Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship

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Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship

Applicants with demonstrated experience and talent in storytelling and have completed at least an undergraduate degree are welcomed to apply for Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship. The program specially conducted by the National Geographic Society.

The Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship, a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, provides opportunities for selected Fulbright U.S. 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.

For the 2022-2023 competition, 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 was founded in 1888. It’s headquartered in Washington, D.C., United States; it is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational organizations in the world. Its interest is including geography, archaeology and natural science and the study of world culture and history.

Who May Be Eligible?

To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the following criteria:

  • Fulbright-National Geographic Fellows must be selected for a Fulbright Study/Research Grant by the available country for which they applied and meet the requirements 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.

How to Apply

All application materials, including academic transcripts and letters of recommendation must be submitted in the Fulbright Online Application and Recommendation System by Tuesday October 12, 2021 at 5 pm Eastern Time. Hard copy submissions will not be accepted.

In addition to the Fulbright Study/Research Application, the following supplemental materials are required and to be uploaded into the application:

  • Storytelling Proposal
  • Storytelling Portfolio and Narrative

Check the Fulbright-National Geographic Application Components section for guidelines on submitting these required materials. Applicants must select “Yes” to “Are you applying for the Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship”.

Fulbright Study/Research Application includes the following supplemental materials to be uploaded into the application such as Storytelling Proposal, Storytelling Portfolio, and Narrative. Applicants need to create their account and register or login to enter this program.


Successful students will get the following:

  • All Storytellers will receive standard Fulbright Program benefits, including funds for travel, a living stipend, and health benefits as well as a modest professional allowance for materials and reporting expenses.
  • Living stipends will be calculated based on host-country cost-of-living indices.
  • Also, the National Geographic Society mentoring draws from a range of experts in many disciplines, including researchers, explorers, regional specialists, and storytellers.
  • National Geographic will also provide editorial mentorship for Storytellers during their Fulbright grant period.

Application Deadline

2022-2023 Competition Deadline: Tuesday October 12, 2021 at 5 pm Eastern Time

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