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.

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

We have already reached our endorsed expeditions and projects quota this year and will not accept new applications until January 2025.




*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.

SES Endorsed Expeditions & Projects


Scott Pallett - Valkyrie Expedition 2024

Ella Hibbert - In the Arctic 2024

Dr Timm Dobert - Wings of Survival 2024-2025

Dr Rosa Vasquez Espinoza - The Hidden World of Amazonian Stingless Bees 2023-2025

Carla Huynh - Constraining deglaciation in southernmost Patagonia 2023

Catherine Hauw - Effects of lead ammunition hunting in Namibian Cheetahs 2023

James Chapman - Project Amu Darya 2023

Alex Scoffield: ENIGMA - Examining the physical conditions of a high-elevation Himalayan glacial lake 2023

John Bathgate: AMAZON - Summit to Sea Expedition 2023 (TEAM MEMBER OPPORTUNITY & SPONSORSHIP)

Andrew Harper: 2021 Survey Program (TEAM MEMBER OPPORTUNITY) (postponed to 2023 due to COVID-19)


COMPLETED (since 2017)

Colonel John Blashford-Snell CBE: Mongolian Khan Khentii Expedition 2023 (TEAM MEMBER OPPORTUNITY)

Peter Owens: Irish Scoresby Sound Expedition 2022

Colonel John Blashford-Snell CBE: Bolivia Quest 2022

Lucy Shepherd: 2021 Crossing the Kanukus Expedition

Andrew Harper: A Series of 13 Surveys (Simpson Desert, Australia) 2019

Danielle Jackson: South African Conservation Expedition 2019

Stephen Spencer: Madagascar Medical Expeditions (MadEx) 2019

Colonel John Blashford-Snell CBE: Bardia Quest 2019

Angus Wingfield: South African Giraffe Monitoring and Research Expedition 2018

James Dyer: Into the Depths of the Amazon 2018

Colonel John Blashford-Snell CBE: Kenya Quest 2018

Peter Kohler: The Plastic Tide 2017


If you would like to know more about expeditions pre-2017, please visit John Blashford-Snell's YouTube channel.