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Expeditions Council Grant – National Geographic

January 4, 2008


The National Geographic Expeditions Council (EC) is a grant program dedicated to funding exploration of largely unrecorded or little-known areas of the Earth, as well as regions undergoing significant environmental or cultural change. EC grants support a wide range of projects including marine research, archaeological discoveries, documentation of vanishing rain forests, first ascents, and more. Through these compelling stories we reinforce our mission to foster a deeper understanding of the world and its inhabitants.

The Expeditions Council consists of representatives from National Geographic editorial divisions who review and vote on grant applications, as well as an advisory board of external consultants. The program is editorially driven; thus, projects must have the potential for a compelling written and visual record in order for a grant to be awarded. Applications are also judged on qualifications of applicants and their teams, and on merit and uniqueness of the project.

Since its inception in 1998, the Expeditions Council has funded projects that span the entire spectrum of exploration and adventure.

International applicants are encouraged. However, submissions must be made in English if they are to receive timely consideration by the Expeditions Council.

Applicants are expected to have qualifications and experience pertinent to the expedition or project they propose, and advanced academic degrees are not required. Those planning work in countries other than their own should consider including at least one local collaborator as part of their expedition team.

Grant Amounts
Grants generally range from U.S. $5,000 to $35,000 and 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).

The Expeditions Council does not provide fees for photography, videography, and writing. Such fees are negotiated separately with editorial units.

In order to generate the best story, coverage of the expedition may be assigned to National Geographic photographers, writers, and film crews.

The Expeditions Council accepts pre-applications throughout the year. Please submit your pre-application at least six months before anticipated project dates.
Within eight weeks, the team leader will receive a decision. If the pre-application is approved, the council will send the team leader an email with a link to the full application online.

Fill out pre-application by going to the webpage below.


Read about the Human Origins Project which National Geographic have funded.

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