ECWG offering 2017 exploration grants for graduate students

The Explorers Club Washington Group (ECWG) is offering exploration grants to graduate students enrolled in colleges or universities in Washington, D.C.; Virginia; West Virginia or Maryland and who are under the supervision of a qualified scientist or educator.

The exploraion activity may occur anywhere in the world.

The ECWG emphasis that supported expeditions will be for scientific purposes, in accordance with the Explorers Club’s stated objective, “to broaden our knowledge of the universe”.

The ECWG’s Exploration and Field Research Grants Program was established to encourage young men and women to add to the body of knowledge of the earth, its people and the universe through exploration and field research.

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.

Grantees must submit a report of the activity and a statement of expenses at the end of the award period.

Publications based on work supported entirely or in part by the ECWG should credit the Explorers Club Washington Group’s Exploration and Field Research Grants Program. Copies of the publications resulting from the project should be forwarded to the Explorers Club Washington Group. A letter of agreement to these terms between the ECWG and the recipient must be signed prior to the award.

Applications must be received using WCWG-Grants Application  2016 form below.

Forms may be submitted by email to: and must be received by February 26, 2016. 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 31, 2016.


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