National Geographic Society Grant Program 2021 (up to $120,000)

National Geographic Society Grant Program 2021 (up to $120,000)

Deadline: November 18, 2021

Applications are invited for the National Geographic Society Grant Program 2021. The National Geographic offers several grant opportunities, with various entry points, to provide a dynamic pathway to join their community and engage with them — whether as a budding Explorer or a luminary in the field. 

They award grants to individuals working on bold, innovative, and transformative projects in science, conservation, storytelling, education, & technology that align with one or more of their focus areas:

  • Ocean
  • Land
  • Wildlife
  • Human History & Cultures
  • Human Ingenuity

Grant Categories

  • Level I Funding – Embark on a New Era of Exploration: If you have not yet received a grant from the National Geographic Society, are working to establish yourself further in your field, hope to gain more experience leading projects, and are interested in joining the National Geographic Explorer community, you may apply for a Level I grant for one-year long projects.
  • Level II Funding – Further Your Impact: If you have previously received a National Geographic Society grant or if you are more established in your field and are seeking a higher level of funding, you may apply for a Level II grant. These grants are highly competitive and reserved for select projects that push the boundaries to achieve significant and tangible impact in your field. Projects can be up to two years long.


  • Level I grants receive funding up to $20,000 and offer unique opportunities for training, networking, coaching, mentorship, and more from fellow National Geographic Explorers, experts, staff, partners, and forums.
  • Level II grants are extremely competitive and recipients receive funding up to $100,000. At this funding level, grantees will provide mentorship within the Explorer community, contribute their expertise, and participate in relevant speaking engagements upon request.


  • You must be 18 or older to apply for a National Geographic Society grant.
  • Project start dates should be a minimum of six months after the submission deadline to ensure any awarded funds are received in time.
  • If you are working on a project outside your home country or community, you must include at least one local collaborator on your team who is significantly involved in the project.
  • You may submit a proposal as the project leader for only one project at a time.
  • You must submit a final report and media from any previous National Geographic Society grants for which you were the leader before applying to lead a new project.
  • The individual responsible for carrying out the project should write the application and be listed as the project leader.


All applications are due by November 18, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

For more information, visit National Geographic Society.