The National Geographic Fellowship 2022-23 by Fulbright seeks individuals with a talent for and interest in storytelling.
About the Fellowship
The Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship, a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, provides opportunities for selected Fulbright US Student Study/Research grantees to participate in an academic year of storytelling on a globally significant theme.
For the 2022-2023 competition, the Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship will accept proposals to undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue as an enhancement to their Fulbright research or arts project.
The National Geographic Society’s focus areas are: Oceans, Land, Wildlife, Human History & Cultures, and Human Ingenuity.
Tips to Prepare
For Storytelling Proposal and Storytelling Portfolio:
Storytelling Proposal: This document of no more than one (1) page should outline how you would use storytelling techniques to expand upon your Fulbright study/research project proposal and deepen the impact of your project. Applicants should:
- explain why the story you seek to tell is timely and important;
- discuss how you are uniquely positioned to tell the story;
- briefly describe the anticipated audience for your project, including any diverse or underserved audiences in the United States and in your host country;
- explain how you intend to reach your target audience, both in the U.S. and globally, during and after their Fulbright grant period abroad;
- identify what impact telling your story would make.
- Projects that emphasize science, technology, and storytelling to help protect species-at-risk, better understand human history and culture, conserve some of our planet’s last wild places and build a more sustainable future are preferred. Project proposals that may be on other topics of interest to National Geographic (including but not limited to science, culture, and conservation) will also be accepted for review and may be selected
Storytelling Portfolio: Applicants must also include a one-page storytelling portfolio which links to work samples that demonstrate your ability to execute the current proposal. Accompanying each link must be a portfolio narrative which indicates why each sample was included, the context for developing each sample (i.e., class project) and your role in the production of each sample. Please provide a working link to a portfolio or the published work that you wish to share.
- Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health, etc.) and materials and reporting special allowance, Storytellers receive instruction in storytelling techniques, including effective blog writing, video production, photography, public speaking, and other relevant training by National Geographic staff prior to their departure.
- National Geographic also provides editorial mentorship for Fellows during their Fulbright grant period. Storytellers provide material for National Geographic Society’s Field Notes blog throughout their grant term and have the opportunity to pitch stories for other National Geographic platforms.
- Applications will be accepted for Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowships in any country to which there is an active Fulbright Open Study/Research Award.
- Fulbright-National Geographic Fellows must be selected for a Fulbright Study/Research Grant by the eligible country for which they applied and meet the criteria of the Fulbright Study/Research requirements of the host country.
- Candidates from all fields are encouraged to apply.
- Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience and talent in storytelling. Candidates must have completed at least an undergraduate degree by the commencement of the Fulbright award.
- While projects in all research areas are eligible, the National Geographic Society seeks storytellers (writers, photographers, filmmakers and other media) and researchers with a talent for and interest in storytelling.
- In the online application, indicate your intention to apply for the Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Award on the Program Information page, along with a brief (1750-character limit) abstract of your storytelling proposal.
- Submit the Proposal and Portfolio as separate one-page pdf documents in each upload field.
- The one-page storytelling portfolio must be uploaded as a pdf to the online application. Links should be permanently accessible, and no updates or edits are permitted after your application is submitted.
- All application materials, including academic transcripts and letters of recommendation, must be submitted through this link.
- Hard copy submissions will not be accepted.
- Applicants must select “Yes” to “Are you applying for the Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship?”
October 12, 2021
Click here to view the official notification for the Fulbright–National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship 2022-23