The IFR’s mission is to transform individuals and communities through experiential education and field research. Our goals are to:
- Raise awareness and enhance protection of our shared world heritage and natural landscapes.
- Reinforce the importance of evidence-based science by fortifying its place in public consciousness.
- Foster hands-on, immersive, evidence-based research and fieldwork training opportunities to people around the world.
- Develop a system of excellence in both research and pedagogy in field schools.
- Promote collaborative research partnerships with local/Indigenous communities.
- Promote diversity, equity and accessibility in field school education by using economies of scale and raising funds for scholarships.
- Hold a PhD or equivalent terminal degree
- Demonstrate ability to conduct and publish systematic, evidence-based research
- Subscribe to excellence in pedagogy
- Agree to engage with the annual IFR peer-review process
We not only welcome partnerships with scholars who hold an affiliation with a college, university, museum, or other relevant academic institution, but independent scholars are also invited to explore possible collaborations. We accept applications from recently graduated PhDs and those who do not (yet) have an affiliation. Partnering with IFR provides recent graduates with the possibility to continue field research and to gain experience in directing a field project under the mentorship of the Academic Board. Teaching a pedagogically sound field school, furthermore, helps in advancing your career.
Field school directors offering their program through IFR agree to open their projects to students of all majors, from any country, ethnicity, gender, or race, 18 years and older.