The Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research Grants

American Philosophical Society

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Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Next anticipated deadline: Nov 8, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Nov 11, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: PhD Student

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

Location of citizenship: United States

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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 archaeology, anthropology, biology, ecology, geography, geology, linguistics, paleontology, and population genetics, but grants will not be restricted to these fields.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible applicants:
    • Grants will be available to doctoral students. 
    • Applicants who have previously received a Lewis and Clark Fund grant may reapply after an interval of two years.
    • 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.
  • Eligible projects:
    • The proposed work should be dissertation directed to the extent possible given the applicant’s year in the doctoral program.
  • Eligible costs:
    • Budgets should be limited to travel and related expenses, including personal field equipment.


  • Preference is given to applicants who have not yet been granted an award from the Fund.


  • Postdoctoral fellows, master’s degree candidates, and undergraduates are not eligible.
  • Proposals that are archival in nature or museum based will not normally be considered.