The National Geographic Society awards grants for scientific field research and exploration through its Committee for Research and Exploration. All proposed projects must have both a geographical dimension and relevance to other scientific fields and be of broad scientific interest. Applications are generally limited to the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology. In addition, the committee is emphasizing multidisciplinary projects that address environmental issues (e.g., loss of biodiversity and habitat, effects of human-population pressures).
Applicants are expected to have advanced degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) and be associated with an educational organization or institution. Independent researchers or those pursuing a Ph.D. may apply. Awards to applicants without Ph.D.s are rare. All applicants are expected to have published a minimum of three articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
The Committee for Research and Exploration accepts pre-applications throughout the year. Applicants should submit the pre-application at least 10 months prior to anticipated project dates. Within eight weeks, the committee will send a decision to the project director. If the pre-application is approved, the committee will send the project director an e-mail with a link to the full application online.
Committee for Research and Exploration
National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20090-8249