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Preparing Your Proposal

Here is what you will need in order to complete your proposal.

National Geographic grantee Martin Edström uses 360-degree photography to help preserve the world's largest known cave, Son Doong, in Vietnam.

Photograph by Martin Edstrom

Below is a checklist of what you will need as the project leader to prepare the proposal.
You can also download a sample application to help you prepare.

You must apply using the online application in the Grants Portal.  We do not accept mailed or emailed applications. All application materials must be in English.

We strongly suggest you type your responses into a word processing program and then copy and paste them into the application. The text fields in the online form do not allow formatting, so do not use bullets, bold, italics, or special characters.

Application Checklist

To prepare your proposal, you will need:

An Understanding of The Requirements

Before you apply, please read the details and requirements of the grant for which you are applying, as well as our eligibility information. You are expected to fully understand these details when you submit your application.

Read about Eligibility

A Primary Project Focus

You will need to indicate a primary project focus—conservation, education, research, storytelling, or technology. If your project spans multiple focus areas or you have expertise in an additional focus area, you can indicate a secondary focus area.
Not sure which category your project falls into? 

Take the Quiz

A Curriculum Vitae or Resumé

We require you to submit a curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé, in English, with your application. A CV is an extended resumé that presents biographical data, educational background, employment history, and scientific or media publication history. Do not include social security numbers, bank details, or any other private information in these documents.

 

A Budget

You must submit a budget with your proposal. National Geographic Society funds usually support travel (including for teams) and fieldwork (including equipment and supplies). Grant awards do not cover funding for scholarships, tuition, training courses, travel to conferences, study abroad programs, school living expenses, journal publication fees or internships. A small amount of the requested budget can be allocated for lab work or analyses. 

Review Budget Guidelines

Team Members and References

You will need to list the name, email address, project role, affiliate organization, highest degree earned, and country of primary residence for all members of your project team. If you plan to work outside of your home country, you must include at least one local collaborator on your project team.

Early Career Grant applicants need to include the name and contact information of one advisor, mentor, or supervisor. 


Start your Application

Begin your online application in the Grants Portal.

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