About the Organization:

Institute of International Education has championed international education and pioneered new models of collaboration across institutions of higher education with a worldwide reach. Their vision is a peaceful, equitable world enriched by the international exchange of ideas and greater understanding between people and cultures. Today, IIE proudly supports flagship educational and cultural exchange programs on behalf of the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, in addition to government, corporate and foundation programs.

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Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship

The Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship, a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, provides opportunities for selected Fulbright US Student Study/Research grantees to participate in an academic year of storytelling 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.

For the 2022-2023 competition, the Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship will accept proposals to undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue as an enhancement to their Fulbright research or arts project. The National Geographic Society’s focus areas are: Oceans, Land, Wildlife, Human History & Cultures, and Human Ingenuity. Storytellers may use a variety of storytelling tools—including, but not limited to writing, photography, video, audio/podcasts, maps, or graphic illustrations to share their stories.

The Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship seeks individuals with a talent for and interest in storytelling. Projects that emphasize science, technology, and storytelling to help protect species-at-risk, better understand human history and culture, conserve of our planet’s land and oceans and build a more sustainable future are welcome.

Storytelling Aspect of Fellowship:

There are many definitions of Storytelling. For the purpose of the Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship, it describes the practice of using tools to tell a story. Storytellers may produce stories that may utilize or combine text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, etc. for the purpose of producing content suitable for National Geographic online platforms and social media.

Their stories may also be disseminated through National Geographic Society and U.S. Department of State online platforms and associated social networking sites. National Geographic will provide training for participants and National Geographic editors will mentor and support Storytellers as they produce stories throughout their grant period. Applicants should highlight their experience with storytelling as it relates to their proposed project and need not be an expert in multiple digital mediums to be selected.


  • Fulbright-National Geographic Fellows must be selected for a Fulbright Study/Research Grant by the eligible country for which they applied and meet the criteria of the Fulbright Study/Research requirements of the host country.
  • Candidates from all fields are encouraged to apply.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience and talent in storytelling. Candidates must have completed at least an undergraduate degree by the commencement of the Fulbright award.
  • For the 2021-22 academic year, the competition is open to applicants for the Fulbright Open Study/Research and arts awards to all countries. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated talent for storytelling (including but not limited to publications in print, online or multimedia platforms) and an academic or professional background relevant to their proposed project.

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