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 create the equivalent of the ‘Oscars of Exploration’; an opportunity 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.


We are indebted to Neville Shulman CBE, the Rivers Foundation, Cadogan Tate for their generous sponsorship of the SES Explorer Awards 2016, and to the SES Members, friends and Foundations who have so kindly made contributions to the SES Inspiration Explorer Award this year.
Full details of the SES Explorer Awards 2016 will be available shortly, preliminary details of the first Awards are outlined below. We ask that EVERYBODY considering applying for an Award should Contact us to tell us about their expedition plan and check that their application falls within the Award criteria - it takes a lot of time to prepare an application and we would not want anybody’s time to be wasted in vain!

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Please do note that applications must be submitted by the individual instigating the expedition, we do not support NGO or other organisation lead projects. We will be looking to support leaders whose innovative expeditions combine adventure and science and offer potential for excellent communication, output and legacy. The full guidelines can be found here.  Guidelines to SES Explorer Awards 2016 v7.pdf (142 KB)

Explorer, Mountaineer, Adventurer and Author Neville Shulman CBE is a long-time member and supporter of the SES, and we are delighted that he has included the Society amongst his many charitable interests. He is personal consultant and advisor to Ridley Scott, and with a wide and varied interest in film, culture (Director of the International Institute for Dance & Theatre) and exploration. Combining these interests, Neville has very kindly sponsored The SES Neville Shulman Film Award of £7000, and will offer pre and post production mentoring if logistics allow. The Award is to support projects focussing on the intangible and / or tangible heritage in a foreign land. Within the application procedure, applicants must film making and presentation ability and detail their plan for a film of at least 5 minutes in length, to be made post expedition and shown at the SES Explorer Awards presentation in 2017.

An Award of £6,000, and the exclusive right to become THE SES INSPIRATIONAL EXPLORER 2016
The Trustees of the SES, together with Foundations, organisations and individuals contributing to the SES ‘Inspiration’ Explorer Award are pleased to have amassed the sum of £6,000. They now invite applications from the most inspirational of ‘Pioneers with Purpose’, those whose expedition has that special ‘something’ be it in terms of the nature of research, the legacy it offers, or any other aspects of the expedition. We are grateful to The Rowan Bentall Charitable Trust, the Sandra Trust, Sir Charles Blois, Beths School, the Trustees of the SES and Messrs Pritchard, O’Hea and Atwater for their generous contributions to this Award.

The Rivers Foundation has for many years provided support for children and young adults, both in the UK and internationally. It particularly focuses on the education, social development and medical well-being of young people. Alan Rivers, chairman of The Rivers Foundation is a long-time friend and supporter of John Blashford-Snell and the SES, and has generously donated money to purchase and school books to be distributed by John during his expeditions as well as medical equipment and supplies. The Rivers Foundation also has an interest in development of the arts, culture and music, and would love to hear about projects involving development of these areas within their expedition. An award of £5,000 is available, and designed to support projects focussing on improving the lives of communities in deprived and under-developed regions of the world. It may be awarded to support expeditions with a health focus, or for anthropological projects including those with a cultural interest including art and ethnomusicology


Global removal company Cadogan Tate has been enormously helpful to the SES for many years, having moved stores to expedition equipment to destinations throughout the world. They have built a loyal following amongst individuals and organisations who expect the highest level of service and expertise. The SES Cadogan Tate Explorer Award of £2,000 is designed to support expeditions focussing on the advancement of organic and natural practices, conservation, and preservation of our planet, life on the planet and its environment, and taking place within under-developed regions of the world.

Would you consider sponsoring 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 sponsoring 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 sponsors’ name with pride.
Please do click here or contact us to learn more about the unique opportunity we offer.

Could you be one of our 2016 Award winners? Watch Bertie Gregory's inspiring video on why you should apply

 PowerPoint - SES Awards for Exploration 2015 v2.pdf (2.08 MB)

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