National Geographic’s exploration grants

National Geographic’s exploration grants support exploration and adventure around the world and are approved by media experts looking for engaging stories and topics suitable for National Geographic media. The scientific advisory committee will give primary consideration to the reviews of representatives from National Geographic editorial divisions (magazines, television, books, etc.) along with the scientific and conservation merits, where applicable, of proposed projects.

Exploration grants are editorially driven; projects 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 merit and uniqueness of the project.

In addition to financial support, exploration grants offer grantees the opportunity to work effectively with National Geographic's many divisions. Grantees are therefore able to share the results of their projects with National Geographic's global audience.

In order to be considered for funding, the applicant must be a legal resident of Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, or Vietnam.
Submissions must be made in English if they are to receive timely consideration by the Committee for Science and Exploration in Asia.
Applicants are expected to have qualifications and experience pertinent to the expedition or project they propose, and advanced academic degrees are not required.
Applicants planning to work outside of Asia should include at least one local collaborator as part of their field team.
National Geographic also awards Young Explorers Grants (YEG) in this category. Follow the instructions below to apply.

Grant Amounts
While grant amounts vary greatly, the average award is U.S. $30,000. Funds are to be used for direct field expenses: transportation, supplies, subsistence, and permit costs as well as other related fees (e.g., interpreters, guides, and porters).

Exploration grants do not provide fees for media production costs, photography, videography, and writing. Such fees are negotiated separately with the editorial units at National Geographic.
In order to generate the best story, coverage of the expedition may be assigned to National Geographic photographers, writers, and film crews.

Grants funded by National Geographic are generally for up to one year's work in the field.

Grant Requirements
Grant recipients must provide a full accounting of their expenditures on completion of the project. They are also required to submit a report summarizing their findings within two months of returning from the field.

National Geographic requires that grant recipients give right of first refusal for coverage to National Geographic magazine, National Geographic Television, National Geographic Entertainment, and all other publication and broadcast media of the National Geographic Society and its subsidiaries. This right specifically includes books, all other National Geographic Society magazines, lectures, exhibits, our website, and other electronic media, as well as publicity about the project.

Grant Restrictions
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, legal actions, land acquisition, endowments, construction of permanent field stations, or publishing research results. Grant recipients are expected to provide the National Geographic Society with rights of first refusal for popular publication of their findings.

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