American Philosophical Society —
Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration
and Field Research

Note to PIs: The following program summary is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It does not replace the sponsor’s actual funding opportunity announcement. Always review the most recent version of the sponsor’s full announcement to verify that the deadline has not changed and to identify the most current program requirements.

About the fund

The Lewis and Clark Fund encourages exploratory field studies for the collection of specimens and data and to provide the imaginative stimulus that accompanies direct observation.

Applications are invited from disciplines with a large dependence on field studies, such as archeology, anthropology, biology, ecology, geography, geology, linguistics, paleontology, and population genetics, but grants will not be restricted to these fields.

Graduate students and postdoctoral and junior scientists wishing to pursue projects in astrobiological field studies should consult the program description and application forms for the Lewis and Clark Fund in Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology.


  • The competition is open to U.S. citizens and residents wishing to carry out research anywhere in the world.
  • Foreign applicants must either be based at a U.S. institution or plan to carry out their work in the United States.
  • Grants are available only to doctoral students. Postdoctoral fellows, master’s degree candidates, and undergraduates are not eligible.

Award amount

Amounts will depend on travel costs but will ordinarily be in the range of several hundred dollars up to about $5,000.

Award period

Varies; dependent on dates of travel.

Application deadline

Letters of support: November 12, 2020.

Application: November 16, 2020.

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Last updated: July 2021.