Mount Everest Foundation Grant

Mount Everest Foundation

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Grant amount: Approximately £60,000

Next anticipated deadline: Sep 30, 2020

Later anticipated deadlines: Jan 31, 2021

Applicant type: Unaffiliated Researcher Postdoctoral Researcher Working Professional Faculty Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: New Zealand, United Kingdom

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The MEF is a Registered Charity. Its aims are to encourage and support expeditions exploring mountain regions, and both education and research pertaining to a wide range of subjects in mountain areas, including geography, glaciology and the effects of altitude. Unless an expedition has research as its primary objective, it must have a strong exploratory element to be deemed eligible for support.

As the MEF does not normally expect to provide more than a minor part of an expedition’s finances, organisers of large and expensive expeditions should be aware that the MEF has limited resources. Expeditions should therefore be able to show that a large proportion of the estimated budget will be raised elsewhere, and that personal contributions are of a sufficient size

Since 1991 the Foundation has also awarded the Alison Chadwick Memorial Grant to deserving female expeditions or individual climbers applying for MEF support. Applicants should use the standard MEF application form (MEF-F), and their eligibility will be considered automatically during the screening process.

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


  • Normally, the MEF will only support expeditions where the majority of members come from Great Britain or New Zealand.


  • Expeditions planning geographical exploration, first ascents of, or major new routes on high or remote mountains are likely to qualify. 
  • Applications from expeditions proposing to visit little-explored or formerly inaccessible areas are particularly encouraged,  as are those pursuing worthwhile research.


  • The MEF does not normally support scientific work that is part of an individual’s undergraduate degree course.
  • No grant can be awarded to an MEF Trustee.
    • However, an expedition that includes one or more MEF Trustees can apply for and be awarded a grant on the clear understanding that the grant must benefit only the other members of the team.
    • The Trustee(s) must sign a statement confirming that no personal benefit was gained from the MEF grant.
  • Although applications may be considered from expeditions that have left their country of origin prior to the date of the interview, no expedition that has already returned home can be considered.