ExplorersBe An Explorer

Critical Work in Research, Conservation, Exploration, and Education

Since 1888, National Geographic has supported exploration and discovery, bringing gems like Machu Picchu, undersea wonders, and new species to light. Our programs in field-based research, conservation, exploration, and education continue to provide the world with scientific breakthroughs and discoveries that inspire people everywhere to care about our planet. Today, a new generation of National Geographic explorers are redefining exploration. Become a part of this exciting generation by applying for one of the grants below.

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    The Committee for Research and Exploration provides research grants focused on cultivating scientists, explorers, and conservationists.

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    Media-Driven Storytelling

    The Expeditions Council funds exploration of little-known areas of the world, as well as regions undergoing significant environmental or cultural change.

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    Grants in Northern Europe

    The Global Exploration Fund provides local support for European researchers, conservationists, and explorers doing work anywhere in the world.

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    Grants in Asia

    The National Geographic Foundation for Science and Exploration-Asia supports local scientists, conservationists, and explorers from Asia doing work anywhere in the world.

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    Conservation in China

    The Air and Water Conservation Fund supports innovative solutions to water and air quality issues in China.

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    The Next Generation

    The Young Explorers Grants Program awards grants to scientists and explorers between the ages of 18 and 25.

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    Energy Solutions

    The Great Energy Challenge supports entrepreneurs working toward global energy solutions as a response to energy resource constraints, environmental limitations, and climate change.

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    Applied Conservation

    The Conservation Trust supports projects of global importance, emphasizing practical conservation solutions.

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    Exploratory Fieldwork

    National Geographic/Waitt Grants provide funding for exploratory fieldwork that holds promise for breakthroughs in the natural and social sciences.

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    Saving Big Cats

    The Big Cats Initiative brings several National Geographic divisions together in the fight to save lions, leopards, cheetahs, and other big cats.

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    Revitalization Projects

    The Genographic Legacy Fund aids indigenous and traditional peoples by supporting revitalization projects that raise global awareness about cultural loss.

Explorer Programs

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    Emerging Explorers

    These inspiring scientists, conservationists, storytellers, and innovators are already making a difference early in their careers.

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