Storytellers' Institute 2016: Fact & Fiction
May 31 - July 1
SKIDMORE STUDENT & FACULTY FELLOW
The John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program in the documentary arts at Skidmore College that supports evidence-based, research-driven creative practice. MDOCS invites applications from Skidmore College students and faculty with documentary projects to participate as Skidmore College Fellows in the inaugural MDOCS Storyteller's Institute (June 1- July 2, 2015).
Skidmore College participants may propose a project on any theme and in any documentary method. The Institute welcomes projects from individual faculty or students.
Student application Friday, February 2, 2016.
Faculty applications are due on Friday, February 2, 2016.
The MDOCS Advisory Board will review applications and notify applicants of acceptance by March 1, 2016.
A complete application will be necessary to receive full consideration. Click here for more info about the Institute and its 2016 theme, Fact & Fiction. Please follow the instructions and fill out the form below.
Storytellers' Institute Projects & Proposals
- The Institute is an on-campus 5-week experience. The project should be defined in such a way as to permit completion of a substantial portion of the project by the end of the Institute.
- Participants in this summer Storytellers' Institute are expected to work from campus for the duration of the program. Students are expected to live on campus. However, if a small amount of remote off-site work is required, a project may involve up to 3 days spent at another location (e.g., as part of field work for data collection purposes). In this case, the proposal must include a rationale for this special request.
A student, faculty, or student/faculty team application will consist of:
- Application Form
- Personal Information
- Project Title & 500-word description
- Goals for the Institute -- up to 500 words describing the activities to be undertaken, and skills developed/used
- Space/Equipment Needs -- description of ideal working conditions, and Skidmore / personal resources needed to accomplish project goals
- Student Applicants: In addition to the Application Form, student applications will
- One Letter of Reference (1): Please provide one academic or professional reference that speaks both to your project and personal trajectory. Please ask your referee to submit the letter directly to storytellersinstitute(@)skidmore.edu.
- Each faculty participant on a five-week program will receive a stipend of $2,000. Depending on the level of external funding for a given project, faculty may receive a portion of the stipend or none at all.
- Each student participant on a five-week program will receive a stipend of $1,250. All students will receive free room and board on Skidmore's campus for the duration of the program. Because the program emphasizes the sharing of ideas and experiences, students are strongly urged to live on campus. In exceptional circumstances, students may be granted permission by the MDOCS Advisory Board to live off campus (in such cases the students will have to provide for their own housing). Whether living on or off campus, students are expected to participate in all Storytellers' Institute group activities.
- Applicants may apply for funds to purchase supplies and equipment of modest cost (not more than $750). Student or faculty/student applicants may also request funds to pay for the costs of travel to conferences where faculty/student teams will report the results of their project. The MDOCS budget for such costs is limited. Faculty are urged to use departmental funds as well to help pay for their costs.
- Faculty will not receive a stipend if they are funded by an outside source during the period of the Storytellers' Institute unless the level of salary funded by the outside source is less than that provided by this program. In such a case the faculty member may request supplementary salary up to the level specified above. However, faculty receiving a Storytellers' Institute grant may derive summer salary support from outside sources for the portion of the summer either prior to or after their period of commitment under this program.
FORM (Word Format): FACULTY STUDENT SUMMER RESEARCH PROPOSAL – APPLICATION COVER PAGE
The Cover Page must be attached to any materials submitted. Please include name of applicants on each page in case the application is separated.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
- Each proposal will be judged on the merits of the project, its feasibility, the clarity of presentation and the effectiveness of the presentation.
- Projects which have the potential for generating continuing work of an intellectually stimulating nature after the grant period has ended will be favored.
- Where proposals are equivalent in merit, selection of proposals will favor distribution of grants across the largest possible number of disciplines and stages in academic career.
- Only proposals from faculty who will return to the College for the following academic year will be considered.
- Priority may be given to students who have not graduated prior to the start date of the summer research collaborative grant award.
- This program is available to only those who apply to MDOCS' Storytellers' Institute.
- Storytellers' Institute participants will be selected by the MDOCS Advisory Board.
Other summer commitments that either the student or the faculty member may have must not interfere with the demands of this program. Please note that during the grant period students may not enroll in summer school since they are expected to commit to the project a minimum of 35–40 hours per week. The Storytellers' Institute and its events (both during the day and at night) shall be the priority over all other commitments.
Students will not be supported to stay on campus beyond the grant period for which
they have been funded. Faculty members are discouraged from teaching in summer school
or participating in any other grant program during the grant period.
Participants are expected to be present for all group sessions unless prior arrangements have been made with the Program Coordinator for the Faculty Student Summer Research Program when the awards are accepted. Participating teams will be given a schedule of expected dates for session participation.
All financial documentation and itemized receipts need to be submitted to the MDOCS Director by the end of the summer program.
All materials and/or equipment purchased with the aid of grant funding become the property of Skidmore College/MDOCS when the funded project is completed.
Participants are expected to present their work in a final presentation at the end of the Institute and to submit a progress report/media produced for MDOCS to store by July 15, 2016.