How to Apply for Explorers Club Discovery Grants: The Explorers Club, in collaboration with Discovery, Inc., is thrilled to introduce a novel grant program designed to promote scientific understanding, climate change mitigation, species and culture preservation, and the well-being of our planet and its inhabitants.

How to Apply for Explorers Club Discovery Grants: $25K - $40K
How to Apply for Explorers Club Discovery Grants: $25K – $40K

Explorers play a pivotal role as storytellers in this endeavor.

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Eligibility for Explorers Club Discovery Grants

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. The program supports researchers and explorers globally, allowing them to showcase their discoveries without limitations on scientific publication or research ownership.

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Supported Areas in Explorers Club Discovery Grants

Fieldwork in various disciplines, including biological sciences, archaeology, anthropology, paleontology, earth sciences, ecology, astronomy, and exploratory projects shedding light on our world and its changing regions.

Application Process

  1. Begin with a pre-application submission.
  2. If approved, you’ll be invited to submit a full application via the online portal (by invitation only).


Application Review

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis throughout the year. Apply at least six months ahead of your fieldwork.


Grant Amount

Grants typically range from $25,000 to $40,000.


Media Component

Grant recipients must offer Discovery the first right to cover their expedition, with access to Discovery’s global audience through digital and television programming. The aim is to create engaging, educational, and inspiring content.

Additional Grants

The Explorers Club supports the next generation of explorers through the Exploration Fund and Youth Activity Fund. Other explorers receive backing through Rolex, OceanX, and Fjallraven grants.

Expedition Types

Supported projects primarily involve field expeditions in various scientific fields. While the work may include lab components, it should be primarily field-based. Projects centered solely on extreme sports or physical feats won’t be considered.


Response Time for Pre-Applications

You can expect a response within 30-45 days as pre-applications are reviewed monthly.

Full Application Requirements for Explorers Club Discovery Grants

  • Project title and summary.
  • Expedition dates.
  • Project description, including hypothesis and methodology (1-2 pages).
  • Detailed project budget.
  • CVs of the applicant and team members.
  • Inclusion of a local collaborator.
  • A three-minute video statement by the grantee.
  • Two recommendation letters.
  • Relevant affiliations.
  • Required permits for the project.
  • Applicant’s social media and website details.
  • Maps and visual documentation of the project site.


Application Timeline for Explorers Club Discovery Grants

Applications are received on a rolling basis and reviewed quarterly. It’s recommended to submit your application at least six to nine months before planned fieldwork.


Application Evaluation

Applications are assessed by a committee of Ph.D. researchers from diverse scientific fields, the Vice President of Research and Education, and Explorers Club executives. Additional specialists may review the applications. Discovery Inc. will also review EC-recommended projects to determine their potential for web and television coverage.

Application Criteria

Projects are assessed based on their alignment with The Explorers Club’s mission and ethics, scientific credibility, innovative approaches, impact potential, team qualifications, and their ability to educate and inspire a global audience through storytelling.

Deadline: Rolling Basis.