Sunday, December 18, 2016

National Geographic Young Explorer Grants Spring 2017

For more than 125 years, the National Geographic Society has been awarding grants to talented, innovative individuals working on research, conservation and exploration projects around the world. As you may know, in July 2015, we launched a new grant program across Asia. Watch this video to find out more about this fund. We are delighted to share that our first rounds of grant reviews, held in November 2015, May 2016, and November 2016 resulted in the support of 65 projects, with 27 projects supporting Young Explorers (ages 18-28*).  

We are now preparing for our Spring 2017 review and would like your help in attracting qualified applicants to our program. Applications can be submitted in three different categories: Research, Conservation, and Exploration. Additionally there are opportunities for Young Explorers Grants within each category. If you’re interested in applying to us for funding or know of colleagues or friends who might be interested in applying, please go to our website for more information. 

Grants will support legal residents of Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam working in the natural, social and physical sciences, as well as photography, journalism and education. We especially encourage multi-disciplinary and international collaboration to arrive at cross-cutting, multi-perspective, and regional solutions.

The program will award professional grants averaging USD 30,000 and Young Explorers Grants for aspiring professionals of up to USD 5,000 for field research, conservation and exploration projects, including those that investigate unproven approaches. A committee comprised of experts from around the world will evaluate the grant proposals.

We are currently accepting applications online, and we encourage you to share this information with your colleagues, students and greater network. National Geographic is excited to be supporting science, conservation, education and storytelling in the region, and we hope you or your colleagues will consider applying for a grant.  Please note the deadline for application submission for Spring 2017 is December 31, 2016. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis with additional deadlines of March 31 and July 31 for consideration for funding in 2017.

Additional information about National Geographic Science and Exploration in Asia and how to apply for a grant is available at

Please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions.

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