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Our Explorers are changing the world

Our primary objectives are to further understanding of our planet and empower the global community to generate solutions for a healthier and more sustainable future.
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Our Grant Opportunities

We are currently offering Explorers a variety of funding opportunities
in the fields of conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology.

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Our History

Since awarding our first grant in 1890, we have been pushing the boundaries of exploration.


 

 

 

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We’ve been making discoveries—and making an impact—for 130 years. Now you can explore this fascinating history firsthand with a new, interactive timeline that takes you behind the scenes through rare video footage, photos, artifacts, and inside stories.

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Top Image (Enric Sala, Pristine Seas): manu san félix/National Geographic ; Fact Circles Image: Stephen Alvarez ; “Our Grant Opportunities” Image: BRENT STIRTON/GETTY IMAGES REPORTAGE FOR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORERS ; “Areas of Focus” Images: Michael Nichols/National Geographic (Wildlife), Matthieu Paley (Human Journey), KEITH LADZINSKI (Changing Planet)