2022 Sundance Institute | Humanities Sustainability Fellowship
Welcome to the application to the Sundance Institute | Humanities Sustainability Fellowship.
The Sundance Institute | Humanities Sustainability Fellowship will provide 20 direct, unrestricted stipends to supplement the income of U.S.-based underemployed nonfiction mediamakers whose work and livelihood have been grossly affected by the pandemic. Selected mediamakers working on humanities-focused projects will receive monthly stipends of $5,000 per month over the course of 12 months. Grantees will be paired with paid humanities advisors to support the mediamaker through the granting term (April 2022–March 2023) with dedicated mentorship, project advice, and other tailored non-financial support.
We hope that by providing mediamakers with monthly stipends, we will alleviate the financial burden the pandemic has had on the creative minds leading the field in recovery from the impacts of COVID, and by pairing artists with humanities advisors, we will help foster community and collaboration between humanities practitioners and mediamakers. Applicants from underrepresented communities in the humanities are greatly encouraged and will be prioritized.
This fellowship is part of the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grantmaking program (#SHARP), which is an emergency relief program intended to fund grantmaking programs that assist organizations and individuals working in the humanities who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and require support to restore and sustain their core activities. The funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Application opens: October 15, 2021
Application closes: December 1, 2021
Decisions announced: April 2022
To be eligible, you must be able to answer “true” to the prompts listed below:
I am a practicing mediamaker able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to my work, career, and public audiences.
I am a humanities professional who possesses formal education or training in the humanities as defined in the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965.
I am experiencing dire financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
I am currently depending on deferred income from my current project and not otherwise currently employed in my field.
I am 18 years of age or older.
I am a U.S. citizen or foreign national who has lived in the United States or its jurisdiction for at least the three years prior to December 31, 2021.
I am not currently enrolled in a degree-granting program.
I do not currently hold an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
I am not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of the Sundance Institute.
This application is open to mediamakers working in documentary film, audio/podcast mediums, and new forms of storytelling and creative expression. We encourage applicants from underrepresented communities within the humanities to apply. Applications at any stage of production are eligible, as long as the proposal is able to convey a strong vision for the finished project.
Projects that are actively being supported by a grant from the NEH or its grantees are not eligible to apply. Sundance Institute | Humanities Sustainability Fellowship is supported through the NEH Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (#SHARP) funding. Any person or project applying for these funds is eligible to receive funding through ONLY one of the three NEH funded documentary organizations: Firelight, ITVS, Sundance Institute.
WHAT WILL I NEED IN ORDER TO APPLY?
- Application checklist
Line-item expense budget
- Completed previous directing sample, any length or genre — optional
- Up to 30-minute visual sample of the current project
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I APPLY?
Applications go through a multistage review, with selected submissions sent for Sundance Institute committee consideration. The committee is composed of professionals working in media and the humanities. The committee meets to make selections regarding which projects are funded. Proposals to the Sundance Institute | Humanities Sustainability Fellowship are evaluated on several criteria, including depth of humanities content and approach, engaging storytelling, originality, feasibility, contemporary cultural relevance, potential to reach and connect with its intended audience, and depth of humanities content and approach. Applicants’ access to resources, both financial and creative, is also taken into consideration.
HOW DO I START MY APPLICATION?
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The Sundance Institute is committed to providing application assistance to applicants who require support with the application process. Directors or the key creative on a project who self-identify as artists who are deaf, hard of hearing, have a disability, or are living with a mental illness may request assistance at any stage of the application process. Support includes a limited amount of funding for the artist to hire someone for ASL interpretation and translation, or transcription and editing purposes, as well as to gather materials required to submit a grant application. This is not meant to be used to hire a grant writer or teaser editor, but rather to support an artist with a disability to submit their own grant application. To request assistance and for additional information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.