Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship 2016/2017

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Application Deadline: October 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

The Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship was launched in 2013 as a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. It provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in one, two, or three countries 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.

Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year will be accepted for the following themes:

  • Our Human Story
    Themes: Culture/Geo-politics, Contemporary Social Issues (Sociology, Urbanization, Crisis, Migration)
  • Our Living Planet
    Themes: Places, Environment, Climate Change, Conservation, Landscapes, Oceans
  • Critical Species
    Themes: Conservation of Species, Extinction (Storytelling in this area should include a public policy frame)
  • New Frontiers
    Themes: Innovations in areas of Health, Medicine, Technology, Space, Energy, Maritime issues.
Eligible Countries

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.

Fellowship Theme:

Applications for the Fellowship will be accepted for projects focused on one or more of the general themes below. Applicants interested in the special interest areas identified for under each theme are especially encouraged to apply. Following each theme and list of special interest areas, National Geographic’s editorial staff has provided a NGS Digital Storytelling Frame, which provides further context to the theme and the types of stories that they are particularly interested in having Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows tell. While applications for any innovative project under the broad themes will be eligible to be reviewed, it is recommended that applicants review this information as they develop their proposals.

Our Human Story
Our Living Planet
Critical Species
New Frontiers

Application Procedure:

All application materials, including academic transcripts and letters of reference must be submitted in the Embark Online Application and Reference System by October 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Hard copy submissions will not be accepted.

Please review the instructions thoroughly before beginning the Embark online application as the application components are distinct from the general application. Because of grant start dates, Fulbright-National Geographic Fellows are not eligible for Critical language Enhancement Awards.

Please carefully review the following as the requirements differ from those of the traditional Fulbright grant:

Applicants must select “Academic” in the Grant Category section of the application and select “Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship in the Special Opportunity field.Fulbright-National Geographic applicants with questions should email Susan Muendl at smuendl@iie.org.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship