application Explorers Club Grants

The Explorers Club is proud to support the scientific fieldwork of groundbreaking explorers around the globe — last year our grantees came from 6 continents and 24 countries. Scroll down to learn more.
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Explorers Club Discovery Expedition Grants

The Explorers Club is excited to announce a new grant program in partnership with Discovery, Inc. The Explorers…

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Applications Open, Rolling Deadlines
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Age 18+, open to all disciplines with emphasis on storytelling
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Rising Explorer Grant

Sponsored by The Explorers Club Youth Activity Fund. The Explorers Club is proud of its history and also looks toward the future by recognizing the importance of new…

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Applications are due November 15, 2021
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You are a high school student, college undergraduate, or independent researcher doing work at an equivalent level.
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Rolex Explorers Club Grant

The Explorers Club and Rolex share a common vision – supporting and fostering emerging young explorers. We are pleased to announce another installment of The Rolex Explorers Club Grants program. Proposals must…

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Applications are due November 15, 2021
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You are a young explorer under the age of 35 conducting fieldwork to address a novel scientific, environmental, or historic question.
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Fjällräven Field Grant

The Explorers Club and Swedish-based outdoor gear and clothing company, Fjällräven, have partnered to create a grant program aimed to promote excellence in field exploration through scientific research.Our shared values of conservation,…

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Applications are due November 15, 2021
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You are a graduate or post-graduate student or an early career scientist conducting fieldwork in the natural sciences.
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The Exploration Fund Grant

This category supports exploration and field research for those who are just beginning their research careers. Awards are approximately $2,500 to $5,000.

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Applications are due November 15, 2021
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You are a graduate or post-graduate student, or an early career scientist conducting fieldwork.
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The Stephenson Explorers Advancement Program

This category supports exploration and field research for marine exploration and conservation projects. The Philip Stephenson Foundation promotes…

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Applications are due November 15, 2021
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You are a college undergraduate, graduate student, or an independent explorer conducting fieldwork focused specifically on marine research.
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Exodus Exploration without Boundaries Grant

The Explorers Club is proud to launch the Exodus Exploration without Boundaries Grant Program. Generously supported by Exodus…

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Applications are due November 15, 2021
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Open to researchers of all skill levels who are 18 or older. Particular interest may be taken in projects led by indigenous explorers, or that benefit and amplify the work of indigenous explorers.
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FAQs

  • Where do I apply?
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  • Do I need recommendations?
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    Each grant requires two written recommendations.

  • What are the criteria?
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    Rising Explorer Grant – Open to high school students, college undergraduates, and independent researchers doing scientific field work at an equivalent level.

    Exploration Fund Grant – Designated especially for graduate/post-graduate students or early career scientists conducting fieldwork.

    Rolex Explorers Club Grant – Focused on young explorers under the age of 35 who are conducting field research to address a novel scientific, environmental, or historic question.

    Stephenson Explorers Advancement Program – Open to college undergraduates/graduate students, and independent explorers under the age of 35. Must be conducting fieldwork focused specifically, on marine research.

    Fjallraven Field Grant – For explorers under the age of 35 doing fieldwork related to conservation, the environment, and/or sustainability.

  • How much is awarded per grant?
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    Rising Explorer Grant – $1,500 average

    Exploration Fund Grant – $2,500 – $5,000 average

    Rolex Explorers Club Grant – $10,000

    Stephenson Explorers Advancement Program – $10,000

    Fjallraven Field Grant – $5,000

  • What is the timeline on the grant cycle?
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    Unless otherwise indicated on the application, all grants follow the same general timeline.

    • Applications Open – August/September
    • Application Deadline – October/November
    • Announcement of Awards – March

    Applications for The Explorers Club Discovery Expedition Grants remain open, and we accept applications for the Discovery Grant on a rolling basis.

  • How we define field science for Explorers Club granted expeditions?
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    Field science consists of expeditions that collect data in order to add to the scholarship, or knowledge in a given discipline, bound for peer reviewed publication. Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to – anthropology, archaeology, wildlife, botany, earth sciences, marine and freshwater research, ecology, geography, paleontology. Priority will be given to expeditions tackling ambitious research questions over survey data. Uniqueness and rarity of the data collected will be taken into account.