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. Collaboration is key to the work of SES and we seek to unite with high-quality, innovative, and pioneering scientific exploration by endorsing independently-run expeditions and projects that meet the Society's objectives.

We encourage applications from everyone including former SES Explorer Award winners. Successful applications will match the aims and objectives of SES.




SES Objectives

To promote, organise or support (whether financially or otherwise) expeditions focused on scientific exploration in any of the fields of anthropology, archaeology, bio-diversity, 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 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.