Explorers

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Building on National Geographic's legacy of supporting exploration worldwide for more than a century, the Global Exploration Fund establishes local support for Research, Conservation and Exploration projects tied to regional networks. The grantees and outcomes supported by the fund will benefit from National Geographic media and outreach with support from a scientific advisory committee, executive committee and regional partnerships.

The Global Exploration Fund - Northern Europe is open to residents of Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Ireland to work anywhere in the world. Applications can be submitted in three categories: Research, Conservation, and Exploration.


Research grants must have hypothesis-based scientific research as a primary focus and are awarded based on potential for new advances in field sciences. Conservation grants will be awarded for innovative and applied approaches to conservation issues with potential for global application. 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.

  • Photo: Børge Ousland pulls a kayak

    Exploration Grants

    The GEF - Northern Europe 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.

  • Photo: Two brown bears fighting

    Conservation Grants

    The GEF - Northern Europe 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.

  • Photo: Archaeology students looking for artifacts

    Research Grants

    The GEF - Northern Europe 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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    What We Fund

    By supporting anthropological projects, the National Geographic Society aims to contribute to our understanding of how and why human beings came to be where they are — both physically and culturally.