Beginning in 2024, Ponant and The Explorers Club will have a new series of expeditions focusing on scientific research and exploration. Five select voyages will feature Explorers Club scientists aboard Le Commandant Charcot, the world’s only luxury icebreaker and the only passenger ship to host scientists aboard while providing dedicated research laboratories, science coordination and equipment.

With 13 ships and more than 400 departures annually, PONANT sails to all seven continents including the Arctic and Antarctic. The first of five applications is now open for Explorers Club scientists to join a half-circumnavigation of Antarctica, with a deadline of April 7th.

Recipients of these science grants are for a diverse community of changemakers from around the world working to support the mission of illuminating and preserving the world’s landscapes, cultures and wildlife through science and education. The purpose of these expeditions is to advance scientific research while encouraging conversations of conservation as travelers explore new frontiers in search of discovery and a more sustainable future.

With the mission of “Explore to Inspire” and 35 years of experience in leading expeditions, these new programs are sure to ignite inspiration while cultivating breakthroughs in preservation and conservation.


Applications may be for one or a team of two scientists.

Applicants must be affiliated with a research institution and be at least 18 years of age.

Finalists will need to partake in a feasibility study with PONANT’s Science Coordinator to discuss logistics and permits.

All applicationsDeadlines for the 2024 program:

  • April 7, 2023: Unexplored Antarctica
  • September 15, 2023: Additional departures


Upcoming Ponant Explorers Expeditions


Unexplored Antarctica: Between Two Continents

January 7 through February 5, 2024 — To Ushuaia from Lyttleton


Inuit Spring at Ammassalik

April 16 through April 26, 2024 — To Reykjavik from Reykjavik


Inuit Spring at The Edge of Scoresby Sund

May 16 through May 28, 2024 — To Reykjavik from Reykjavik


Into the Ice of the Arctic: From Greenland to Svalbard

June 25 through July 11, 2024 — To Longyearbyen from Reykjavik


The Northwest Passage

August 12 through September 5, 2024 — To Reykjavik from Nome


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