SES EXPLORER AWARDS

THE SES EXPLORER AWARDS

Echoing the Scientific Exploration Society (SES) long history of worldwide exploration and pioneering leadership, our quest to encourage ‘Pioneers with Purpose’ is the primary focus of the SES Explorer Awards, designed to support inspiring leaders through scientific exploration at the frontiers of human discovery. We seek to enhance their chosen careers by providing high profile Awards for their projects that will also leave a lasting legacy and benefit. We seek the rising stars who could become major players in the next generation, willing to take on risks in a sensible way and who share the values of grit, curiosity, integrity and leadership that pioneers like SES Founder John Blashford-Snell expound.

Our aim over the next decade is to showcase the finest feats of contemporary explorers alongside a new generation who can be inspired by them. We believe the values expressed through the best kind of leadership, exposing integrity, understanding risk, pursuing scientific excellence and endeavour, are all values that the world urgently needs today to navigate the different choices facing humanity.

SES EXPLORER AWARDS 2017

The deadline for applications for SES Explorer Awards was at 1200GMT on 13th January 2017, therefore no further applications are being received.  Those who have submitted applications will have received acknowledgement and be notified of SES decision no later than 31st March 2017.
However THE SES ELODIE SANDFORD EXPLORER AWARD 2017 HAS BEEN RE-LAUNCHED
We are delighted to announce that significant further donations have been received from the family and friends of Elodie. It has therefore been agreed that:
The final total for this Award is now £7,700
The closing date will be extended to 1200GMT on 31st January 2017
The previously advertised SES Elodie Sandford Explorer Award of £4,000 has been replaced by this revised Award
Those who have previously expressed interest will be contacted with the updated details, and new enquiries for this Award are welcome.

THE SES ELODIE SANDFORD EXPLORER AWARD 2017

An Award of £7,700 and the exclusive right to become: 

THE SES ELODIE SANDFORD EXPLORER 2017
 The SES Elodie Sandford Explorer Award has been generously created by family and friends in memory of Elodie, an honorary Vice-President of the Society and keen photographer. The recipient will be a person who partakes in an adventurous, innovative project who can demonstrate how the use of photography will focus attention on the needs of indigenous people living in a remote area and/or the plight of fauna and flora. 
The applicant should be an amateur rather than a professional photographer and must show that his or her photographs will be of real benefit to the people, the environment, fauna or flora. The applicant should either be an exceptional individual who has instigated and will lead their own expedition, or for this particular award, an individual who proposes to join an expedition in a supportive role but who can demonstrate the value of photography as a means of communicating their passion for the purpose of the expedition to a wider audience.
The sharing of images from the expedition is an important part of the expedition output, and a tangible means by which the Award winner can inspire others interest in the particular issues the expedition seeks to address. It is suggested therefore that the Award recipient be asked to reserve up to £300 to help disseminate photographs through Social Media and other channels to the widest relevant audience possible, and a modest display at the 2017 SES Explorer Awards event. Their proposal for how this can best be achieved should be included in their application.

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE SES ELODIE SANDFORD EXPLORER AWARD 2017

 All considering applying for an Award should carefully read The SES Explorer Awards 2017  Introduction Guidance Notes.pdf (126 KB) , and the specific Award details below.
Applications for the SES Elodie Sandford Explorer Award 2017 are invited by 12:00GMT on Tuesday 31st January 2017 
Applicants will be informed of the Trustees’ decision by email not later than 31st March 2017.
Before submitting an application, we urge those considering applying for an Award to contact us with a brief outline of their plan including:

1. Why you chose this expedition, and your role in its organisation

2. What you personally hope to gain from leading the expedition in terms of your personal development and career aspirations - your credentials to be a ‘Pioneer with Purpose’ and supporter appeal

3. Why the expedition is innovative and adventurous 

4. A very brief summary of the aims, objectives and legacy of the research
the team, collaborators and your leadership credentials to date

5. Your output and communication plan - both in the scientific and wider interest fields.
It takes a lot of time to prepare an application and we would not want anybody’s time to be wasted in vain! If your outline matches the Award criteria you will be sent an application form. Please do note that applications must be submitted by individuals, and usually the person instigating the expedition (please refer to individual Award criteria). We do not support NGO or other organisation lead projects.

SES EXPLORER AWARDS COMMITTEE: John Blashford-Snell OBE, DSc(Hon), D Eng(hc), FRSGS, Andrew Mitchell BSc, FRGS, Barry Moss FRGS, Diane Allen, Edward Cooper, James Borrell, Sally Reid.

BECOMING INVOLVED IN THE SES EXPLORER AWARDS - A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR SUPPORTING SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION
Would you consider supporting a Pioneer with Purpose through the SES Explorer Awards?  There is a great opportunity for individuals and organisations alike to encourage, recognise and reward the next generation of outstanding leaders in the world of scientific exploration and sustainability. 
By supporting a bespoke Award or series of Awards, or contributing to a collective Award you can support a rising star through their daring journey, scientific research and watch them go onto achieve great objectives whilst carrying their supporters’ name with pride.
Please do click here  SES Awards for Exploration.pdf (3.16 MB) or contact us to learn more about the unique opportunity we offer.

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