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U.S. Department of State and National Geographic Society Announce Expert Panel for Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 5, 2014


The U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society announced today the members of the Blue Ribbon Panel who will nominate top candidates for the inaugural Fulbright–National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship. Recipients will be chosen through a multi-tiered, merit-based selection process beginning with reviews by U.S. and foreign academic leaders and area experts. Upon nomination by the Blue Ribbon Panel, final selections will be made by the presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

The Blue Ribbon Panel includes:
Chris Johns, editor in chief of National Geographic magazine and executive vice president and group editorial director of the National Geographic Society
Susan Goldberg, executive editor, text at National Geographic
Sarah Leen, director of photography, National Geographic magazine
Matt Mansfield, executive editor, digital at National Geographic
Dennis Dimick, executive editor, environment at National Geographic

The Fulbright–National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship is the newest component of the Fulbright Program. Awards will be offered to up to five U.S. citizens. Fellows travel to up to three countries for nine months and create multi-media stories on globally significant social or environmental topics, such as biodiversity, cities, climate change, cultures, energy, food, oceans, and water. Panelists and other members of National Geographic’s editorial team will provide mentorship throughout the Fellowship.

The Fellowship allows Fulbrighters to share their stories through National Geographic digital media platforms with the support of National Geographic’s editorial team. The Fellows will capture their stories through a variety of digital storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the National Geographic Society partnership highlights the growing importance of digital storytelling and promotes international exploration and greater understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries.

To view the National Geographic promotional video for this fellowship, visit

For more information and to apply for the Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship, visit

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