The National Geographic Society awards grants for scientific field research and exploration through its Committee for Research and Exploration. All proposed projects must have both a geographical dimension and relevance to other scientific fields and be of broad scientific interest.
Applications are generally limited to the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology.
In addition the committee is emphasizing multidisciplinary projects that address environmental issues (e.g., loss of biodiversity and habitat, effects of human-population pressures).
This grant program does not pay educational tuition, nor does it offer scholarships or fellowships of any kind.
Step 1: Pre-Application
Before receiving an application form, each project director must submit a pre-application form online. There are a few things you should know before doing so:
- 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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- This system works best on Internet Explorer 5.5 and Netscape 6.0 or higher.
- If you have any questions about the online pre-application form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Committee for Research and Exploration accepts pre-applications throughout the year. Please submit your pre-application at least ten months prior to anticipated project dates.
Within eight weeks, the committee will send a decision to the project director. If the pre-application is approved, the committee will send the project director an email with a link to the full application online.
If you are a resident of Northern Europe please apply to the Global Exploration Fund. Find out more and submit an application here.
Step 2: Application
After receiving the application, the project director must complete and submit his or her application online. There are a few things he or she should know before doing so:
- The Committee for Research and Exploration accepts applications throughout the year. However, please allow eight months from the committee's receipt of your application for the committee to formally review and consider it.
- Previous grantees must first comply with all prior reporting and financial-accounting obligations before submitting applications for additional support.
- Grants funded by the committee are generally for one year's work in the field and laboratory.
We strongly encourage electronic submission of all documents. If this is not possible, please submit your information to the following address:
Committee for Research and Exploration
National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20090-8249