Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

Participate in an Academic Year of Overseas Travel and Storytelling in One, Two, or Three Countries on a Globally Significant Theme!


Online application availability

Early spring; check www.us.fulbrightonline.org for details

Campus deadline

Early September

National deadline

Early October


Applicant education level

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

Open to applicants who have

completed an undergraduate degree?


Open to applicants not currently

enrolled in college/university classes?


Open to (non-U.S.) international students?


Age limit


Are applicants limited to specific fields of study?

No; but preference is given to candidates with demonstrated experience and talent in storytelling

Are students required to demonstrate financial need?


Minimum G.P.A.

None; but academic excellence is a must

Average G.P.A. of recipients



UAA Institutional Endorsement


Advising Appointment

Schedule an advising appointment with the Fulbright Program Adviser, Dr. Francisco Miranda, at fmiranda2@alaska.edu or at 907.786.4035, to discuss intent to apply


Language skills are not strictly required for the Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship. However, in this program, the ability to communicate effectively is critical to success in any country to which Storytellers will travel

Applicants with relevant language skills may receive preference in the application review process

Project feasibility assessment will be based, in part, upon applicant language capabilities

Language requirements vary by country, so before starting the application, you should note the specific requirements of the proposed host country(ies)

For a full list of requirements, please visit www.us.fulbrightonline.org


The wide variety of media tools and platforms has created an unprecedented opportunity for all people from all disciplines and backgrounds to share observations and personal narratives with global audiences online

These storytelling tools are powerful resources as we seek to expand our knowledge of pressing global issues and build ties across cultures

Proposals to undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue are accepted

Multi-country projects will contrast and compare how an issue or set of issues is experienced across borders

Utilizing a variety of storytelling tools--including text, photography, video, audio/podcasts, public speaking, maps, graphic illustrations, and/or social media--Storytellers will share their stories and the stories of those they meet, and publish their work on National Geographic platforms, including a dedicated program blog

For a list of broad themes supported this current year, please visit www.us.fulbrightonline.org


In addition to receiving Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health, etc), and a materials and reporting special allowance, Storytellers will receive instruction in story-telling techniques, including effective blog writing, video production, photography, and other relevant training by National Geographic staff prior to their departure

National Geographic will also provide editorial mentorship for Storytellers during their Fulbright grant period

Storytellers will submit material for the National Geographic website on a frequent and ongoing basis throughout their grant term


Depends on specific country

Can the award be deferred?


Can the award be renewed?


Specific notes and/or exceptions

You may only apply to one country

Enrolled applicants should submit application through UAA

Non-enrolled applicants may submit application “at-large”

For more information about eligibility requirements, please visit: www.us.fulbrightonline.org


Basic characteristics sought by Review Committees:

  • Quality and feasibility of the proposal as described in the Statement of Grant Purpose and the Personal Statement
  • Ability of the agencies abroad to support project, if necessary
  • Academic and/or professional record
  • Personal qualifications: specific skills related to storytelling--such as experience with audio/video, and still photography; and any other video/audio/editing software proficiency--are required
  • Language preparation
  • Extent to which the candidate and the project will help to advance the Fulbright aim of promoting mutual understanding among nations through engagement in the host community, among other activities

Note: It is the policy of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board that reasons for non-recommendation of candidates not be given


For a list of eligible countries and broad storytelling themes recommended, please visit www.us.fulbrightonline.org

  • Find a faculty member willing to serve as your mentor throughout the application process
  • Schedule an advising appointment with the Fulbright Program Adviser, Dr. Francisco Miranda at fmiranda2@alaska.edu or at 907.786.4035, the semester before you plan to apply for the award
  • Register at www.us.fulbrightonline.org and start completing application
  • Start developing your Personal Statement and your Statement of Grant Purpose according to the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship guidelines
  • Start securing an affiliation letter, specific requirements of which are found at www.us.fulbrightonline.org
  • Start preparing the components of your storytelling portfolio according to the guidelines specified by Fulbright
  • For your letters of recommendation, select instructors who can comment on your ability to carry out the project being proposed, your  intellectual and professional preparation, and your ability to represent the U.S. abroad
    • At least two (2) of these recommenders should evaluate your ability to produce the type of digital storytelling proposed in your Statement of Grant Purpose
  • Submit a complete application online, including all letters of recommendation and affiliation letter, by the CAMPUS DEADLINE
  • Prepare for individual CAMPUS INTERVIEW, which will take place within 1-2 weeks after the campus deadline
  • The Fulbright Campus Interview Committee will submit an official institutional endorsement of your application at the end of your campus interview
  • A Fulbright National Screening Committee will conduct a preliminary elimination on the basis of credentials in December and determine if your application will be forwarded to the embassy(ies) of the country(ies) where you are proposing to conduct your project for final review
  • You will be notified of the status of your application in January
  • Candidates whose application is forwarded to the appropriate embassy(ies) for final review will be notified of the final decision in March-May


Number of applications received


Number of applications rewarded


Is an interview required?

Campus interview: Yes

National interview: No

When are qualifying candidates notified?

Late January

When are winning candidates notified?



Fulbright Program Adviser

Dr. Francisco Miranda





Email address



Webinars for candidates are available at www.us.fulbrightonline.org

Schedule an advising appointment at fmiranda2@alaska.edu or at 907.786.4035