National Geographic Young Explorers Grant Application

Deadline: ongoing
Open to: applicants aged 18 to 25 around the world with prior experience in the fields of research, conservation, or exploration
Grants: range between USD 2,000 and USD 5,000


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:

In addition, the YEG program recently teamed with the Luce Foundation to provide increased funding opportunities for fieldwork in 18 Northeast and Southeast Asian countries.


Applicants aged 18 to 25 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.


Young Explorers Grants vary in amount depending on significance of the project, though most range between USD 2,000 and USD 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.

How to apply?

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 our 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. Before you submit a pre-application, there are a few things you should take into consideration:

  • The pre-application form can be completed in multiple sessions. You will be allowed to save your work and complete it at another time;
  • You will be asked to upload an electronic copy of your curriculum vitae (CV) while completing the form. Instructions will be provided.

For more information please visit the official website.

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