The quest for knowledge through exploration and the people who make it possible.
National Geographic recognizes and develops explorers from traditional and emerging fields through three programs—Explorers-in-Residence, Emerging Explorers, and Fellows Program—that bring you exciting new discoveries direct from the field.
The Explorers-in-Residence Program was created to enhance National Geographic's long-standing relationship with some of the world's best explorers and scientists. With the support of the National Geographic Society, explorers-in-residence develop programs and carry out fieldwork in their respective areas of study. Our explorers' groundbreaking discoveries fuel the kind of critical information, conservation initiatives, and compelling stories that are the trademark of the National Geographic Society.
National Geographic's Emerging Explorers Program recognizes and supports uniquely gifted and inspiring young adventurers, scientists, photographers, and storytellers—explorers who are already making a difference early in their careers. To help the Emerging Explorers realize their potential, National Geographic awards each of them U.S. $10,000 for research and exploration. Each year up to ten explorers are chosen from fields as diverse as anthropology, space exploration, mountaineering, and music.
The Fellows Program was created to encourage the flow of ideas between National Geographic and field experts. Fellows provide us with expert consultation on National Geographic projects, education and outreach, and environmental and public policy. They represent a variety of professions and work with the program for a specific amount of time.
1. To help enhance the work of the world's best explorers and scientists in their long-standing relationships with National Geographic.
2. To recognize and support gifted and inspiring young adventurers, scientists, photographers, and storytellers who are already making a difference.
3. To encourage the flow of ideas between National Geographic and field experts.