National Geographic Society Call for Applications for Early Career Grant


Deadline: 10 July 2019

The National Geographic Society is inviting applications for ‘Early Career Grant’ which is designed to offer less experienced individuals an opportunity to lead a project.

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The National Geographic Society is currently offering Explorers a variety of funding opportunities in the fields of conservation, education, research, storytelling, or technology. All proposed projects must be novel and exploratory, and be of broad interest. National Geographic Society grant-funded projects should be bold, innovative, and transformative.

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  • Wildlife: It includes species-focused projects and the local evolutionary and ecological processes that sustain them. This area of focus supports projects that seek to discover and identify species and ecosystems and to mitigate threats to Earth’s life forms.
  • Human Journey: Focused on learning more about who they are and what their future will be on this planet. It supports projects in a range of fields that are helping us understand the origins and development of their species.
  • Changing Planet: Focus on their Earth’s dynamic terrestrial, marine, and freshwater ecosystems. These are the foundations of life on the planet, yet are increasingly threatened by exploitation, mismanagement, and climate change.

Funding Information

Projects are typically funded for US $5,000 and cannot exceed US $10,000.

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Project Focuses

  • conservation,
  • education,
  • research,
  • storytelling, or
  • technology.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The society encourage applications from around the world. If applicants are planning to work outside of their home country or community, applicant must include the name and contact information for at least one local collaborator as a project team member in the application.
  • 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.
  • They 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.
  • 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 applicants have previously received an Early Career Grant or a Young Explorers Grant from National Geographic, applicants may submit a new proposal after applicant have closed their previous grant record.
  • Applicants must also submit a two-minute video that will be used to help evaluate the proposal.
  • Please Note: Applicants’ project does not take place in, nor they are a citizens of any restricted countries (mainland China or any comprehensive OFAC-sanctioned countries–North Korea, Cuba, Iran, Syria, southern Sudan, and the Crimea region controlled by Russia).

How to Apply

  • All applications must be submitted through their online application system.
  • All application materials must be submitted in English.

For more information, please visit https://www.nationalgeographic.org/funding-opportunities/grants/what-we-fund/

  • Avatar Joshua Affadzie says:

    i am a young guy i just came out of polytechnic and am enticed to start a vocational school to support my people in my region and my country to help the needy and the school dropout but i need assistant and i have tried all means but am not getting so if you can do me some favour please

    • Avatar Priyanka says:

      Hi Joshua Affadzie,

      FundsforNGOs is a social enterprise that provides fundraising guides, resources, and the latest funding opportunities to help you fundraise better and secure grant funding. We are not a funding organization and we do not provide grants.

      You can find more good opportunities and programmes at https://www.fundsforngos.org/

      Thank you!

  • Avatar Ronald Mwanza says:

    I am a Zambian with diploma in teaching and I would will be very grad to be assisted with funds in order to support a lot of children who have been dropping of school due to high poverty level and long distances to access school. Please guide me on how I can assess the funds.

    • Avatar Reena says:

      Hi Ronald Mwanza,

      FundsforNGOs is a social enterprise that provides fundraising guides, resources, and the latest funding opportunities to help you fundraise better and secure grant funding. We are not a funding organization and we do not provide grants.

      Thank you!

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