Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship

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Part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship offers opportunities for selected student grantees to participate in an academic year of storytelling on a globally significant theme. This fellowship was made possible through a partnership with the U.S. Department of State and National Geographic Society. The program seeks researchers with a talent and passion for storytelling in a variety of forms, including text, photography, video, audio/podcasts, public speaking, maps, and graphic illustrations. Proposals should be an extension of the applicant's Fulbright research or arts project and should undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue. Storytellers will have the opportunity to share their stories through National Geographic and social media platforms. 

Award: In addition to receiving standard Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health, etc.) and a 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 provides editorial mentorship for Fellows during their Fulbright grant period. Storytellers provide material for National Geographic’s Explorers blog throughout their grant term.


  • U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals
  • Selected for Fulbright Study/Research Grant by the eligible country to which they applied and meet the criteria of the Fulbright Study/Research requirements of the host country
  • Must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent before the start of the grant

Application Materials: 

  • Online Application (Biographical Data, Education History, Extracurricular Involvement)
  • Personal Statement 
  • Statement of Grant Purpose
  • Foreign Language Forms (if program has language requirements) 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation  
  • Official Transcript 
  • Storytelling Proposal 
  • Storytelling Portfolio and Narrative 

Selection Criteria:

  • Preference given to candidates with demonstrated experience, talent, and passion for storytelling