In collaboration with our travel partner, PONANT, Explorers Club Members, scientists, and explorers now have the opportunity to traverse new frontiers in search of discovery and a more sustainable future. Apply below for an opportunity to conduct research aboard Le Commandant Charcot, for a multi-week expedition voyage.

Recipients of these science grants come from 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. Your role as a science grantee will be to conduct your research project, and engage with the PONANT travelers via lectures, workshops and where possible inviting guests to partake in sample collections.



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 applications are currently open. 

The deadline is July 1st 2024.

If you have questions about the application or the voyage, please email

No applications should be sent to the above inbox. 

All applications must be submitted through the grants portal above to be considered.


Upcoming Ponant Explorers Expeditions

From the St Lawrence to Greenland, the Last Moments of Winter

March 6 – 25, 2025

Saint Pierre & Miquelon – Reykjavik

Disko Bay: Meeting the Inuit & Discovering the Unknown

March 21 – April 5, 2025

Reykjavik – Nuuk

In the Ice of the Arctic, from Greenland to Svalbard

Jun 21 – July 7, 2025

Reykjavik – Longyearbyen

Transarctic, the Quest for the Two North Poles

September 5 – 25, 2025

Longyearbyen – Nome

In the Wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot

December 5 – 20, 2025

Ushuaia – Ushuaia

In the Wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot

December 19, 2025 – January 3, 2026

Ushuaia – Ushuaia

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Applications are due July 1, 2024