The National Geographic Society awards grants for scientific field research and exploration through its Committee for Research and Exploration. All proposed projects must have both a geographical dimension and relevance to other scientific fields and be of broad scientific interest.
Applications are generally limited to the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology.
In addition, the committee is emphasizing multidisciplinary projects that address environmental issues (e.g. loss of biodiversity and habitat, effects of human-population pressures).
Grants to Primary Investigators in Developing Countries:
While the first priority of the CRE is to fund high-quality scientific research, there is also a particular interest in funding projects that promote the growth of scientific infrastructure in geographic locations where such infrastructure is lacking.
While grant amounts vary greatly, most range from U.S. $15,000 to $20,000. (Approx. AUD $20,200 – 27,000)
Funding is not restricted to United States citizens. Researchers planning work in foreign countries should include at least one local collaborator as part of their research teams. The committee will not consider applications seeking support solely for laboratory work or archival research.
Applicants are expected to have advanced degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) and be associated with an educational organization or institution. Independent researchers or those pursuing a Ph.D.-level degree may apply, but awards to non-Ph.D. applicants are rare.
As a general rule, all applicants are expected to have published a minimum of three articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.