March 1 Deadline for the John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards

2012 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Award winner David Mayer in Germany during the filming of his project—a documentary on the Holocaust story of his grandfather. Video still.

This year marks the twenty-third anniversary of the John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards, given to undergraduates attending Triangle-area universities to help them conduct summer-long documentary fieldwork projects. The annual awards are given by the Center for Documentary Studies and are named for the noted scholar John Hope Franklin, the late professor emeritus of history at Duke University, in recognition of his lifetime accomplishments and his dedication to students and teaching.

Entries will be accepted in February 2013 and must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2013. Awards of up to $2,000 will be made by April  2013.

View application guidelines and past winners here.

Student applicants should demonstrate an interest in documentary studies and possess the talent and skills necessary to conduct an intensive documentary project. These skills may include oral history, photography, film/video, nonfiction or creative writing, audio, or an active interest in community service programs. Applicants must be registered undergraduate students at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. CDS welcomes both individual and collaborative proposals. This grant is intended to fund sustained work on summer projects. The winners’ final projects will be archived at Duke.


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