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Below is a checklist of what you will need as the project leader to prepare the proposal.
You can also download a sample application for each project focus area—, , , , or —to help you prepare. Please review the  or  you will sign if awarded funding.

You must apply using the  in the Grants Portal.  We do not accept mailed or emailed applications. All application materials must be in English.

We strongly suggest you type your responses into a word processing program and then copy and paste them into the application. The text fields in the online form do not allow formatting, so do not use bullets, bold, italics, or special characters.

Application Checklist

To prepare your proposal, you will need:

An Understanding of The Requirements

沙巴体育appBefore you apply, please read the details and requirements of the grant for which you are applying, as well as our eligibility information. You are expected to fully understand these details when you submit your application.

Read about Eligibility

A Primary Project Focus

沙巴体育appYou will need to indicate a primary project focus. If your project spans multiple focus areas or you have expertise in an additional focus area, you can indicate a secondary focus area. Not sure which category your project falls into? 

Take the Quiz

Download A Sample Application

You can download a sample application for each project focus as a reference to help you prepare your proposal. These documents are meant for people with intermittent access to the internet and are for preparation purposes only. When you are ready, visit the portal to submit a proposal through the online application system.

       
 
    

Application Tips and tricks

If you are considering applying for a National Geographic grant or are having trouble filling out your application, we encourage you to watch these videos for guidance.

Project Summary  

沙巴体育appThe Project Summary is the most important part of your proposal. This is where you explain the “what,” “why” and “how” of your project.

Goals and Objectives  

The Goals and Objectives section is where you describe your project’s goals, objectives, and map the results or output of your project to a realistic schedule.

Methodology  

沙巴体育appA strong Methodology section is the key to a successful grant application. This describes how you plan to achieve your project’s goals.

Dissemination and Distribution  

The Dissemination and Distribution section explains how you will share the results of your project once completed.

Budget  

A Budget should be a well-researched outline of the funds you need to execute your project.

A Curriculum Vitae or Resumé

We require you to submit a curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé, in English, with your application. A CV is an extended resumé that presents biographical data, educational background, employment history, and scientific or media publication history. Do not include social security numbers, bank details, or any other private information in these documents. 

沙巴体育appEarly Career Grant applicants may be asked to submit a two-minute video that will be used to help evaluate the proposal. You may speak in your primary language, but if that is not English, you MUST add English subtitles or attach an English video transcript.

A Budget

You must submit a budget with your proposal. National Geographic Society funds usually support travel (including for teams) and fieldwork (including equipment and supplies). Grant awards do not cover funding for scholarships, tuition, training courses, travel to conferences, study abroad programs, school living expenses, journal publication fees or internships. We do not provide funding for weapons or ammunition. A small amount of the requested budget can be allocated for lab work or analyses. 

Team Members and References

You will need to list the name, email address, project role, affiliate organization, highest degree earned, and country of primary residence for all members of your project team. If you plan to work outside of your home country, you must include at least one local collaborator on your project team.

Early Career Grant applicants need to include the name and contact information of one advisor, mentor, or supervisor. 


Start your Application

Begin your online application in the Grants Portal.


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