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Student Grants

The Explorers Club is proud of its history but also looks toward the future, 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 the following grants:

The Youth Activity Fund Grant supports high school students and college undergraduates. Its goal is to foster a new generation of explorers dedicated to the advancement of the scientific knowledge of our world.

Awards range from $500 to $5,000. The average award is approximately $1,500. Only a few grants may be awarded at the $5,000 level.

The Exploration Fund Grant is for graduate, post-graduate, doctorate and early career post-doctoral students. It provides grants in support of exploration and field research for those who are just beginning their research careers.

Awards range from $500 to $5,000. The average award is approximately $2,500. Only a few grants may be awarded at the $5,000 level.

The 2014 grant cycle is now closed. Details for the 2015 cycle are coming soon. Please check back in late August for information on how to apply. Awards will be announced in March 2015.

If you have further questions, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Both The Exploration Fund Grant and The Youth Activity Fund Grant will require you to submit a:

  • 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.

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​

Previous Grant Award Winners:
•  2014
•  2013
•  2012
•  2011
•  2010
•  2009
•  2008



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