National Geographic Supports Local Explorers in Asia

Since 1888, National Geographic has awarded grants that have sent thousands of the world’s greatest explorers on groundbreaking journeys of discovery. The findings and imagery they brought back have educated us, inspired us and changed the world.

The National Geographic Foundation for Science and Exploration - Asia supports scientists, conservationists and explorers throughout Asia through its regional, peer-reviewed grant program.

Since its founding, National Geographic has supported more than 11,000 expeditions around the world, ranging from Jane Goodall’s groundbreaking study of chimpanzees to Albert Lin's work merging remote exploration with crowd-sourced citizen science to locate the tomb of Genghis Khan. By supporting a wide array of projects at the cutting edge of technology and research, National Geographic is making pioneering breakthroughs and extraordinary discoveries that create inspiring stories.

The grant program in Asia is open to 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 to work anywhere in the world. Applications can be submitted in three categories: Research, Conservation, and Exploration.

Young Explorers Grants (YEG) are also awarded through this grant program. These grants offer opportunities to individuals ages 18 through 28 to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects consistent with categories below. This age range applies only to Asia Young Explorer Grants. Please disregard the 18-25 age range on our official Young Explorer Grant webpage.

Find out more about YEG grants.

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    Conservation Grants

    National Geographic’s conservation grants support both efforts in the field and public-education campaigns that inform individuals about global issues, connect conservation issues to daily life, and enable people to take action.

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    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.

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    Research Grants

    National Geographic’s research grants must have hypothesis-based scientific research as a primary focus and are awarded based on potential for new advances in field sciences.


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