The Scott Pearlman Field Awards provides grants to artists, writers, filmmakers, still and video photographers, and journalists recommended by a member of The Explorers Club who is also leading the expedition. Samples of the candidates work must be submitted with the completed application, along with two references from individuals familiar with the candidate’s skills, personality, and ability to provide reproduction quality documentation of the specified expedition.
Applications will be carefully considered by the Scott Pearlman Field Awards Committee, who may also confer with professionals in the candidate’s field regarding the merits of the proposals. Applications approved by the Committee then go before the Board of Directors, who alone has the authority to approve the disbursement of funds. Applications will be judged solely on the merit of the proposal, the competence and ability of the candidate, and the appropriateness of the budget. You do not have to be a member of The Explorers Club to qualify for a grant, and there are no age restrictions. Decisions of the Board of Directors will be final.
Recipients of grants are expected to provide a report and samples of their work, including edited video or film, photographic prints, published or unpublished articles, or copies of illustrations and artwork within six months after the expedition returns. These materials will become part of the archives of The Explorers Club. Copyright of the materials will remain with the candidate as artistic, scientific, or intellectual property.
It should be emphasized that grants will be awarded only for those projects with scientific purposes in accordance with the Club’s stated objectives, “to broaden our knowledge of the universe.” Mere travel to remote areas will not be considered. Nor will grants be awarded to existing expedition members to purchase cameras or equipment to document their own efforts. The Scott Pearlman Field Awards are meant to provide scientific expeditions with professional, reproduction quality materials for the publication and dissemination of their work through print and electronic media.
This completed application, samples of the candidate’s work, letters from two peers familiar with the candidates work, and a written recommendation from the Expedition Leader must be received together for consideration. No application will be considered without a signed liability waiver. Awards will be announced on a timely basis after committee review and Board approval, so candidates must allow no less than 12 weeks prior to departure.