Apply for Magnum Foundation’s Photography and Social Justice Fellowship: Supporting Journalist in Advancing Human Rights

Deadline: 24 January 2017

Magnum Foundation’s Photography and Social Justice Program is currently open for applications to support and train early career and emerging photographers, artists, journalists, scholars, and activists who are passionate about challenging injustice, pursuing social equality, and advancing human rights through photography.

The Photography and Social Justice Program builds capacity and community among a diverse, international network of Fellows who have not had access to mentorship or training in photography but can demonstrate a commitment to activism and social justice.

Priority will be given to applicants from regions and communities where freedom of expression is limited. Using New York City as a cultural resource, the program provides space for interdisciplinary experimentation and cross-cultural, critical discourse at the intersection of photography and social justice.

Program Details

  • The Photography and Social Justice Fellowship takes place over the course of six months, and includes two laboratories, one in the summer and one the following winter, held at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York City that include technical trainings, lectures, and discussions exploring photography as a medium for social engagement.
  • In this six-month period, fellows also produce a body of work that aims to advance social justice in their communities with mentorship from accomplished photographers, artists, and others from Magnum Foundation’s network. During the laboratories in New York City, the Fellowship covers the cost of travel, room, and board.
  • Fellows also receive a modest stipend to support production of their projects.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Photography and Social Justice Fellows are selected by Magnum Foundation through a competitive online application process.
  • International Fellows must be from regions outside of the United States and Western Europe where there are few opportunities for training and little access to mentorship in photography.
  • International Fellows should not have had previous formal training in photography at the university level in the United States or Western Europe.
  • Photography and Social Justice Fellows must be proficient in spoken and written English.
  • All instruction will be in English and there will be no simultaneous translation for instruction or discussion during the course sessions.
  • All finalists for the fellowship will be interviewed to ensure verbal proficiency in English.
  • This year the Photography and Social Justice program will include Fellows from the United States, by invitation only.

Key Dates

  • January 24th: Applications due
  • Mid-February: Fellows Selected and notified
  • April–May: Online Sessions and Project Development
  • Laboratory 1: three weeks, June 5th–23rd 2017
  • Laboratory 2: one week, January 3rd –10th 2018

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

Eligible Countries

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso,  Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada,  Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, the Republic of China,   Colombia,  Comoros, Congo,  Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia , Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo,  Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador,  Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Republic of Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Federated States of Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal,  Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, United Republic of Tanzania, Thailand , Timor-Leste,  Togo, Tonga,  Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey,  Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

For more information, please visit Photography and Social Justice Fellowship.

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