National Geographic Resources

After the 2017 Alliance Network Annual Meeting we have found out some new and exciting available research grants for teachers!


National Geographic education grants will support projects that aim to teach people about the world and how it works, empowering them to make it a better place. Funded projects must align with one of the Society’s three focus lenses: The Human Journey, Wildlife and Wild Places, and Our Changing Planet. These lenses are described in more detail on the new grants website.

We are looking for educators who have new ideas for effective strategies in teaching and learning – at any age level, with any audience, and in any location – in the U.S. and internationally. We aim to support educators in formal and informal settings, in community education and outreach, and educator professional development.

We also seek projects that aim to measure what works in teaching and learning – educators who want to research and measure how learning takes place. This dovetails with
National Geographic’s Learning Framework: the set of attitudes, skills, and knowledge that embody the explorer mindset.
There are 3 different grants that you may apply for:
  1. Early Career Grant

    An Early Career Grant application is a request for funding that offers individuals their first opportunity to lead their own project. The applicant is not required to have an advanced degree. However, a record of prior experience in his or her field is expected. An applicant is eligible to receive only one Early Career Grant. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and decisions are usually made within two months of application submission.

    Typically up to US $5,000.

    2. Standard Grant

    A Standard Grant application is a request for funding that does not have the urgent time constraints of an Expedited Grant application (see below). The applicant and his or her team members are expected to have clear records of successful completion of similar projects with measurable and/or tangible results. Applications should be submitted at least six months before the project start date.

    Typically up to US $30,000

    3. Expedited Grant

An Expedited Grant application is a rare request for funding that requires a rapid response due to exceptional circumstances. The applicant will be asked to describe the need for urgency (e.g., natural disaster, imminent demolition or destruction of an area, time-sensitive event) in the application. Project start dates are usually less than one month from the time of proposal submission. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and decisions are made as quickly as possible.

Typically up to US $15,000

Grants will be awarded on a quarterly basis. Upcoming submission deadlines are:

April 1, 2017, for decision by August 21, 2017

July 1, 2017, for decision by November 30, 2017

Find grant guidelines and submit applications at