Deadline: 15 December 2021
Open to: nonfiction writers, documentary filmmakers, photojournalists, podcasters and multimedia creators
Benefits: coverage of tuition and residency fees, travel stipend and other benefits
The Logan Nonfiction Program is a hybrid fellowship for nonfiction writers, documentary filmmakers, photojournalists, podcasters and multimedia creators. The fellowship combines virtual and in-person programming in two classes per year of 10-12 fellows per class.
Fellowships are 10 weeks in length and occur in New York’s spring and late summer. The program includes:
- Two nonconsecutive weeks in person at the Carey Institute for Global Good’s historic 100-acre campus in upstate New York. Fellows can expect the in-person schedule to consist of:
- Workshopping with expert mentors in the Carey Institute’s breakout meeting rooms.
- Peer-to-peer feedback sessions on the 100-acre grounds.
- Informal fireside chats with award-winning media makers in the campus’s historic homes.
- Film screenings in the Institute’s auditorium.
- Social activities in the Carriage House Restaurant on campus.
- Free time for hiking, solitude or silent work hours.
- Eight weeks of virtual residency programming to take place in the fellow’s own home. The in-person residency bookends eight weeks of virtual programming, which consists of up to three video meetings per week. The virtual residency provides for additional workshopping with mentors, peer-to-peer feedback discussions, social events, focused coworking sessions, and both structured and informal conversations with journalism and nonfiction experts.
Fellows are required to attend residential sessions on campus and are strongly encouraged to log in for as many virtual sessions as possible. Below are tentative program dates for 2022. Dates are subject to change until finalized.
April 2 – June 11
(Tentative residential dates are April 2-9 and June 4-11.)
July 16 – September 24
(Tentative residential dates are July 16-23 and September 17-24.)
NOTE: In the event of mass travel restrictions, a government–sanctioned quarantine related to the COVID-19 pandemic and/or Institute-wide guidelines impacting the in-person residential portion of the fellowship, the Logan Nonfiction Program will put a virtual-only program into effect for accepted fellows.
- The Logan Nonfiction Program accepts deeply reported nonfiction projects from:
– Nonfiction writers and journalists.
– Documentary filmmakers.
– Podcasters and radio reporters.
– Multimedia creators.
- Applicants must be at work on a long-form project in order to apply (e.g.: an article, book, film, podcast, etc.). The project must be wholly nonfiction and rely on in-depth interviews and original research for sourcing.
- We are particularly interested in supporting projects that examine the most pressing issues of the day, including but not limited to: conﬂict and security; democracy and governance; education; environment and climate change; food security; gender, race, sexual orientation, disability and intersectionality; globalization; health; inequality and exclusion; media and journalism; social justice; and sustainability and resilience.
- We encourage and accept applications from creators at all stages of work — from preparing an outline to completing a final draft or from storyboarding a narrative to wrapping up a final cut. Whatever stage of completion, we ask that fellows commit to a plan of action for what they hope to achieve during the program (with the understanding that the work plan may be revised following the commencement of the fellowship and first expert mentoring session.)
- Fellows are selected for the program based on the quality, relevance, professional experience and promise of the applicant’s work.
Academics, Memoirists & Non-Professional Journalists:
We accept applications from academics and non-professional journalists with the requirement that the intended audience of the project is the general public. Memoirists are welcome to apply with projects that address wider themes and include significant reporting outside of the first-person narrative.
The Logan Nonfiction Program has a long tradition of internationalism and welcomes applicants from around the world. Professionals who work in languages other than English are welcome to apply if they can supply samples of work in translation as well as in the original language. A working knowledge of English is necessary for international applicants. The Logan Nonfiction Program does not provide an interpreter for residents.
Small groups of two to three individuals wishing to work collaboratively are encouraged to apply. Each member of the group will need to submit an individual application.
- Accepted fellows do not need to pay tuition or residency fees.
- Lodging, meals, workspace, professional guidance and community are provided during the two non-consecutive weeks in person at the Carey Institute for Global Good’s historic 100-acre campus in upstate New York.
- One-on-one formal mentoring sessions with experts in the fellow’s medium, both in person and online.
- Capacity-building panels from award-winning journalists and filmmakers.
- Film screenings.
- Peer-to-peer workshopping with other fellows.
- Access to virtual coworking spaces to encourage productivity and focus.
- Informal virtual social spaces and social hours plus sessions focused on professional and personal well-being.
- Stipends to be used for travel to and from the Carey Institute in upstate New York.
- Membership in an alumni group of more than 240 exceptional nonfiction creators.