Since our first grant in 1890 to explore the uncharted Mount St. Elias region of Alaska, the National Geographic Society has awarded grants for conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology to applicants working across the globe. We support projects that are bold, innovative, and transformative. And we invest in projects led by the best scientists and explorers, some early in their careers and others with a demonstrated history of impact in their chosen field.
Our Big Cats Initiative supports scientists and conservationists working to help big cats and communities thrive together.
The goal: Stop the decline of big cats in the wild.
The Okavango Wilderness Project is helping to save one of Africa's richest places for biodiversity, home of the world's largest remaining elephant populations and an area that sustains more than one million people.
The goal: Increase formal protection of the Okavango River Basin for generations to come.
Photo Ark is a multiyear effort to photograph every species living in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts.
The goal: Protect at-risk species and their critical habitats before it's too late.
Guided by the latest scientific discoveries and propelled by insightful storytelling, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek is re-walking the original 21,000-mile route of the first human ancestors who migrated out of Africa during the Stone Age.
The goal: Explore and document cultures and landscapes along the path of human migration to gain a better understanding of who we are as a species and our relationship with the natural world.
National Geographic is working to restore the movement of animals large and small across Yellowstone and beyond.
The goal: Address the challenges of species recovery and migration across public and private lands while respecting the needs of local communities.
National Geographic has sponsored 79 Photo Camps reaching 2,500 students.
The goal: Help young people in underserved communities use photography to tell their own stories.
Explorer magazine engages students and teachers with content that celebrates the power of science and exploration.
The goal: Be a trusted and engaging source of information about the world for students and educators.
The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition that encourages young people to learn about the people and places of our world and awards scholarships to students in the United States. Students in grades four through eight from 10,000 schools compete for the title of National Geographic Bee Champion
The goal: Inspire a new generation of informed, geo-literate citizens.
National Geographic is empowering women and promising young scientists by providing increased funding, training, and mentorship opportunities.
The goal: Build a more diverse scientific community.
Sciencetelling™ Bootcamps teach National Geographic explorers, grantees, and educators how to communicate their important scientific discoveries through photography, video, and storytelling in ways that build global knowledge and empower us all to generate solutions for a healthier future.
The goal: Give explorers, grantees, and educators powerful tools to share their stories with the world.
National Geographic inspires audiences of all ages and encourages lifelong learning through exciting public events and exhibitions. These unique experiences celebrate the power of exploration and discovery at the National Geographic campus in Washington, D.C., and in world-class venues across the globe.
The goal: Introduce audiences to the world's best explorers, scientists, photographers, and innovators.