmental Inquiry, the Lab School’s four-part approach to Environmental Education under the mentorship of Lab School teacher/researchers.