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Fellowship is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves by directly contributing to scientific knowledge in the field of geographical exploration or allied sciences. Such accomplishments usually are evidenced by scientific publications documenting fieldwork or explorations.

Application Requirements

Applications should be completed and returned to the Membership Committee together with all sponsoring letters and additional supporting materials. Processing will be completed only upon receipt of all materials under a single cover. It is the responsibility of the sponsor to see that an application is complete.

All applicants applying for Fellow status must provide two letters of sponsorship from current Club members or fellows in good standing.

Application Checklist

•  Completed application.
•  Letter of sponsorship from a current Club member or fellow in good standing.
•  Letter of co-sponsorship from a second current Club member or fellow in good standing.
•  Supporting materials, including documentation of scientific fieldwork and bibliography of scientific publications.
•  Photograph of applicant (preferred but not required).

Review of Application

After the complete application is received, the Membership Committee will review it for eligibility, as defined by Article VIII of The Explorers Club Bylaws. This committee will evaluate the applicant for admission to The Explorers Club and then, if accepted for admission, assign the category of membership. The Membership Committee, not the sponsoring member, decides which category of membership is assigned. The Membership Committee’s recommendations are submitted to the Board of Directors for final approval.


If an applicant is elected to membership, the Club will notify both the applicant and the sponsor. If an applicant is denied membership, only the sponsor will be notified. Annual dues and initiation fee are due forty-five days after initial notification. Dues will be pro-rated by half for all members accepted after June 30.

Completing the Application Form

You now have two options for completing the form. Use whichever option suits you best. Download and complete the form on your computer, send as an email attachment to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), then print out the hardcopy and send the hardcopy by postal mail to the Membership office, or download and print out the blank form, complete and send by postal mail to the Membership office.

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