National Geographic Society Grants

Whether you are an aspiring Explorer or already a luminary in the field, each opportunity has unique criteria and benefits to ensure that our Explorers receive support and funding aligned to their specific needs and goals. Each year, a small number of grants are awarded to individuals who are just beginning their National Geographic journey, as well as those who are working on more advanced projects.

The National Geographic Society warmly welcomes and encourages applicants from historically and currently underrepresented and underserved populations to apply. National Geographic is committed to funding a diverse and globally representative cohort of Explorers. The National Geographic Society does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, or disability.

In 2023, the National Geographic Society is launching a rigorous global effort to find three (3) of the best scientists doing field research on animal behavior and cognition.

If selected, each individual will receive direct funding of $800,000, as well as substantial additional resources and services over four (4) years. 


Grants and Investments


Funding Agency

The National Geographic Society


(202) 857-7310


20,000 – 100,000

Funding Cycle

Application Deadline

April 12, 2023