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Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship

Important Dates

Campus Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
National Application Deadline (Application Period): 
Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Application Materials

Download Application Files: 


Open to: 
Graduate students
Graduating students
Recent graduates/Alumni
Eligibility requirements: 
  • U.S. citizen.
  • Bachelor's degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in the host country language.


Application Process: 


The Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship has a campus process that coincides with our Fulbright campus process. Therefore, you need to be aware of two deadlines: a campus deadline and a national deadline. The campus deadline is in early September and the national deadline in early October. Stanford applicants must submit their application by the campus deadline, prior to the national deadline. The application process is lengthy and requires many months of preparation.

Should I apply?

Important information, which can help you determine if a Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship is right for you, can be found here:

Additional information about the Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship, including application criteria, can be found at:

Additional Information


How the ORC can help

After reading this website and the official Fulbright website you should attend an ORC information session. Info sessions can be found at

This is your first step in working with the ORC team.

Stanford applicants - Please fill out the Fulbright Intent to Apply Form (see link above) and we can help you schedule an advising appointment to discuss your Fulbright application. All Stanford applicants need to meet with an ORC advisor to discuss your proposed project/program.


Amount Awarded: 
Varies; Travel, living stipend, health benefits, professional stipend, mentorship, digital storytelling instruction
Number Awarded: 
Up to 5

About the Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship

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

It is an enhancement to Fulbright research or arts project. Fulbright-National Geographic Fellows must be selected for a Fulbright Study/Research Grant by the eligible host country and meet criteria.

Awardees create multimedia stories on globally significant social or environmental topics and share their stories through National Geographic’s platforms, using a variety of digital storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media. Recipients receive benefits (for travel, stipend, health etc.) and instruction in storytelling techniques (effective blog writing, video production, and photography) and mentorship from National Geographic staff throughout the program. Up to five awards are granted each year.



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