SES EXPLORER AWARDS - 'OSCARS OF EXPLORATION'

With the support of generous benefactors and members, SES has seven 2021 Explorer Award grants available for funding scientific expeditions. SES seeks inspirational leaders and scientific trailblazers who are organising expeditions that focus on discovery, research and conservation. Our 2021 Explorers must be prepared to take on monumental physical, logistical and global challenges and share the values of grit, curiosity, integrity and leadership that pioneers with purpose such as SES Founder Colonel John Blashford-Snell CBE exemplify.

We are proud to present the following Explorer Awards...

Sir Charles Blois Explorer Award for Science & Adventure

An award of £5,000 and the exclusive title Sir Charles Blois Explorer 2021
The Sir Charles Blois Explorer Award has been created to support a scientific adventurer and trailblazer. The applicant should be undertaking an adventurous expedition with strong physical requirements, in a challenging environment which aims to produce new scientific studies of the physical, social, economic and cultural life of communities, ideally in more remote regions of the world.

Elodie Sandford Explorer Award for Amateur Photography

An award of at least £4,000* and the exclusive title Elodie Sandford Explorer 2021
The Elodie Sandford Explorer Award has been created by family and friends in memory of Elodie. The applicant will be an amateur photographer who partakes in an adventurous and innovative project and can demonstrate how their photography will be of real benefit to the people, environment, wildlife, fauna or flora targeted by the expedition.
*Actual award balance could be higher depending on donations (eg the 2020 award was £7,000), but only the minimum is guaranteed.

Gough Explorer Award for Medical Aid & Research

An award of £4,000 and the exclusive title Gough Explorer 2021
The Gough Explorer Award has been created to support an individual leading an expedition. The applicant should be clear that the main focus of which is to carry out either medical aid, and/or associated research within communities, ideally in more remote regions of the world.

Judith Heath Explorer Award for Botany & Research

An award of £5,250 and the exclusive title Judith Heath Explorer 2021
The Judith Heath Explorer Award has been created in memory of Judith Heath, a longstanding member of SES, to support an individual leading an expedition. The applicant should be clear that the main focus of their expedition must be to carry out a scientific study of plants, ideally in more remote regions of the world – the findings of which should be shared with relevant parties and to a wider audience.

Neville Shulman Explorer Award for Expedition Filmmaking

An award of £7,000 and the exclusive title Neville Shulman Explorer 2021
The Neville Shulman Explorer Award has been created to support an expedition combining adventure and scientific purpose focusing on the intangible and/or tangible heritage, ideally in more remote regions of the world. The applicant should be someone who has filmmaking experience and is either organising or closely involved in the planning of a scientific, cultural or geographical expedition. 

Rivers Foundation Explorer Award for Health & Humanities

An award of £5,000 and the exclusive title Rivers Foundation Explorer 2021
The Rivers Foundation has an interest in health and humanities and would love to hear from individuals who are passionate about education, social development and medical wellbeing within communities, ideally in more remote regions of the world.

SES Explorer Award for Inspirational & Scientific Trailblazing

An award of £5,000 and the exclusive title SES Explorer 2021
The supporters are looking for someone unique. The applicant should be an inspirational Scientific Trailblazer whose expedition has that special ‘something’ be it in terms of the nature of research, the legacy it offers, or any other inspiring aspects of the expedition. This award may also support a scientific explorer who has previously received funding from SES for their project or expedition and who wishes to continue their research.

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SES - Encouraging Diversity

SES welcomes applications from around the globe and is committed to equal opportunities for all, ensuring that no one is denied opportunities or discriminated against through prejudice or exclusion on the basis of race, colour or nationality, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy and maternity, disability, religion or belief, age or any other ground on which it becomes unlawful to discriminate under the laws of England and Wales (referred to as Protected Characteristics). Our mission is to continue to nurture and grow our community of explorers, ensuring that this community reflects and fully represents diversity, culture and differing perspectives found around the world.

Covid-19

Covid-19 has significantly disrupted many SES Explorers' expeditions this year, however SES is continuing with its 2021 Explorer Award programme and is committed to funding future explorers who plan to go into the field when it is safe and responsible to do so. Our award winners will be formally recognised at our Explorer Awards Presentation Evening in October 2021, but funds will only be released to the recipient when Government, FCO, and in-country guidance is clear that it is appropriate to do so. The health and safety of SES Explorers and those that they may come into contact with are of paramount importance to the Society and its supporters. If unavoidably delayed due to the current pandemic/other, the expedition must continue to meet all of the original award criteria, and the aims, objectives, and outcomes must fundamentally remain the same. SES will honour the award sum providing all ‘Terms and Conditions’ are met. Any significant changes are to be agreed with the Society and its Trustees.

SES is extremely grateful to the sponsors for their generous support and here is a printable version of SES Explorer Awards 2021.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR A 2021 SES EXPLORER AWARD

EXPLORER AWARD WINNERS

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AWARDS 2020

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AWARDS 2019

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AWARDS 2018

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AWARDS 2017

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AWARDS 2016

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AWARDS 2015

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AWARDS 2014

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AWARDS 2013

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AWARDS 2012

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AWARDS 2011