Application period: March 31, 2021 to October 12, 2021 (2:00 p.m. PT)

Eligibility requirements:

  • U. S. citizen
  • Undergraduate degree by the start of the program
  • 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. Click here to see the eligible countries:

Application process: online (Slate application 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
  • Curriculum vitae 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.
  • 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.
    • 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).

Faculty representative: Keith Raether

Internal committee: No

Internal interview: No

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