External Funding Opportunities

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National Geographic offers grant opportunities at various entry points to provide a dynamic pathway to join and engage with the NG community.

Whether you are an aspiring Explorer or already a luminary in the field, each opportunity has unique criteria and benefits to ensure that our Explorers receive support and funding aligned to their specific needs and goals. Each year, a small number of grants are awarded to individuals who are just beginning their National Geographic journey, as well as those who are working on more advanced projects.

The National Geographic Society warmly welcomes and encourages applicants from historically and currently underrepresented and underserved populations to apply. National Geographic is committed to funding a diverse and globally representative cohort of Explorers. The National Geographic Society does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, or handicap.

The Arctic Research Consortium of the US (ARCUS) Early Career Conference Funding Award supports US-based, early career researchers and students to participate in meetings and events relevant to Arctic research, since 2020. The first three award cycles during 2020–early 2022 supported virtual conference attendance due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions. The current fall 2022 funding awards will cover registration fees, session/abstract submission costs, travel, and other relevant expenses related to in-person conference attendance for one US-based conference or event scheduled to take place during the period of 15 October 2022 – 1 April 2023. Funding for these awards is made possible through the National Science Foundation’s Arctic Sciences Section (PLR #1928794).

This award also aims to specifically increase participation of early career, underrepresented minorities in Arctic research.

 Deadline: 16 September

The Trevor Platt Memorial Scholarship was established by the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) to honour the memory of Professor Trevor Platt (1942-2020), who was a brilliant scientist and a leader in interdisciplinary oceanographic research, with outstanding contributions in the fields of biological oceanography, theoretical ecology and the use of satellite ocean colour data for measuring ocean processes.  He played an especially important role in the establishment of the IOCCG, being one of the founding members of the group, and serving as the first Chairman for a period of 10 years (from 1996-2006).

The prestigious IOCCG Trevor Platt Memorial Scholarship is aimed at providing students and early career scientists from developing countries and countries with economies in transition with the opportunity for gaining valuable training experience in the field of ocean and in-land water remote sensing and applications. The applicant must be a citizen of one of the listed eligible countries (according to SCOR), and must be residing in that country at the time of application.

Two scholarships will be awarded for the inaugural year, in 2023, at US$ 5,000 each. Applications are open to graduate students and early career scientists (i.e., having received a Ph.D. within the past 5 years) involved in any aspect of ocean optics and ocean colour research and applications relevant to the IOCCG Objectives. The scholarship offers the opportunity for individuals to conduct hands-on research, or to receive in-depth training, at a foreign institute.  Funds will be provided for each recipient to travel to an institute outside their home country for a short period of time (up to 3 months) to work with experts in the field. Stays of longer than 3 months may be considered if sufficient justification is provided, and if total costs to IOCCG do not exceed US$ 5,000 (see scholarship conditions below).  The internship can be held in any country in the World apart from the applicant’s own country of residence.  The scholarship funds are granted on a competitive basis (see Section 3 below).

Deadline: 11 November

Applications are invited for the 2022 Garden Club of America Coastal Wetland Studies scholarship.  The award is a one-year scholarship for graduate studies in coastal wetlands and carries a stipend of $5,000 to support field-based research. 

Application opens 1 November 2022.
Deadline is 15 January 2023.

This announcement invites proposals that request funding from researcher, resource manager, and stakeholder partnerships to execute a previously planned, collaborative research project, develop its findings and products, transfer them to an identified resource manager or management body, and apply them to a specific Gulf of Mexico natural resource management decision. Funding is contingent upon the availability of funds in the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund. It is anticipated that final recommendatios for funding under this Announcement will be made in June 2023, and that projects funded under this Announcement will have an 1 October 2023 start date.

A letter of intent (LOI) is required by 16 August 2022.  Full proposal is due 15 November 2022.

The NOAA Office of Education is pleased to announce the Environmental Literacy Program (ELP) fiscal year 2022 funding opportunity. This grant competition is designed to fund projects that develop collective environmental literacy to enhance community resilience to climate change. There is a particular emphasis on supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and climate justice in all aspects of each project.

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