Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

About the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

The Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship offers opportunities for U.S. citizens to spend an academic year traveling and crafting digital stories in one, two, or three countries. Fellows tell their stories (or the stories of people they meet) through text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media, publishing their work on a blog hosted on the National Geographic website. National Geographic may consider publishing stories of special interest or merit on other platforms. Fellows receive instruction in digital storytelling techniques by National Geographic staff before the start of their fellowship. Fellows are paired with at least one National Geographic editor for mentoring and direction throughout their Fulbright grant period, and have the opportunity to develop additional content for National Geographic and the Department of State.
Fellows’ proposals and their digital stories center on a specific theme.

Location of award, if applicable: International

Eligible applicants:

– are U.S. citizens.
– have completed at least an undergraduate degree by the start of the award (but may not hold a PhD by time of award).
– have demonstrated experience and talent in digital storytelling (including but not limited to publication in print, online or multimedia platforms) and an academic or professional background relevant to their proposed project.

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Fulbright-National Geographic Digital 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,
– three letters of recommendation.

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: More Information:

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