National Geographic

The National Geographic Society pushes the boundaries of exploration to further understanding of our planet and empower the global community to generate solutions for a healthier and more sustainable future.

We invest in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology. Our goal is to identify, cultivate, and develop the world-changers of today and tomorrow. Our grant recipients are—and have always been—the heart and soul of what we do.

When we award a grant, we're not just funding a project. We are also inviting a scientist, conservationist, educator, or storyteller to join a passionate community of like-minded, global leaders. These leaders are National Geographic Explorers.

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What Makes a National Geographic Explorer?

We are looking for people from around the world who are not afraid to take risks, think differently, and challenge themselves and others to push the boundaries of what is possible. Whether you are a scientist, storyteller, conservationist, or educator, you have the ability to reveal the amazing diversity and hidden complexities of our world, sharing ideas and information that can lead to important solutions.

National Geographic Explorers share a common set of values that guides them in their pursuit to better understand our planet and its critical interconnections. We expect our explorers to wield their collective power of science, exploration, education, and storytelling to change the world.


Why Become a National Geographic Explorer?

Since 1888, the National Geographic Society has been pushing boundaries to explore and document our world, supporting more than 12,500 grant projects along the way.

Today, the Earth is at a crossroads, and there is both an opportunity and a critical need to act now. We are working to increase global understanding of our planet and create a community of change, advancing key insights about the world and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time. All this to inspire solutions for the greater good.

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