International Speleological Participation Grants

Grants are made in support of international speleological participation, as administered by the NSS International Secretary. Review of written applications is made by a 3-person committee consisting of the International Secretary, the Chairman of the Research Advisory Committee and the President of the National Speleological Society. 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.

Application Information

Please follow the outline below to apply for a grant available under the International Participation Program of the National Speleological Society.

The selection criteria for a grant are:

  1. Mutual benefit - the degree to which the project would be beneficial to both the NSS and foreign speleology.
  2. Durable linkages - the potential creation of continuing channels for the exchange of speleological information and technique between the NSS and speleology in the participant's country.
  3. Speleological merit - the scientific benefit and value of the proposed project.
  4. Provide the following information (as applicable) via email, fax or mail:
  • Name, address and telephone number of the principal applicant.
  • Speleological affiliation, position and qualifications of applicant.
  • Professional occupation.
  • Will the project be carried out in association with any institution, university, organization or other agency? Describe.
  • Describe the proposed speleological project and its objectives.
  • Describe how the project will benefit the NSS (under the selection criteria above).
  • Will co-venturers accompany the principal applicant? List names, addresses and affiliations.
  • Name, address, phone, and email of the NSS member who will accept principal responsibility of the applicant and the project while in the US. Provide names of other NSS members who are cooperating in this project.
  • Tentative itinerary, giving dates and places to be visited, together with contacts at each location.
  • Does applicant agree to submit written report on the project to International Secretary within 6 months of awarding of grant by NSS? A report on the results of the International participation may be published in an NSS and/or International Congress of Speleology publication.
  • Sign (except email) and date the completed application

Submit your grant application letter to:

John L. Moses
NSS International Secretary
3221 Mountain Walk Dr.
El Paso TX 79904 USA
Tel. 915-755-7716
Fax 915-781-2339

Applicants will be advised of the decision of the selection committee.