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Grants to USA Graduate Students and Scientists for Research Projects in the Field of Astrobiology

Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology

GrantWatch ID# 200691
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
American Philosophical Society
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Important Dates
Deadline: 02/15/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to USA graduate students and postdoctoral and junior scientists for research projects in the field of astrobiology. Funding may be used for research-related expenses, travel, and personal field equipment. Funding is intended for field studies in any area of interest to astrobiology.

Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life on Earth and in the universe. It encompasses research in, among others, the fields of astronomy, chemistry, evolutionary biology, field and population biology, geology, microbiology, molecular biology, oceanography, paleontology, and planetary science. Astrobiology includes investigations of the geologic and fossil record to understand the conditions of the early Earth when life arose. Its scope also includes research of contemporary locations on Earth that might be similar to early earth and to environments elsewhere in the Solar System (such as on Mars, Europa, and Titan), which may be, or have been in the past, suitable for life. Astrobiology is also about understanding the characteristics of life, which requires investigations into extreme natural environments on Earth and, eventually, elsewhere.


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grants will be available to graduate students and postdoctoral and junior scientists who wish to participate in field studies for their theses or for other purposes. Eligibility for applicants with doctorates is limited to those five years or fewer beyond their Ph.D. or equivalent degree, although, rarely, exceptions may be made. A graduate student applicant should ask his or her academic supervisor or field trip leader to write one of the two letters of recommendation, specifying the role of the student in the field trip and the educational contribution of the trip.

The competition is open to U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and foreign nationals formally affiliated with a U.S.-based institution, who may carry out research anywhere in the world. Applicants from outside of the United States and U.S citizens affiliated with foreign institutions may not apply. Both members and non-members of NAI are eligible.

Pre-Application Information
- Deadline: February 15, 2023
- Notification: May 2023, for work to begin in June or later

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

Contact Information
The completed application should be submitted as an e-mail attachment to

Download the referee letter form, forward it to your letter writers, notify them of the deadline, and instruct them to send the completed form to; confirm with them that the letters have been sent in time.

Questions concerning the eligibility of a project, applicant, or use of funds, as well as requests to confirm receipt of the application and required two letters of support, should be directed to Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, at, or 215-440-3429.

American Philosophical Society
104 South Fifth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-440-3400

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