National Geographic is working to increase global understanding of our planet and create a community of change by advancing key insights about the world and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time.
National Geographic Society–funded projects should be bold, innovative, and transformative. All proposed projects must be novel and exploratory and align to the mission and focus areas.
- Human Journey
- Changing Planet
National Geographic invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology. Their goal is to identify, cultivate, and develop the changemakers and solutions of today and tomorrow.
The National Geographic Society currently offers three types of grant applications—Early Career, Exploration, and Requests for Proposals.
Early Career Grants
Early Career Grants are designed to offer less experienced individuals an opportunity to lead a project.
Grant projects last one calendar year or less. If you apply for more than one year of funding, your proposal will be sent back to you to revise and resubmit for the next deadline. Projects are typically funded for US $5,000 and cannot exceed US $10,000.
There is no maximum age limit for Early Career Grant applicants. However, applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of application submission. Applicants are not required to have an advanced degree. Anyone with more than five years of professional experience in the field of their project focus does not qualify for an Early Career Grant and should apply for an Exploration Grant instead.
An Exploration Grant application is a request for funding by an experienced project leader in the areas of conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology. The applicant and his or her team members are expected to demonstrate successful completion of similar projects with measurable and/or tangible results.
If you have received a grant from National Geographic in the past, you may submit a new proposal after you have closed your previous grant record.
Grant projects last one calendar year or less. If you apply for more than one year of funding, your proposal will be sent back to you to revise and resubmit for the next deadline. Projects are typically funded for between US $10,000 and US $30,000.
Request for Proposals
As part of supporting a planet in balance, National Geographic offers Exploration grants that concentrate on certain key issues. Applicants may propose projects focused in conservation, education, research, storytelling, or technology in response to the special Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Details are available in the official link below.
How to apply
Visit the official website and click on the Apply/Log in Link.
The last date to apply for grants is January 9, 2019.
National Geographic Society, Grant Programs
1145 17th Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036-4688
For full details, visit the official website by clicking here.