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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. We offer two funding opportunities open to all Skidmore College students.

MDOCS SEE-Beyond Award

The MDOCS 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 significant 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. 

Students need to submit: 1. Application Form; 2. Application Essay; 3. Supervisor's Statement

Documentary Studies Summer Experience Award

Documentary Studies Summer Experience Awards are offered on a competitive basis to support Skidmore students of all majors who wish to undertake advanced independent, community-based or collective projects, summer internships in organizations or companies working in the documentary field or summer DS courses. On an exceptional basis, the Award may cover advanced classes not regularly offered at Skidmore College based on strong justification.

Awardees may receive up to $2,000 of funding

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

Student need to submit: 1. Application Form; 2. Statement of Intent (including budget, sample work, and equipment/space needs); 3. Faculty Recommendation letter

DEADLINE: Stay tuned for 2019!

Send application materials to with the subject "SEE-Beyond Application - [your name here]" or "DS Summer Experience Award - [your name here]"

The Fine Print:

Students who wish to apply for BOTH SEE-Beyond and Summer Experience funding:

- Must include a detailed budget with their submission. 

  • SEE-Beyond funds may be used at the student’s discretion to cover participation fees or tuition, travel expenses, and summer room and board. 
  • Summer Experience award offers may cover partial expenses

- MDOCS will take into account all funding awarded to the student for summer 2018 when evaluating applications. 

- Students may apply for both opportunities but may accept only one award.

- Students who have previously applied for and/or received Summer Experience or Academic Year funding are eligible to apply to both awards.

- 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.