National Geographic Young Explorers Grant
Young Explorers Grants (YEG) offer opportunities to individuals ages 18 to 25 to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects consistent with National Geographic's existing grant programs, including: the Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE), the Expeditions Council (EC), and the Conservation Trust (CT).
Young Explorers Grants vary in amount depending on significance of the project, though most range between US $2,000 and $5,000 at the maximum. National Geographic Society funds often serve as complementary support—thus the program encourages applicants to seek additional, concurrent funding from other sources.
The Young Explorers Grants Program supports a variety of projects—and an age-range of applicants (18 to 25) —that are generally not covered by other sources of funding.
Applicants are not required to have advanced degrees. However, a record of prior experience in the fields of research, conservation, or exploration should be submitted as it pertains to the proposed project.
Funding is not restricted to United States citizens—foreign nationals are invited to apply. Researchers planning work in countries abroad should make great effort to include at least one local collaborator as part of their team.
Applying for a Young Explorers Grant is a two-step process.
First, you must submit a pre-application form online. If your pre-application is approved, you will be sent an email with a link and a password giving you access to the full application online.
The Young Explorers Grants Program accepts pre-applications throughout the year. Please submit your pre-application at least eight months prior to your field dates, at least six months for the Expeditions Council. If your application is approved—a decision which takes about eight weeks—the relevant grant program will send you an email with a link to the full application online. The names of three academic or professional references and a curriculum vitae are to be included with the full application.
- Research Support
- Creative and Performing Arts
- Environment and Sustainability
- Journalism and Media
- Social Justice
- Social Science
- First-year Undergrads
- Second-year Undergrads
- Third-year Undergrads
- Fourth-year+ Undergrads
- Graduate Students
- Undergraduate Alumni
- Graduate Alumni
- Historically Excluded/Underrepresented
- US Citizen
- US Permanent Resident
- International Student (non-US citizen)
ASU Nomination required