Please note: Magnum Foundation will not be accepting applications for the Photography & Human Rights Fellowship for the Summer of 2016. This year will be spent working with the current network of Fellows on collaborative projects. Applications for the 2017 Fellowship will open in the Fall of 2016.
Every year, Magnum Foundation offers scholarships for participation in an intensive, six week program at New York University (NYU) in New York City. Students will explore strategies for creating effective visual stories with the aim of advancing Human Rights in their home counties. Read about the experiences and work of 2014 Fellows Mohammed Elshamy, Sumeja Tulic, Pedro Silveira and Abbas Hajimohammadi.
WHO is eligible to apply?
> Young and emerging photographers, journalists, students and/or activists who are:
> Living and working outside of North America and Western Europe
> Have never studied photography in North America or Western Europe
> Have a strong command of the English language
> Are deeply committed to advancing human rights in their home countries
WHAT do I need to apply?
> 1 photographic essay highlighting a human rights issue in your home country
> Captions for all photographs
> 3 essay-question responses
> A resume
WHAT does the Fellowship include?
> Full tuition (6 credits)
> Living accommodations at NYU
> Travel to New York and around the city
> A food stipend
WHEN does the Fellowship take place?
> The Fellowship takes place in the summer of 2015, exact dates to be announced in January 2015.
The Photography & Human Rights Program is co-organized by Magnum Foundation and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
>Students take three courses:
- A studio course, where students develop a photographic essay on a local human rights issue in New York City
- A lecture course, where students examine the strengths and weaknesses of the photographic medium in effecting positive social change
- A discussion and writing course, where students learn from guest lecturers from the fields of photojournalism, media and law.
> Students study under Susan Meiselas/Magnum and Fred Ritchin
Two scholarships, supported by Open Society Foundations, are awarded to photographers working in China and Egypt. An additional scholarship, funded by the Geneviève McMillan-Reba Stewart Foundation, is given to a female photographer working and living in the Middle East. The other scholarships for 2015 are not country-specific.
For more information about the program, please visit the program’s web page through NYU
Past participants have gone on to become a stringer for The New York Times in China, a regular contributor to TIME reporting on events in Bangladesh, and a winner of the Prince Claus Award for exemplary photo activism in Kenya, among many other achievements.
Anastasia Vlasova, 22, Ukraine
Basel Alyazouri, 19, Palestine
Chery Dieu Nalio, 33, Haiti
Muyi Xiao, 23, China
Nour Kelze, 27, Syria
Sipho Mpongo, 22, South Africa
Xyza Cruz Bacani, 27, Philippines
Abbas Hajimohammadi, 30, Iran
Loubna Mrie, 22, Syria
Mohammed Elshamy, 19, Egypt
Pedro Silveira, 29, Brazil
Sumeja Tulic, 28, Bosnia
Yuyang Liu, 22, China
Eman Helal, 27, Egypt
Lijie Zhang, 31, China
Pattabi Raman, 37, India
Ramin Mazur, 25, Moldova
Santiago Arcos, 21, Ecuador
Poulomi Basu, 29, India
Arthur Bondar, 28, Ukraine
Liu Jie, 30, China
Pooyan Tabatabaei, 28, Iran
Taslima Akhter, 37, Bangladesh
Nazik Armenakyan, 34, Armenia
Boniface Mwangi, 27, Kenya
Manca Juvan Hessabi, 30, Slovenia
Karen Mirzoyan, 27, Armenia
Sim Chi Yin, 32, Singapore
(splash image © Nour Kelze)