How to Apply

Ignite LA


Ignite is seeking applications from Los Angeles County high school students who are:
  • Sophomores or juniors in high school
  • Creative thinkers and motivated learners
  • Well-rounded students
  • Available for 10-14 days in the summer
  • Excited to work with a team of students and scientists on a research project in the United States

Program Timeline

Due to the rapidly changing situation regarding COVID-19, we have decided to postpone the 2020 Ignite Program.

We are committed to relaunching the program after the current situation stabilizes.


(Have you read the review criteria and FAQs?)

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

What costs does the fellowship cover?

Ignite LA covers all costs associated with your child’s participation in the program —  transportation, accommodation, meals, and some incidentals.

Who is responsible for scheduling airfare, transportation and accommodation for my child?

Our partner, Earthwatch Institute, will schedule all the logistics for your child’s trip.

Will my child travel alone?

Your child will travel with his or her team. Each team consists of 8 to 10 students from 15 to 18 years old. At the airport, your child will receive assistance from our LA based coordinator, who will help your child check in and answer any last minute questions. The coordinator will walk them to the TSA check point and depart after their flight has taken off.

Who will supervise my child during the program?

Each team will be led by Ph.D. Scientist, their field assistants, and a facilitator (chaperone). Usually, each team will have 3 to 5 adults accompanying them. These individuals have gone through a thorough screening and vetting process, and training to prepare them to host teens.

Will I be able to contact my child when they are on the expedition?

Earthwatch staff will ensure that your child contacts you once he/she has safely arrived at the destination. Most research sites have limited Internet access and no cellphone reception. Emergency contact will always be available.