The Rolex Explorer Grants

The Explorers Club and Rolex share a common vision – supporting and fostering emerging young explorers. As a result of this shared vision, we are pleased to announce the inauguration of The Rolex Explorer Grants.

The Rolex Explorer Grants will send extraordinary young explorers into the field and promote the significant role that exploration plays in addressing cutting-edge scientific questions, understanding our environment and the world we live in, and learning more about our history. In 2017 up to five $10,000 grants will be awarded to young explorers.

This program is open to all field science disciplines. Proposals must contain a field science exploration component and address a novel scientific, environmental, or historic question. In addition to demonstrating a spirit of exploration, candidates must put forward a project or research proposal that has a clear scientific rationale, represents original work, and has the potential for significant impact or new understanding. Fieldwork must be completed by February 28, 2018.

Eligibility Criteria include:

  • Students currently enrolled in a College / University undergraduate (Bachelor) or graduate (Master or Doctoral) degree program; or
  • Post-doctoral student within 2 years of their doctoral degree at the time of application; or
  • Young Explorers 35 years old or younger.
  • Awardees will be acknowledged at The Explorers Club Annual Dinner in March 2018, and will receive membership in The Explorers Club for the duration of their award.

Requirements of Grant Recipients:

  • Submission of a written report of research/field work
  • Presentation of research/field work in 3 separate community forums (eg: Church, School, or Community Center, etc.)
  • Presentation of research/field work during the Explorers Club Annual Dinner weekend
  • Creation of a 2 minute “in the field” video for The Rolex Explorer Grants website
  • Agree to give Rolex and The Explorers Club the rights to images and use of likeness
  • The Rolex Explorer Grants will begin accepting applications on May 10, 2017.

The deadline for submission will be 11:59 pm EDT, June 5, 2017.

To apply Register at:

Awardees will be notified by: June 16, 2017.

Written reports will be required to be submitted by February 28, 2018.

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About Author

Damien Siviero

Damien is a photographer and International Fellow of the Explorers Club. He's been the first to locate, identify and document various shipwrecks and marine eco-systems through-out the Asia-Pacific region. He also holds the Webmaster role for the ANZEC chapter. Damien's been directly involved in the discovery of the shipwrecks MV Fairwind, SS Federal, MV Limerick, ex-HMAS Pioneer and Andreas’ Wreck (SS Yamba). He's helped lead explroation dives on various deep reefs in the Coral Sea and GBR. An avid cave diver, Damien has also documented many Florida and Mexico cave system, publishing a variety of photographic and video content of the area. Based in Sydney, Damien's focus is on searching for new shipwrecks and photographing marine life in the region.

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