National Geographic Early Career Grants

An Early Career Grant application is a request for funding that offers less experienced individuals an opportunity to lead a project. Applicants are not required to have an advanced degree; those with a Ph.D. or equivalent work experience should apply for a Standard Grant, unless you can demonstrate that this grant will enable your first experience leading a project in your chosen field. Applications should be submitted at least four months before the project start date. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and decisions are released within four months.

Projects are required to align to the three focus areas: The Human Journey; Wildlife and Wild Places; Our Changing Planet.


Eligibility: Applicants planning to work outside of their home country should include at least one local collaborator on their team. The Committee will not usually consider applications that support strictly laboratory or collections work. Grants are awarded on the basis of merit and exist independent of the Society's other divisions. If you have more than five years of full-time, professional experience in the field of your project focus, you do not qualify for an Early Career Grant




*IMPORTANT: Before you apply, please read the details and requirements of the grant for which you are applying, as well as the agency's eligibility information. You are expected to fully understand these details when you submit your application.

*SFU signature sheet and copy of full application are due to no later than 3 business days before agency deadline. Overhead is 0%. Applicants (not ORS) submit directly to agency via online portal.

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