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 at least once weekly 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 theme. For the 2016-2017 Fellowship, the accepted themes are:
Our Human Story – Culture/Geo-politics, Contemporary Social Issues (Sociology, Urbanization, Crisis, Migration)
Our Living Planet – Places, Environment, Climate Change, Conservation, Landscapes, Oceans
Critical Species – Conservation of Species, Extinction (Storytelling in this area should include a public policy frame)
New Frontiers – Innovations in areas of Health, Medicine, Technology, Space, Energy, Maritime issues.

Special Location of award, if applicable: Abroad

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

Student year:

Student year at time of application:  Graduate or Senior

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship application process:

Applicants submit a proposal for their digital storytelling projects based on one of the application period’s themes. Explore the year’s themes on the Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship website and begin developing your proposal. Fellows can craft a proposal to study and report from 1, 2, or 3 countries over the nine-month fellowship.

Contact CFSA to get started!

Advising contact:

Jolynn Parker  Email:
More Information:

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