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Exploration and Field Research Grants Program

Grants to West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC Graduate
Students for Scientific Research Projects that Occur Anywhere in the World

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Explorers Club Washington Group (ECWG)

Deadline Date:

02/02/18 Receipt


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Grants to West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC graduate students enrolled in a local college or university, for a wide range of scientific exploration and field research projects and activities. Funded projects and activities may occur anywhere in the world.

These grants are intended to encourage young men and women to add to the body of knowledge of the earth, its people, and the universe. Examples of disciplines appropriate for support are anthropology, archaeology, ecology, entomology, botany, linguistics, ornithology, geography, ichthyology, geology, oceanography, glaciology, and similar disciplines.

The grants are intended to provide supplemental funds to support fieldwork or closely related endeavors, and generally range from one to several thousand dollars. While the awards are small, former grantees have successfully used their awards to collect preliminary data leading to other awards or to augment support for items not covered elsewhere. Allowable items include travel to specialized facilities or field research locations, purchase of supplies, rental of field or research facilities, and similar items.

Funds may not be used for stipends, tuition, textbooks, journals, language training, allowances for dependents, travel to scientific meetings, publication costs, reproduction, or indirect costs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182692

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants generally range from one to several thousand dollars.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are available to graduate students who are enrolled in a college or university in the local area (Washington, DC; Virginia; West Virginia; Maryland) and who are under the supervision of a qualified scientist or educator.

The funded activity may occur anywhere in the world.

It should be emphasized that that those expeditions supported will be for scientific purposes, in accordance with the Explorers Club’s stated objective, “to broaden knowledge of the universe”.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received using Explorers Club Washington Group’s standard forms, available below. Forms may be submitted by email to: and must be received by February 2, 2018. Incomplete applications, applications not using the standard forms, or applications received after this date will not be considered. Awards are expected to be announced by March 30, 2018.

Submission Deadline: February 2, 2018

Expected Grants Announcement Date: March 30, 2018

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please send the application form and recommendation letter to Please ensure that the student’s name is in the subject line.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia