The Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology

Provides funding for graduate, post-doctoral, and junior scientists who wish to participate in field studies for their theses or other purposes.

In 2006 the American Philosophical Society and the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) partnered to promote the continued exploration of the world around us through a program of research grants in support of astrobiological field studies. The NAI-supported Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology has awarded $350,555 to 81 Lewis and Clark in Astrobiology Field Scholars in its first ten years of existence.

The Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology is open to field studies in any area of interest to astrobiology. Applications will be reviewed by a committee that includes members of the NAI, the APS, and the wider science community as needed. Recipients will be designated as Lewis and Clark Field Scholars in Astrobiology.

Deadline Information

Deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2018

Responsibilities

Each grant recipient will submit brief reports on his or her trip for archiving in the APS Library (where the Lewis and Clark and other early reports of exploration are also stored) and for distribution by the NASA Astrobiology Institute. The project and financial reports are due one month after completion of the funded portion of the work, per the time frame indicated on the proposal.

Eligibility Requirements

Grants will be available to graduate students and post-doctoral and junior scientists who wish to participate in field studies for their theses or for other purposes. Eligibility for applicants with doctorates is limited to those five years or fewer beyond their Ph.D. or equivalent degree, although, rarely, exceptions may be made. A graduate student applicant should ask his or her academic supervisor or field trip leader to write one of the two letters of recommendation, specifying the role of the student in the field trip and the educational contribution of the trip. 

Budgets should be limited to travel and related expenses, including personal field equipment.

The competition is open to U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and foreign nationals formally affiliated with a U.S.-based institution, who may carry out research anywhere in the world. Applicants from outside of the United States and U.S citizens affiliated with foreign institutions may not apply. Both members and non-members of NAI are eligible.

When appropriate, applicants should provide assurances that safety measures will be taken for potentially hazardous projects. When necessary, the applicant and his or her supervisor should describe the field training that will be provided and the provisions for experienced supervision.

Questions concerning the eligibility of a project, applicant, or use of funds should be directed to Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, at LMusumeci@amphilsoc.org, or 215-440-3429.

Application Process

The four-page application can be downloaded here. The completed application should be sent to applications@amphilsoc.org. The application should be supported with two reference letters, the forms for which can also be found on the opportunity's website. The completed reference letter should be sent to lettersofsupport@amphilsoc.org.