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Current Grant Opportunities

The National Geographic Society currently offers three types of grant applications—Early Career, Exploration, and Requests for Proposals.

National Geographic Explorer Innocent Mburanumwe is a veteran conservation ranger and mountain gorilla expert in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

National Geographic Explorer Innocent Mburanumwe is a veteran conservation ranger and mountain gorilla expert in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Photograph by Brent Stirton/Getty Images reportage for National Geographic Explorers

All proposed projects should be bold, innovative, and potentially transformative and have a primary focus in conservation, education, research, storytelling, or technology. Projects should also align to one of our three focus areas. 

We do not usually consider applications that support strictly laboratory or collections work. Grants are awarded on the basis of merit and exist independent of the Society's other divisions. Please note that this is a highly competitive grant program; we receive many more applications than we are able to fund.

We are currently accepting applications for all grant types until July 10, 2018.

Project start dates should be a minimum of six months after the submission deadline to ensure any awarded funds are received in time. Learn more about our review process and timelines. 

Early Career Grant

Early Career Grants are designed to offer less experienced individuals an opportunity to lead a project.

Grants 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.

If you have previously received an Early Career Grant or a Young Explorers Grant from National Geographic, you may submit a new proposal after you have closed your previous grant record.

Visit our How to Apply section to learn more about eligibility requirements and how to prepare your proposal.

 

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Exploration Grant

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.

Grants are typically funded for between US $10,000 and US $30,000.

Visit our How to Apply section to learn more about eligibility requirements and how to prepare your proposal.

 

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Requests 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) listed below.

Visit our How to Apply section to learn more about eligibility requirements and how to prepare your proposal.

 

Documenting Human Migrations

We seek proposals from around the world that use storytelling and education to inspire empathy and action from citizens of all ages and policy-makers around migrant and refugee communities.


Species Recovery

We seek proposals from around the world that will implement IUCN SSC Species Action Plans as well as conservation actions that are endorsed by the relevant IUCN SSC Species Specialist Group.


Big Cats Conservation

We seek proposals for field-based, action-oriented, and direct conservation efforts to halt the decline of the world’s big cats.


Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution

We seek proposals from around the world that aim to reduce plastic pollution before it reaches the ocean, using innovative solutions that have the potential to scale.


Making the Case for Nature

We seek proposals from around the world to advance the field of science communication by determining effective ways to market nature and inspire action.


Participatory Science

We seek proposals from around the world that will engage learners and avocational researchers in citizen science activities to address real world problems, strengthen science literacy skills, and lead to actions in science and conservation.


Conservation Technologies

We seek proposals from around the world that will advance breakthrough technologies to scale National Geographic’s efforts to explore, visualize, understand, and ultimately protect the planet.