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Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

2018-2019 Competition Deadline: October 6, 2017 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

The Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship, a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and storytelling in one, two, or three countries on a globally significant theme. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society. Storytellers publish stories on the Fulbright-National Geographic Stories blog.

The wide variety of new digital media tools and platforms has created an unprecedented opportunity for 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.

For the 2018-19 competition, the Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship will accept proposals to undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue. Multi-country projects will compare and contrast 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. Stories deemed by National Geographic to be of interest or merit may be considered for publication on other National Geographic platforms.

In addition to receiving Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health, etc.), and 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 Storytellersduring their Fulbright grant period. Storytellers will provide material for the National Geographic website on a frequent and ongoing basis throughout their grant term.

The National Geographic Society believes in the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to change the world. The broad themes of this year’s competition fall under National Geographic’s three lenses: The Human Journey, Our Changing Planet, and Wildlife& Wild Places.

Alternative Mode of Scholarship Competition 2018 (urban geography research & scholarship)

The American Association of Geographers (AAG), Urban Geography Specialty Group (UGSG)

— Alternative Mode of Scholarship Competition 2018 —
Deadline: Monday, February 12, 2018, midnight EST

In recognition of the increasingly diverse ways in which researchers disseminate their research, the UGSG Alternative Mode of Scholarship Competition solicits the submission of blogs, videos and websites created by individual undergraduate or graduate students or by groups of students during the 2017 calendar year. AAG/UGSG membership is not necessary to participate in this competition. Submissions should be in the form of a URL address plus no more than 300 words explaining how the submission contributes to an understanding of urban geography. Please indicate whether the project creators were undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral students (or a combination therein). Submissions to award competitions sponsored by other AAG-affiliated organizations are not eligible. The winner(s) of the award will receive $200.

Submissions should be emailed by the February 12, 2018 deadline to Astrid Wood ( and Kathe Newman ‎(‎ Please be sure in the email to include the full name, affiliation (university, department, and degree program), email address, and postal address of each project creators. Decisions will be announced to the winner(s) by Monday, March 12, 2018.

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