The next deadline for many opportunities is April 22, 2020. Please refer to individual opportunities for details.
All applications received by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on the deadline will be reviewed, and decisions announced 4 months later.
Quarterly Grant Cycles
through July 10, 2019.
Decisions in November 2019.
Applications accepted through October 9, 2019.
Decisions in February 2020.
Applications accepted through January 15, 2020.
Decisions in May 2020.
Applications accepted through April 22, 2020.
Decisions in August 2020.
Our Review Committee
The National Geographic Society awards grants through its Committee for Research and Exploration, which consists of two parts: the CRE Executive Committee and the CRE Reviewer Circle. The CRE Executive Committee provides guidance on grant-making strategy and execution and the CRE Reviewer Circle provides the rigorous peer review necessary to ensure the highest-quality projects are funded.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will a decision be made about my application?
Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis, and you will receive a response according to the schedule above.
When can I expect to receive my grant award payment?
When you receive notification of a successful grant application, you will be asked to submit relevant paperwork. Please allow six to eight weeks for funds to transfer after you return all completed paperwork.
Are grant funds paid to the individual applicant or to an affiliated organization (e.g., university, agency, NGO)?
Grants are awarded to an individual—the applicant. However, you may choose for the payment to be made directly to, and administered by, your affiliated organization. Taxes may apply if the funds are granted specifically to an individual, and you should consult a tax professional for advice. The National Geographic Society cannot divide grant funds between multiple individuals or organizations.
Is it possible to change or extend my project dates after my grant has been awarded?
If the reasons are legitimate, project dates can be extended after checking with your appropriate program officer. However, an extension will not result in additional funding.
Can I apply for a continuation of my grant?
We do not fund continuations of projects that have already received funds from the National Geographic Society. If you have a new project idea, you should submit a new application after you have successfully submitted a final report and media for your previous grant.
My application was declined. Can you share the reviewer comments?
Due to the volume of applications we receive, we do not provide feedback to applicants whose projects have been declined.
Can I resubmit an application for a project that has been declined?
No. The only exception is if you have been invited to do so by a National Geographic Society program officer.
Start your Application
Begin your online application in the Grants Portal.