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SOAR, Scholarships and Other Award Resources, is a searchable online database of funding opportunities for current students at all levels as well as recent graduates. Please review the recommendations below for conducting a search based on your needs, interests and eligibility.

National Geographic Early Career Grant

An Early Career Grant application is a request for funding that offers less experienced individuals an opportunity to lead a project. Applicants are not required to have an advanced degree; those with a Ph.D. or equivalent work experience should apply for a Standard Grant.

Applications should be submitted at least four months before the project start date. We accept applications on a rolling basis and usually make decisions within four months.

There is no maximum age for Early Career Grant applicants, but applicants must be at least 18 years old. Applicants must be applying for their first opportunity to lead a project.

Grants are typically funded for less than US $5,000. We will consider requests for up to US $10,000.

If your project requires expedited funding due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g., volcanic eruption, sudden discovery, urgent threat), please email and explain why your request is urgent, what you plan to do, and how much support you need. Please note that receiving a last-minute notification that you are able to participate in a project is not grounds for expedited funding.


Awarded Quarterly - Apply approximately four months before research begins

Application Procedure:
Student applies directly

Eligible to Apply:

Undergraduate: At any stage

Graduate: At any stage

Award Type:
Study / Research Abroad

Award Period:
Academic Year (Undergraduate)
Academic Year (Graduate)
Summer (Undergraduate)
Summer (Graduate)

Disciplines / Areas of Study or Interest:
Open to all fields

Additional Qualifications:
Must be at least 18 years old

Last Updated:
July 11, 2018

Last Updated: 9/12/17