Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowships

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Campus Deadline: Sept. 22, 2015
Official Website and Application
(See Fulbright ORC page for more details)


The Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship is a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program that provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in up to three countries on a globally significant social or environmental topic. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society.

Established by the U.S. Congress in 1946, the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program, designed to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and people of other countries.

The Award

The Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship provides a unique platform for U.S. Fulbright awardees to build awareness of transnational challenges, comparing and contrasting cross-border issues.

This new component of the Fulbright Program will offer up to five awards to U.S. citizens. Over a nine-month period, awardees will create multimedia stories on globally significant social or environmental topics including biodiversity, cities, climate change, cultures, energy, food, oceans, and water. Fellows will share their stories through National Geographic’s platforms, using a variety of digital storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media.

Fellows receive Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health etc.) and instruction in storytelling techniques (effective blog writing, video production, and photography) and mentorship from National Geographic staff throughout the program.

Eligible countries include those where there is an active Fulbright U.S. Student Program.


Candidates for a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must have a conferred bachelor's degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant.
  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively in the host country foreign language, which is critical to success in any country to which Fellows will travel on this program

Please note that U.S. citizens who applied in October 2013 for a traditional 2014-2015 study, research or teaching assistant Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant are not eligible to apply for the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship.

The Application

  • Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship candidates apply directly to the Institute of International Education (IIE) through the Embark online system.
  • Applicants may submit only one project proposal. Project proposal must be submitted under one main theme or a combination of eligible themes.
  • Applicants may submit proposals for grants to one, two, or three foreign countries.
  • Finalists may be invited to participate in an interview.

Although there is no Stanford campus process for the Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship, interested students are encouraged to contact the ORC for guidance on the application process as well as review the Fulbright Website for details.

Profile of winners of 2014

Other Fulbright Awards:

Fulbright Grants (U.S. Student Program for Study/Research/ETA)

Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship

Fulbright mtvU Award

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