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CDS Launches New Undergraduate Fellowships in the Documentary Arts

The Center for Documentary Studies. Photograph by Hannah Colton.

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to launch a new initiative for Duke University undergraduates in Spring 2015, when the first Research in Practice Program (RIPP) Fellowships in the Documentary Arts will be awarded. The Fellows will complete and present for the public at the end of the semester a CDS faculty-advised documentary project on social issues, which might be a film, photo exhibit, website, audio recording, or magazine-length article, among many possible options. The mentoring and professional practices program is an independent studies arrangement that strengthens bonds between students and CDS faculty and builds in more time for projects to mature outside the confines of a regular course, with faculty guiding the students in conceiving of and implementing the most appropriate outcome for their work.

Applicants must have already completed at least one Documentary Studies (DOCST) course and undertaken an intensive period of documentary fieldwork. For more information on the RIPP Fellowships in the Documentary Arts, including application instructions, click here.

“The RIPP Fellowships in the Documentary Arts add a new dimension to our undergraduate teaching and research program,” says Christopher Sims, Undergraduate Education Director at CDS. “By supporting some of our most engaged students, the fellowships will directly impact the production of well-crafted and deeply observed documentary work. This initiative will push students to think how and where their work can travel off-campus in a finished form, where it can engage audiences, spark conversations, and make lasting impressions.”

Applications for Spring 2015 will be accepted on a rolling basis until January 9, 2015, until all spots are filled.

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