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National Geographic

Deadline NYU Internal Deadline - September 7, 2018
External Deadline - October 9, 2018
(for grants beginning Fall 2019)
Eligibility Bachelor's by time of award
Duration Varies by country, generally 8-12 months

Candidates must

  • be a U.S. citizen
  • hold a bachelor's degree before the beginning date of the grant
  • present a study plan or project which can be completed in one academic year


The Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship was launched in 2013 as a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. It provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in two to three countries on a globally significant theme (which changes each year). This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society.

The Fulbright has an excellent website that takes you through all the application steps. It includes checklists, application tips, and webinars. We strongly recommend you consult the website very carefully.

Please carefully review the Fulbright-National Geographic Application Components, Application Tips, the Application Checklist, and Frequently Asked Questions sections, as the requirements differ from those of the traditional Fulbright grant.

Other support structures offered by the Office of Global Awards at NYU

The Fulbright website will answer all your queries about eligibility etc.

If you have a question about the details of your application, please check with the website before emailing us at

Please see our Support Structures page if you would like to meet with us in person. 

Submission Timeline & the Faculty Review Process

The final deadline for Fulbright applications is generally mid-October. Applications are submitted online using the Embark system, which opens for applications from May to mid-October. See the Fulbright webpage to begin an application. 

However, there are some important caveats to this final deadline.

  1. You need to decide whether you will apply “under” NYU or “at large.”
    If you choose the latter option, you are free to submit right up until the final deadline date. Your application will not need to be evaluated by NYU (see below). However, it also means that you will not have the chance to use NYU’s support structures and resources, nor use the faculty review as a way to strengthen your application. Statistically speaking, you are twice as likely to win a Fulbright if you apply under your school rather than “at-large."
  2. If you apply “under NYU,” there is an internal mid-September deadline for your application materials. (N.B. If you are part of the FADP, there is a slightly earlier internal deadline.)

This internal deadline is because the NYU Office of Global Awards needs time to convene a faculty committee to interview you and provide an evaluation of your application. This is a requirement, not an option, and we do it at the request of the Fulbright Program.

The interview will take approximately 30 minutes and will be scheduled once we receive your application materials. After these interviews are over, you will have a chance to revise and strengthen your application. We will send you detailed outline of this process when you submit in mid-September.

Frequently Asked Questions  

To register for calls for application, information sessions about this award, and workshops, please sign up on our global awards list-serv on our homepage.