The National Geographic Explorer Award

Student diver swimming in the tropics

The National Geographic Explorer Award honors an outstanding project with an experimental approach and creative solution to one of the toughest challenges facing our planet.

The winner will receive:

  • $15,000 educational scholarship.
  • A year-long mentorship.

The winner will travel on a National Geographic Student Expedition to the Galápagos Islands, one of many travel packages in the National Geographic Student Expeditions portfolio. Traveling with 15-20 like-minded students on an 15-day expedition, the winner will explore with a diverse team of National Geographic experts and staff---from naturalists to regional specialists---who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes, and local culture. All in all, a once in a lifetime trip. Learn more at

In addition, the winner will receive a $15,000 educational scholarship and a one year mentorship to realize and achieve the goal of their project.

If a team wins the prize, the scholarship’s value will be divided equally among the teammates.