- Our Grants program is now accepting applications. All applications are due by November 18, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
National Geographic is the home of the Explorer. Since our founding in 1888, the National Geographic Society has awarded more than 15,000 grants to Explorers across all seven continents. National Geographic Explorers are the extraordinary changemakers who receive funding from the Society to support our mission to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world. They are best and brightest scientists, conservationists, innovators, educators, and storytellers who are pushing the boundaries of knowledge, uncovering the mysteries of the natural and cultural worlds, and strengthening our connection to them and one another. Collectively, they represent more than 140 countries and their work is advancing positive impact and transformative change for our planet.
In addition to funding/grants, we provide Explorers with a rich engagement and support structure. We equip them with cutting-edge tools, technology, and training as well as professional development, leadership, and amplification opportunities. We cultivate strong connections with Explorers and other experts in our community. By lifting up our Explorers, we help to further their momentum and accelerate their impact.
Become a National Geographic Explorer
National Geographic offers several grant opportunities, with various entry points, to provide a dynamic pathway to join our community and engage with us — whether a budding Explorer or a luminary in the field. Each opportunity has unique criteria and benefits to ensure that our Explorers receive support and funding aligned to their specific needs and goals. A small number of grants are open to individuals beginning their National Geographic journey as well those who are working on more advanced projects. The majority of our funding opportunities follow a closed application process and are available by invitation or nomination only.
More Information for Grant Seekers
We recommend reviewing the following information before applying for funding.
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