The U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society are partnering to launch the inaugural Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship competition. This new component of the Fulbright Program will offer up to five awards to U.S. citizens. Over a nine month period, awardees will create multimedia stories on globally significant social or environmental topics including biodiversity, cities, climate change, cultures, energy, food, oceans, and water.
The Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship provides a unique platform for U.S. Fulbright awardees to build awareness of transnational challenges, comparing and contrasting cross-border issues. Fellows will share their stories through National Geographic’s platforms, using a variety of digital storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media.
Established by the U.S. Congress in 1946, the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program, designed to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and people of other countries. The Fulbright Program annually supports more than 8,000 students, scholars, artists, and professionals from the United States and more than 155 countries to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas, and find solutions to shared international challenges.
“Inspiring people to care about the planet” since 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world, promoting exploration and topics such as geography, natural science, and conservation. Operating across a diverse set of media platforms, National Geographic is a trusted leader in digital storytelling.
With complementary missions, the U.S. Department of State and National Geographic are distinctively suited to deliver this unique Fulbright Fellowship opportunity. This Fellowship advances the United States efforts to tackle global challenges and brings new voices to National Geographic as it expands in-depth coverage of pressing transnational issues.
Candidates for the Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship should propose projects that focus on storytelling related to one of the eligible themes (listed below). Fellows are expected to explore their chosen theme through research, observation, analysis and interviews, and relate their findings on National Geographic digital platforms utilizing a variety of digital storytelling tools and media, which may include text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media. Projects may be based in one country or multiple countries (up to three).
For the 2014-15 academic year, applications will be accepted for projects on one or more of the following themes:
- Climate Change
For more program information and to apply for the Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship, visit http://us.fulbrightonline.org/application-components/fulbright-national-geographic