Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship


The Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship was launched in 2013 as a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  It sends U.S. citizens abroad to engage in an academic year of digital storytelling projects in up to three countries on globally significant themes. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society. 

Through the Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship, Fulbrighters will undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue, comparing and contrasting how that issue is experienced across borders. Utilizing a variety of digital storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media, Fellows will tell their stories, or the stories of those they meet, publishing their work on a dedicated blog hosted on the National Geographic website.  Stories deemed by National Geographic to be of interest or merit may be considered for publication on other National Geographic platforms.

  • Fellows will receive instruction in digital storytelling techniques, including effective blog writing, video production, photography, and other relevant training from National Geographic staff prior to their departure.

  • Fellows will be paired with one or more National Geographic editors for continued training, editorial direction, and mentoring throughout their Fulbright grant period.

  • Fellows will provide material for a blog on the National Geographic website on a frequent and ongoing basis throughout their grant term.

  • Fellows will have the opportunity to develop additional content for use by National Geographic and the U.S. Department of State.

For the 2018-2019 competition, applications will be accepted on the following themes:

The Human Journey

Our Changing Planet

Wildlife and Wild Places 

Program Length

9 months (academic year period)

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.

The Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship is a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and standard eligibility requirements are the same.

Visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website for complete application, eligibility and program details. 





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