International Speleological Participation Grants

National Speleological Society

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Organizations Individuals

Funding uses: Research

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Grants are made in support of international speleological participation, as administered by the NSS International Secretary. The grants are funded from the International Support Fund, which was created with the revenue remaining after the Eighth International Congress of Speleology, hosted by the NSS in 1981 in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Grant applications may be submitted anytime, but should be made well in advance of the need. It usually takes several weeks to review an application, obtain a consensus of the grant committee, and award the check.

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


  • Project must have mutual benefit.
    • Project should be beneficial to both the NSS and foreign speleology.
  • The project should have potential to create of continuing channels for the exchange of speleological information and technique between the NSS and speleology in the participant's country.
  • The project must have scientific value and benefit. 
  • NSS member must accept principal responsibility of the applicant and the project while in the US.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member.


  • Grants are not awarded to NSS members to fund their own caving activities.