Enhancing our efforts to foster the next generation of researchers,
explorers, and conservationists, National Geographic now provides seed
grants to individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 in the fields we have
a rich history of supporting. Young Explorers grants provide the
opportunity for many recipients to pursue their first experiences in the
Young Explorers Grants (YEG) offer opportunities to individuals between
the ages of 18 and 25 to pursue research, conservation, and
exploration-related projects consistent with National Geographic's
existing grant programs, including: the Committee for Research and
Exploration (CRE), the Expeditions Council (EC), and the Conservation
The Young Explorers Grants Program supports a variety of projects—and an
age-range of applicants—that are generally not covered by other sources of
Applicants are not required to have advanced degrees. However, a record of
prior experience in the fields of research, conservation, or exploration
should be submitted as it pertains to the proposed project.
Funding is not restricted to United States citizens—foreign nationals are
invited to apply. Researchers planning work in countries abroad should
make great effort to include at least one local collaborator as part of
Where Should I Apply?
The Committee for Research and Exploration funds hypothesis-based
scientific research. Consult the CRE website for more information on the
fields of research funded.
The Conservation Trust funds innovative and applied approaches to
conservation with potential for global application. Consult the CT website
for more information on the types of projects funded.
The Expeditions Council funds exploration and adventure around the world.
Consult the EC website for more information on the types of programs
Young Explorers Grants vary in amount depending on significance of the
project, though most range between US $2,000 and $5,000. National
Geographic Society funds often serve as complementary support—thus the
program encourages applicants to seek additional, concurrent funding from
National Geographic Society grants may not be used for indirect costs,
overhead, and other expenses not directly related to the project. Fringe
benefits are also excluded, as are salaries.
Funds may not be used for travel to scientific/professional meetings or
conferences, tuition, vacations, study abroad programs, volunteer
activities, legal actions, land acquisition, endowments, construction of
permanent field stations, or publication of research results.
Grant recipients are expected to provide the National Geographic Society
with rights of first refusal for popular publication and other media
coverage of their findings.
Obtaining an Application Form
Applying for a Young Explorers Grant is a two-step process.
First, you must submit a pre-application form online. If your
pre-application is approved, you will be sent an email with a link and a
password giving you access to our full application online.
Before you submit a pre-application, there are a few things you should
take into consideration:
* The pre-application form can be completed in multiple sessions. You
will be allowed to save your work and complete it at another time.
* You will be asked to upload an electronic copy of your curriculum
vitae (CV) while completing the form. Instructions will be provided.
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* If you have any questions about the online pre-application form,
consult our Frequently Asked Questions.
* If you don't find the answer to your question, Please email the
question to the fund you are applying to: firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember to
include Young Explorers Grant in the subject line.
The Young Explorers Grants Program accepts pre-applications
throughout the year. Please submit your pre-application at least
eight months prior to your field dates, at least six months for the
Expeditions Council. If your application is approved—a decision
which takes about eight weeks—the relevant grant program will send
you an email with a link to the full application online. The names
of three academic or professional references and a curriculum vitae
are to be included with the full application.
Fill out YEG pre-application for Committee for Research and
Access your saved CRE pre-application form.
Fill out YEG pre-application for Expeditions Council (EC).
Access your saved EC pre-application form.
Fill out YEG pre-application for Conservation Trust (CT).
Access your saved CT pre-application form.