National Geographic Science and Exploration in Asia


Dear colleague,

As you may know, for more than 125 years, National Geographic Society has been awarding grants to talented, innovative individuals working on research, conservation and exploration projects around the world. In July 2015, we announced the launch of the National Geographic Foundation for Science and Exploration in Asia, an effort to substantially increase our support for Asian scientists, conservationists and explorers. We are delighted to share that our first round of grant reviews, held in November, resulted in the support of 23 projects, with 8 projects supporting Young Explorers (ages 18-25). 

We are now preparing for our spring review and would like your help in attracting qualified applicants to our program. 

Grants will support legal residents of Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam working in the natural, social and physical sciences, as well as photography, journalism and exploration. We especially encourage multi-disciplinary and international collaboration to arrive at cross-cutting, multi-perspective, and regional solutions.

The program will award professional grants of up to USD 30,000 and Young Explorers Grants for aspiring professionals (ages 18-25) of up to USD 5,000 for field research, conservation and exploration projects, including those that investigate unproven approaches. A committee comprised of experts from around the region will evaluate grant proposals.

We are currently accepting applications online, and we encourage you to share this information with your colleagues, students and greater network. National Geographic is very excited to be able to bring this program to the region, and we hope you or your colleagues will also consider applying for a grant.  Please note the deadline for pre-application submission for Spring 2016 is January 15, 2016.

Additional information about National Geographic Science and Exploration in Asia and how to apply for a grant is available at

We will continue to share information on this program in the coming months, but if you have questions, please feel free to contact us at

Many thanks and kind regards,

Rob Lee, Ph. D.
Director, Science & Exploration
National Geographic Society