Fellowship: Wonderful New Opportunity, Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship
Posted by Craig Zelizer on December 19, 2013 at 11:54am in Scholarship, Fellowship Opportunities and Academic Programs
Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship
for more info see http://us.fulbrightonline.org/fulbright-nat-geo-fellowship
The Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship is a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program that provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in up to three countries on a globally significant social or environmental topic. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society.
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 transnational issues and build ties across cultures.
Through the Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, Fulbrighters will undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue, comparing and contrasting how that issue is experienced across borders. Utilizing a variety of digital storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media, Fellows will tell their stories, or the stories of those they meet, publishing their work on National Geographic media platforms with the support of National Geographic’s editorial team.
In addition to receiving Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health, etc.), Fellows will receive instruction in digital storytelling techniques, including effective blog writing, video production, and photography, by National Geographic staff prior to their departure. Fellows will be paired with one or more National Geographic editors for continued training, editorial direction and mentoring throughout their Fulbright grant period. Fellows will provide material for a blog on the National Geographic website on a frequent and ongoing basis throughout their grant term, and will have the opportunity to develop additional content for use by National Geographic and the Department of State.
Applications will be accepted for Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowships in any country to which there is an active Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Click here to see which countries are eligible.
Candidates from all fields are encouraged to apply.
Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience and talent in digital storytelling. Candidates must have completed at least an undergraduate degree by the commencement of the Fulbright award.
For the 2014-15 academic year, applications will be accepted for projects focused on one or more of the following themes:
During the Fellowship, Fellows will be engaged in digital storytelling in various forms, which may include but are not limited to text, photography, graphic illustration, and video. Their stories will be disseminated digitally through National Geographic Society and Department of State platforms and associated social networking sites.
Fellows will be required to provide content for a National Geographic blog that will include but is not limited to text, photography, and video. National Geographic will provide training for participants and National Geographic editors will mentor and support Fellows as they produce digital stories throughout their grant period.
*Digital storytelling describes the practice of using digital tools to tell a story. Stories may combine text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media.
The 2014-15 Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Online Application will open on December 17, 2013. The deadline for submission is February 28, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
All application materials, including academic transcripts and letters of reference must be submitted in the Embark Online Application and Reference System by this date. Hard copy submissions will not be accepted.
Please review the instructions thoroughly before beginning the Embark online application as the application components are distinct from the general application.
Please carefully review the Fulbright – National Geographic Application Components, Application Tips, the Application Checklist, and Frequently Asked Questions sections, as the requirements differ from those of the traditional Fulbright grant.