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Student Grants


The Explorers Club is proud of its history but also looks toward the future by recognizing the importance of new ideas and avenues of exploration. The Club is deeply committed to supporting the fieldwork of serious researchers and, as part of its public service commitment, offers exploration grants in the following categories.

High School Students and College Undergraduates
The goal of this grant category is to foster a new generation of explorers dedicated to the advancement of the scientific knowledge of our world. The average award is approximately $1,500.

Graduate Students and Immediate Post-Doc
This category of grant supports exploration and field research for those who are just beginning their research careers. The average award is approximately $2,500.

Awards for both categories range from $500 to $5,000. We recommend keeping your budget realistic. Only a few grants may be awarded at the $5,000 level.

Both grant categories will require you to submit the following via our online application system:

  • •  One page description of your project with attention to scientific objectives.
  • •  Description of qualifications of your project associates and the specific sites of your proposed research.
  • •  One paragraph description of your career objectives and aspirations and how this project fits into that plan.
  • •  Letter of recommendation from your supervisor
  • •  Copy of a current student ID.
  • •  Budget outline.

Your proposal should be readily understandable to a reviewer of a discipline other than your own. Avoid heavy use of discipline specific jargon unless clearly defined.Keep your titles simple. Here’s an example.

Clearly stated: “Grouping Dynamics of Woolly Monkeys in Lowland Ecuador”

Too much jargon: “Phylogeography and landscape genomics of the aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis)”

Generally The Explorers Club considers research proposals in a wide array of disciplines, including:

  • •  Climate Change, Geoscience, Paleoclimate (i.e. Early Earth, Tectonics, Volcanism, Paleontology, Glaciology, Geophysics, Astronomy)
  • •  Marine Science, Marine Biology, Marine Life, Fish, Coral, Ocean, Fresh Water, Rivers, Lakes, Estuaries
  • •  Anthropology/Archeology
  • •  Plants and Molds
  • •  Animals
  • •  Conservation Science​

Deadline for applications is 5:00 PM EST, October 10, 2016.

To apply, go to grants.explorers.org.

Please note, all applications must be submitted through the online system. If you have trouble with registration, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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