Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship

Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship

About the Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship

The Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship, a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, provides opportunities for selected Fulbright US Student grantees to participate in an academic year of storytelling on a globally significant theme. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society.
Fellows’ proposals and their digital stories center on a globally significant theme.

Utilizing a variety of storytelling tools—including, but not limited to text, photography, video, audio/podcasts, public speaking, maps, and graphic illustrations – Storytellers have the opportunity to share their stories, and the stories of those they meet, through National Geographic and social media platforms.

In addition to receiving standard Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health, etc.) and a materials and reporting special allowance, Storytellers receive instruction in storytelling techniques, including effective blog writing, video production, photography, public speaking, and other relevant training by National Geographic staff prior to their departure. National Geographic also provide editorial mentorship for Fellows during their Fulbright grant period. Storytellers provide material for National Geographic’s Explorers blog on a frequent and ongoing basis throughout their grant term.

Location of award, if applicable: International

Eligible applicants:

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship application process:

Review the award requirements on the website to determine whether it is a good fit for your academic background and experience.
Explore the year’s themes on the award website and discuss your project ideas with CFSA and your mentors.

Start your application on the Fulbright website by June 1 and check “Syracuse University” as your institution.

The application components include:
– a personal statement
– a statement of grant purpose
– resume
– storytelling portfolio and narrative
– storytelling proposal
– transcripts
– three letters of recommendation

Depending on their proposed project, students may also need to submit foreign language forms as specific on the Fulbright website, and have their project vetted by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Syracuse University.

All SU applicants have to go through the campus endorsement process. The deadline for submitting your application for internal endorsement is in early September. From mid through late September, the SU Campus Fulbright Committee organizes an interview session with each applicant. Subsequently, the Committee completes an evaluation form and makes an endorsement that is included in the applicant’s application file. All applications are submitted to Fulbright regardless of the endorsement assessment.

After the interviews, applicants are free to make minor changes to their applications before the final submission.

CFSA submits the applications for all SU applicants to Fulbright.

The national deadline is in early October.

Interested? Contact CFSA for information on how to get started!

Advising contact:

Jolynn Parker  Email:  jmpark02@syr.edu More Information:  http://us.fulbrightonline.org/fulbright-nat-geo-fellowship

Enter any terms you are interested, such as “Government” or “Biotechnology”,