National deadline:  October 13, 2015, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Eligibility requirements:

  • U. S. citizen
  • Completed at least an undergraduate degree by the start of the program but may not hold a Ph.D. 
  • Academic or professional background relevant to proposed project

Award summary and conditions: The Fulbright - National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship is a new component of the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Program that will support up to five Fellowships for one academic year of travel and multi-media storytelling on globally significant social or environmental topics. Fellows will focus their stories on one of the program’s eight themes.* Digital stories produced by Fulbright - National Geographic Fellows will be published across National Geographic and Department of State content platforms with the support of National Geographic’s editorial team. 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 the eligible countries:

Application process: online (Embark Online Application and Reference System

Application requirements: 

  • Biographical data
  • Statement of Grant Purpose
  • Personal Statement
  • Foreign language skills: Applicants are asked to complete the chart detailing any relevant language skills he/she may have and his/her level of fluency.  While foreign language skills are not strictly required for the Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, the ability to communicate effectively is critical to success in any country to which Fellows will travel on this program.
  • References (3) 
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Resumes and publications
  • Supplemental materials: All applicants must submit two to three examples of their work in digital storytelling or similar medium, which will be evaluated by the screening committee members. Examples should be submitted digitally. If possible, the samples should show the coherence between the applicant’s previous work and the grant purpose. See website for more detailed information.
  • Affiliation(s): Fellows will likely draw upon a number of sources in host countries to collect their stories, so applicants for this Fellowship are permitted to fulfill the affiliation requirement in one of two ways:
    • Submit one letter of affiliation from an institution/individual in each host country with whom the applicant proposes to work. Each affiliation letter should be printed on the organization’s official letterhead and should be signed by the author.  Copies of e-mail correspondence will not be accepted.
    • Submit a list of host country institutions, contacts, and sources (specifying contact names) that the applicant plans to utilize during his/her grant program (to be included in the Statement of Grant Purpose). This list should be as comprehensive as possible.
      Applicants should indicate if contact has already been established.

Faculty Representative: Keith Raether

Internal committee: No

Internal interview: No

Selection notification: Finalists will be notified in late May or early June 2016. Fellows will participate in a pre-departure orientation in Washington, DC, in summer 2016 and depart for their overseas programs in the fall of 2017.

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