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Summer Funding Opportunities

Planning on working in documentary this summer? Whether your interest is an internship, independent project, or other opportunity, MDOCS would like to help you achieve your goals. There are three funding opportunities open to Skidmore College students of all majors and minors.

Documentary Summer Experience Award

The Documentary Summer Experience Award supports students who show a strong passion for documentary work and who are ready to go pursue their own creative projects in independent, collaborative, and/or community-based settings. Funding may be used to cover production costs or stipends to allow them to pursue their summer experience. Students are especially encouraged to continue a project they began during the school year, to get an early start on a major project for the subsequent school year, or to develop competency in a new documentary modality (e.g. through taking a DS course over the summer). There is no required minimum of hours or duration to be considered. 

Awardees may receive up to $1,000 of funding

Check out some of the projects done with the Summer Student Doc Experience Award from summer 2016 and summer 2017.

Requirements: 1. Application Form; 2. Statement of Intent; 3. Detailed budget

DEADLINE: Friday, March 22 @ noon (send to mdocs@skidmore.edu)

SEE-Beyond Award

The SEE-Beyond Award invites Skidmore students in any major or minor to explore new documentary and creative research techniques, technologies, or modes of inquiry or expression; to apply their academic-year learning to real-world challenges; and to clarify the interrelationship between their educational and post-baccalaureate goals.

See-Beyond Awards may be used to support field or laboratory research, internships, artistic residencies, workshops, apprenticeships, or productions. However, you design the experience that best suits your needs.  This list is not exhaustive nor is it meant to be prescriptive.  Any experience that puts your classroom learning into practice or that deepens your knowledge or understanding of the discipline may be supported. 

Awardees will receive a $4,000 stipend for a summer experience of 7 –10 weeks. Experiences of shorter duration may be considered with proper justification but please note that this is a competitive award and proposals are evaluated with regard to the substance and rigor of the proposed experience. For more information, click here.

Requirements: 1. Application Form; 2. Application Essay; 3. Supervisor's Statement

DEADLINE: Friday, March 22 @ noon (send to mdocs@skidmore.edu)

CDC’s Summer Experience Award

The CDC offers a number of awards specific to particular industries, along with a general summer award that anyone can apply for. Students must apply for all CDC awards they are eligible for in order to be considered (most share a common application), and must complete a minimum of 250 hrs. in order to receive full funding. For students interested in documentary or media work, click here to check out these three funding options below:

1. CDC’s Summer Experience Fund (SEF) – General

2. Film Industry Award
*Requires Faculty Letter of Recommendation

3. The Photography, Documentary Studies, Media/Publishing Award


Requirements: 1. Application Form (on Handshake); 2. Resume; 3. Essay Form (on Handshake); 4. Faculty Recommendation (if indicated)

DEADLINE: Monday, March 25 @ noon
All materials must be submitted through Handshake with the exception of the faculty recommendation letter which can be sent to internshipfunding@skidmore.edu


The Fine Print:

- Students may apply (and are encouraged to!) for both opportunities but may accept only one award.

- Students who have previously applied for any of the awards above in previous years, are still eligible to apply in 2019 

- Priority will be given to students pursuing documentary opportunities distinct from those offered during the academic year

- Priority may be given to students who have not previously received Summer Experience funding.