John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative
John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative

 Storytellers' Institute 2017: Space and Place


Deadline Extended: January 6, 2016 

The third Storytellers' Institute (May 30-June 30, 2017) seeks evidence-based storytellers engaged in telling stories that matter, in any medium (sound, film, photography, multimedia, spoken or written word, etc.). We invite Scholars' Applications from Skidmore College students and faculty working on documentary projects on any theme (doesn't have to involve Space and Place). It's highly recommended that applicants have skills in at least one form of documentary production. Invitations to applicants will be extended by January 20, 2017 for up to 10 Scholar positions.

PLEASE NOTE: Student Scholars are required to take the 1-credit Storytellers' Prep course (DS 251A 001) in the 2017 Spring semester, Friday afternoons from 1:50 pm - 3:10 pm.

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The Storytellers' Institute is run by the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS), an interdisciplinary undergraduate program in documentary studies at Skidmore College. The Institute runs from May 30- June 30, 2017 on the Skidmore campus and in the surrounding region.

The Institute is a hybrid artistic-academic experience that combines the freedom and space to work on independent projects with the active engagement of sharing passions with documentary practitioners. Exchanges and synergies are encouraged amongst Fellows (practitioners) and Scholars to get to know each other, each others' projects and goals, and participate in an intellectually challenging environment.

Time will be divided between independent work and Institute activities (such as critique sessions, public events, and group outings organized around the theme). In the first week, Scholars will introduce their project to the Institute community. Over the next four weeks, they will be mentored by MDOCS staff & Institute Fellows in a series of workshops and individual consultations. It is expected that Scholars propose a project that permits for a substantial portion to be completed by the end of the Institute. Their advanced work will be presented in the final week of the Institute. 


Accepted Student Scholars:

Accepted Faculty Scholars:

Applicants may apply for funds to purchase supplies and equipment of modest cost (no more than $500). Student or Faculty applicants may also request funds to pay for the costs of travel to conferences where they 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.

Please write to for a full list of production resources and facilities available at Skidmore.


A complete application will be necessary to receive full consideration. 


Please e-mail the first two items below to

Includes space for personal and professional information, work samples, project description, and statement of purpose.

Please provide one academic or professional letter of reference that speaks both to your project and personal trajectory. Your referee should send directly to



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. Faculty members are discouraged from teaching in summer school or participating in any other grant program during the grant period.

Students will not be supported to stay on campus beyond the grant period for which they have been funded. Permission for off-campus housing may be granted upon special request, but it will not be covered financially by the Institute.

All financial documentation and itemized receipts for approved travel and/or project purchases need to be submitted to the MDOCS Program Coordinator by June 30, 2016. 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 Final Report along with any media produced during the Institute to the MDOCS Program Coordinator by August 1, 2016.