The Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship, a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, provides opportunities for selected Fulbright US Student grantees to participate in an academic year of storytelling on a globally significant theme. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society.
Annually, the Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship will accept proposals to undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue as an enhancement to their Fulbright research or arts project. Utilizing a variety of storytelling tools—including, but not limited to text, photography, video, audio/podcasts, public speaking, maps, and graphic illustrations - Storytellers have the opportunity to share their stories, and the stories of those they meet, through National Geographic and social media platforms.
The National Geographic Society supports research, exploration, and conservation throughout the globe with a focus on projects that emphasize science, technology, and storytelling to help protect species-at-risk, better understand human history and culture, and conserve some of our planet’s last wild places.
The Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship seeks researchers with a talent for and interest in storytelling. This application cycle, National Geographic has expressed a strong interest in project focused on Oceans and Water, with a particular interest in plastics, community coastal and fishery management, and biodiversity. Project proposals on other topics of interest (including but not limited to science, culture, and conservation) will also be accepted for review and may be selected.
Applications will be accepted for Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowships in any country to which there is an active Fulbright Open Study/Research Award with the exception of China.
Fulbright-National Geographic Fellows must be selected for a Fulbright Study/Research Grant by the eligible country for which they applied and meet the criteria of the Fulbright Study/Research requirements of the host country.
Candidates from all fields are encouraged to apply.
Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience and talent in storytelling. Candidates must have completed at least an undergraduate degree by the commencement of the Fulbright award.
Period of Study
Consistent with other components of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Fellowships will be awarded for an academic year, beginning in the Fall and finishing in the late Spring or early Summer.
There are many definitions of Storytelling. For the purpose of the Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship, it describes the practice of using tools to tell a story. Storytellers may produce stories that may utilize or combine text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, etc. for the purpose of producing content suitable for National Geographic online platforms and social media. Their stories may also be disseminated through National Geographic Society and Department of State online platforms and associated social networking sites. National Geographic will provide training for participants and National Geographic editors will mentor and support Storytellers as they produce stories throughout their grant period. Applicants should highlight their experience with storytelling as it relates to their proposed project and need not be an expert in multiple digital mediums to be selected.
In addition to receiving standard Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health, etc.) and a materials and reporting special allowance, Storytellers receive instruction in storytelling techniques, including effective blog writing, video production, photography, public speaking, and other relevant training by National Geographic staff prior to their departure. National Geographic also provide editorial mentorship for Fellows during their Fulbright grant period. Storytellers provide material for National Geographic’s Explorers blog on a frequent and ongoing basis throughout their grant term.
All applicants for the Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship are required to submit an application electronically to the Institute of International Education. See Fulbright-National Geographic Application Components.
Applicants for the National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship should meet all deadlines for the Fulbright US Student program.
Please be aware that in order to receive institutional endorsement, you must meet all three GW deadlines.
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