WASHINGTON (May 22, 2006)–Budding field researchers, explorers and conservationists will now be able to get an early start on their dreams. A Young Explorers Grants Program, aimed at individuals ages 18 to 25, has been launched by the National Geographic Society.
Twenty-five to 50 grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 will be provided each year to a select number of young adults who apply. Applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of National Geographic’s existing grant-making bodies — the Committee for Research and Exploration, the Expeditions Council and the Conservation Trust.
“Few resources are currently available for young people who are hungry to pursue field science and exploration,” said Rebecca Martin, director of the Society’s Expeditions Council. “We’re excited about offering first-time opportunities to individuals who may be the world’s next generation of field researchers, explorers and conservationists.”
Information on grant applications is available at nationalgeographic.com/YEG.
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