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Logan Nonfiction Program Application Guidelines

Fellowship Details

The Logan Nonfiction Program offers two fellowship classes per year—one in the fall (October-December) and one in the spring (February-April).

We welcome between 10-20 nonfiction writers, documentary filmmakers, photojournalists, podcasters and multimedia creators per class. Fellows are provided lodging, meals, workspace, professional guidance and community.

Fellowships range between 5-10 weeks and take place on the Carey Institute for Global Good’s historic 100-acre campus in upstate New York. 

Eligibility 

The Logan Nonfiction Program accepts applications from:

  • Nonfiction writers
  • Photojournalists
  • Documentary filmmakers
  • Podcasters and radio reporters
  • Multimedia creators

Applicants must be at work on a long-form project in order to apply (e.g.: an article, book, film, collection, podcast, etc.).

We do accept applications from academics and non-professional journalists, as long as the intended audience of the project is the general public.

We are particularly interested in supporting projects that examine the most pressing issues of the day, including but not limited to: conflict and security; democracy and governance; education; environment and climate change; food security; gender, race, sexual orientation, disability and intersectionality; globalization; health; inequality and exclusion; media and journalism; social justice; and sustainability and resilience.

Fellows are selected for the program based on the quality, relevance, professional experience and promise of the applicant’s work.

The Logan Nonfiction Program is committed to building a diverse and inclusive class of fellows. The Carey Institute does not discriminate in its programs and activities against anyone on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, physical ability or disability, HIV status or veteran status.

The building that houses our residents is wheelchair accessible and does not have stairs. Handrails are in all resident bathrooms. The terrain is hilly and many of our buildings were built in the 1800s; we encourage applicants to reach out to the program manager with any questions or concerns.

Application Deadlines

For the Spring class (February-April), apply by October 15 each year.

For the Fall class (October-December), apply by June 15 each year.

Application Process

Interested applicants should apply online here. Please be sure to submit all required attachments online. Two letters of recommendation should be emailed directly to nonfiction@careyinstitute.org.

Applications are reviewed and evaluated by a rotating selection committee against a number of pre-determined criteria to determine a shortlist of finalists.

Finalists’ applications are presented to the Advisory Board for their review and approval.

Once a class has been approved by the Advisory Board, successful applicants will be notified in writing and provided with registration information. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified that they have been unsuccessful or that they should re-apply for a subsequent class.

Notification of Results

Spring (February-April) applicants will be notified by mid-August.

Fall (October-December) applicants will be notified by mid-December.

Application Components

Application Form: All applicants should submit an online application here.For those without reliable Internet access, please contact us at nonfiction@careyinstitute.org for a Word-based or mailed application form.

CV: Please be sure to include a detailed work and publishing history (with links where applicable) in your CV. Also note any previous fellowships or residencies, as well as education and professional experience.

Work Sample: Your work sample should be taken from the piece you plan to pursue during the fellowship. The sample should convey the spirit of the piece as well as your technical/craft abilities. You can provide a consecutive sample or a collection.

If you are in the beginning stages of your project, please provide a detailed synopsis and chapter/scene outline.

For print—no more than 40 pages, double-spaced.

For film and radio—no more than 15 minutes of footage.

Cover Letter: Cover letters should be no more than two pages maximum. Your cover letter should demonstrate your interest in the program, a brief professional history and an overview of your project (including what you hope to accomplish in fellowship). Please also note how you heard about the program.

Letters of Recommendation:

Two letters of recommendation are required. Recommenders should email letters directly to Carly Willsie, Program Manager, at nonfiction@careyinstitute.org.

Fees & Financial Information

There is no fee to apply to the Logan Nonfiction Program. Accepted fellows do not need to pay tuition or residency fees, but do need to fund their travel to the area. There is no reporting stipend or grant associated with the program.

Collaborations

Small groups (2 to 3 individuals) of journalists wishing to work collaboratively are encouraged to apply. Each member of the group will need to submit an individual application. 

International Applicants

The Carey Institute has a strong tradition of internationalism, and welcomes applicants from around the world. Professionals who work in languages other than English are welcome to apply if they can supply samples of work in translation as well as in the original. A working knowledge of English is necessary for international applicants. The Carey Institute does not provide an interpreter for residents.

QUESTIONS?

Email us at nonfiction@careyinstitute.org.

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