National Geographic

The National Geographic Society is committed to supporting explorers from around the world. We have invested in staff and programs dedicated to identifying individuals outside the United States, helping to ensure we find and fund the world’s best ideas in the fields of conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology. To maintain global reach, we’ve established regional programs and teams across Asia-Pacific, East Africa, Europe, and Latin America.

While we fund projects around the world, we encourage applicants from outside of the United States to apply. 

We use one application form for all grant types and regions. Please read more about grant application requirements, eligibility, and program priorities on our main grant page before applying.  


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Regional Programs

Find out more about our regional programs below. If you have questions about your application, please email


The National Geographic Foundation for Science and Exploration – Asia, established in 2015, encourages residents or citizens of the following locations to apply: Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.

East Africa

The National Geographic / Howard G. Buffett Fund for East Africa, established in late 2014, funds projects implemented in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Picture of Martin Wikelski
Photograph by Christian Ziegler


Our office in London, United Kingdom, established in 2017, strives to find, support and enable both explorers whose projects are implemented in Europe and those who are citizens of European countries.

Picture of Mariana Fuentes and team member with turtle
Photograph courtesy Mariana Fuentes

Latin America

Our office in Mexico City, Mexico, established in 2017, strives to find, support and enable both explorers whose projects are implemented in Latin America and those who are citizens of Latin American countries.

Call for next generation of ocean heroes

Sky and National Geographic are looking for the next generation of ocean heroes. Together, we are offering eligible explorers funding and support to run marine-based projects, and the opportunity to become ambassadors for Sky Ocean Rescue. Working with you, we will capture and share the outcomes of your projects, including potential innovative solutions, to raise awareness of the issues surrounding ocean health.

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