National Geographic Society grants for research and exploration

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