Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship 2014

Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship 2014

Deadline: February 28, 2014

The Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship is a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program that provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling on a globally significant social or environmental topic. Fellows will focus their stories on one of the program’s eight themes.

The Department and National Geographic created this award in recognition of the growing importance of digital storytelling and their organizations’ related goals for international exploration and understanding. This new award will give U.S. Fulbrighters a unique opportunity to examine pressing global issues and share insights with a broader public around the world.

Fellowship Benefits

In addition to receiving Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health, etc.),

  • Fellows will receive instruction in digital storytelling techniques, including effective blog writing, video production, and photography, by National Geographic staff prior to their departure.
  • Fellows will be paired with one or more National Geographic editors for continued training, editorial direction and mentoring throughout their Fulbright grant period.
  • Fellows will provide material for a blog on the National Geographic website on a frequent and ongoing basis throughout their grant term, and will have the opportunity to develop additional content for use by National Geographic and the Department of State.
  • Digital stories produced by Fulbright – National Geographic Fellows will be published across National Geographic and Department of State content platforms with the support of National Geographic’s editorial team.


For the Fellowship’s inaugural year of 2014, applications will be accepted for the following themes:

  • Biodiversity
  • Cities
  • Climate Change
  • Cultures
  • Energy
  • Food
  • Oceans
  • Water


  • U.S. citizens of all ages and from all backgrounds are eligible to apply
  • Candidates from all fields are encouraged to apply
  • Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience and talent in digital storytelling.
  • Candidates must have completed at least an undergraduate degree by the commencement of the Fulbright award but may not hold a Ph.D. at the time application.

Applications will be accepted for Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowships in any country to which there is an active Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Click here to see which countries are eligible.

For more information, click here. Also see the Fulbright Website.