The Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship, a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, provides opportunities for selected Fulbright US 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 2020-2021 competition, the Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship will accept proposals. Further, to undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue as an enhancement to their Fulbright research or art project. Utilizing a variety of storytelling tools—including, but not limited to text, photographs, video, audio/podcasts. Also, 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.
In addition to receiving standard Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health, etc.). Further, materials and reporting special allowance, Storytellers receive instruction in storytelling techniques. Including, effective blog writing, video production, photography, public speaking, and other relevant training by National Geographic staff prior to their departure. National Geographic also provide editorial mentorship for Fellows during their Fulbright grant period. Storytellers provide material for National Geographic’s Explorers blog on a frequent and ongoing basis throughout their grant term.
The National Geographic Society supports research, exploration, and conservation throughout the globe with a focus. Especially, on projects that emphasize science, technology, and storytelling to help protect species-at-risk, better understand human history and culture and conserve some of our planet’s last wild places.
Open to applicants for the Fulbright open study/research and art awards to all countries except China.
- The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated talent for storytelling. Including but not limited to publications in print, online or multimedia platforms. Also, an academic or professional background relevant to their proposed project.
- This application cycle, National Geographic has expressed a strong interest in a project focused on Oceans. Also, Water, with a particular interest in plastics, community coastal and fishery management, and biodiversity.
- Project proposals on other topics of interest (including but not limited to science, culture, and conservation) will also be for review.
- Candidates from all fields are 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.
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