The National Geographic Society is accepting applications for editorially driven exploration and adventure projects through its Expeditions Council grants program.
To be considered for an Expeditions Council grant, the proposed project must have the potential to yield compelling stories and images. Applications are also judged on the qualifications of applicants and their teams, and on the project’s merit, uniqueness, and safety protocols.
While the Expeditions Council, which comprises representatives of National Geographic editorial divisions, funds a broad range of exploration and adventure, if a project is based on scientific inquiry, applicants must provide detailed methodology. In addition, all projects must adhere to applicable scientific or professional ethical standards, which are outlined in the grant application and are subject to scientific review. The council offers its grantees the opportunity to work effectively with National Geographic's many divisions. Grantees are therefore able to share the results of their expeditions with National Geographic's global audience.
Grants of up to $35,000 will be awarded to cover direct field expenses, including transportation, supplies, subsistence, and permit costs, as well as other related fees (e.g., interpreters, guides, and porters) tied to the project.
Applicants are expected to have qualifications and experience pertinent to the expedition or project they propose. Advanced academic degrees may be required, depending on the nature of the project. Those planning work in foreign countries (i.e., a country other than their own) must include at least one local collaborator as part of their expedition team. International applicants are encouraged; however, submissions must be made in English.
See the National Geographic Society website for complete program guidelines, profiles of previous grant recipients, and application instructions.