About the Program
An initial grant from National Geographic helped launch the careers of many of the Society’s, and our planet’s, most renowned explorers. We are committed—as we have been for more than a century—to supporting new generations of archaeologists, anthropologists, astronomers, conservationists, ecologists, geographers, geologists, marine scientists, adventurers, storytellers, and pioneers. Today, Young Explorers grants help cover field project costs for hard-working, passionate, creative individuals with great ideas. We focus on the disciplines we're known for, and also on emerging fields that matter most to understanding—and improving—the world we share.
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Young Explorers Grants offer opportunities to individuals ages 18 to 25 to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects consistent with National Geographic's existing grant programs.
Young Explorer Grant Projects
"This doesn't look good," says National Geographic Young Explorer Shayna Liberman. Young rivals are menacing a wild gelada monkey patriarch in Ethiopia, eager for control of his females and offspring. Hours pass, blood spills, and power changes hands.
With funding from National Geographic's Conservation Trust, Jonathan Kolby spotted and collected a frog that he had never seen before.
Andy Maser, a National Geographic Young Explorer, is tracking climate change where carbon emissions are low.
Tyler Lyson, a 25-year-old doctoral paleontology student at Yale University, discovered the dinosaur on his uncle's ranch in the Badlands in 1999. Using tiny brushes and chisels, workers picking at a big greenish-black rock in the basement of North Dakota's state museum are meticulously uncovering something amazing: a nearly complete dinosaur, skin and all.
National Geographic Society Young Explorers grantee and expedition leader Trevor Frost hopes to help build a case for making the cave system a protected UNESCO World Heritage site.
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