SES is the longest-running scientific exploration organisation in the world, with an unrivalled record of leading, funding, and supporting over 200 expeditions since its inception in 1969. Each year we seek to unite with high-quality, innovative, and pioneering scientific exploration by endorsing independently-run expeditions and projects that meet the Society's aims and objectives.

Please note that we’ve reached our limit for endorsed expeditions this year and are now open to 2024 applications.

We encourage applications from everyone including former SES Explorer Award winners.




*An 'expedition' is of limited duration in the field.

**A 'project' is a longer-term undertaking that may include one or more expeditions.

SES Objectives

To promote and support expeditions focused on scientific exploration in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, biodiversity, botany, economics, ecology, geography, geodesy, geology, geophysics, glaciology, psychology, history, human physiology, medicine, meteorology, sociology, topography and zoology. Expeditions will often take place in the more inaccessible and remote regions of the world and will aim to produce new scientific studies of the physical, social, economic, cultural, natural, environmental life of such regions or communities with the purpose of advancing knowledge of/research into, educational development, health and humanitarian support, medical aid and research or environmental, cultural, social awareness and support of those regions.

SES endorsed expeditions* are led by experienced explorers and professionals in their field and there may be opportunities for SES members and friends to join an expedition as a team member.

*SES does not financially support endorsed expeditions and projects. SES endorsement is, however, not without value. SES is highly respected by the scientific/explorer community, and many expedition leaders find that an endorsement by SES opens funding doors. SES endorsement also includes support where possible, by giving expedition leaders and team members the opportunity to reach out to our wider explorer community.

SES members and all other participants in SES endorsed expeditions and projects take part at their own risk, and will not hold SES, its trustees, employees, volunteers, partners or agents liable (whether in contract or in tort or in negligence or for breach of statutory duty or otherwise) for any loss, criminal or reputational damage, personal injury, delay or expense suffered or incurred on any such expedition. SES endorses the aims and objectives of these expeditions only.