Youth Activity Fund Grant

Awards $500-$5000 for independent scientific research

The Youth Activity Fund Grant supports high school students and college undergraduates. Its goal is to foster a new generation of explorers dedicated to the advancement of the scientific knowledge of our world.

Awards range from $500 to $5,000. We recommend keeping your budget realistic. The average award is approximately $1,500. Only a few grants may be awarded at the $5,000 level.  

Generally The Explorers Club considers research proposals in a wide array of disciplines, including:

  • Geoscience, Paleoclimate, Atmospheric Science, Early Earth, Tectonics, Volcanism, Paleontology, Glaciology, Geophysics, Astronomy

  • Marine Science and Fresh Water Science, Marine Biology, Marine Life, Fish, Coral, Ocean, Fresh Water, Rivers, Lakes, Estuaries

  • Anthropology/Archeology

  • Plants and Molds

  • Animals





Deadline Information

5:00 pm EST: Monday, October 10, 2016

Application Process

To apply, submit the following through their online system: 

  • One page description of your project with attention to scientific objectives.
  • Description of qualifications of your project associates and the specific sites of your proposed research.
  • One paragraph description of your career objectives and aspirations and how this project fits into that plan.
  • Letter of recommendation from your supervisor
  • Copy of a current student ID.
  • Budget outline.

Your proposal should be readily understandable to a reviewer of a discipline other than your own. Avoid heavy use of discipline specific jargon unless clearly defined.