Apply for JGS Fellows

 

Call for 2018-2019 JGS Fellows

Thanks to a generous grant from the Joy of Giving Something, Inc., (JGS), Imagining America (IA) invites publicly engaged students who work with photography and/or digital media from our member institutions to apply for a 2018-2019 JGS Fellowship. Selected fellows will commit to a year-long learning exchange that includes tuition support, project support, and opportunities for professional development.

 

About

The goal of the JGS Fellows Program is to elevate photography and digital media as pathways for students to pursue their careers and to make a difference in their communities. The program specifically aims to support students for whom economic and family circumstances render such career pathways particularly challenging.

 

Program Outline

Over the course of the fellowship year, each fellow will:

  • Receive a $2,000 tuition scholarship, dispersed across fall and spring semesters.
  • Receive mentorship and $450 in financial support for each Fellow’s community projects.
  • Attend the 2018 Imagining America National Conference on October 19-21, 2018 in Chicago. Complimentary registration and travel awards are included.
  • Participate in regular, virtual learning exchanges.
  • Be connected to the consortium’s national network of scholars, educators, artists, and community organizers.

 

Timeline:

April – May 2018 Application Period
June – July 2018 Selection and notification of fellows
August – September 2018 Orientation and virtual exchanges
October 2018 Participation of fellows in Imagining America National Conference
November 2018 – May 2019 Commence community projects, and continue virtual mentorship and learning exchanges
June 2019 Fellows submit summary of accomplishments, and close of 2018-2019 cohort year

 

Application

To be considered, students must include the following in their application:

  • A completed application form, which includes an essay response of no more than 500 words;
  • Three work samples representative of your creative practice and demonstrating your skills in photography and/or digital media;
  • A copy of your SAR from FAFSA for the 2018-19 academic year or equivalent financial aid report;
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member at your undergraduate institution, or a community organization member. Recommenders should send email letters directly to jgtruong@ucdavis.edu.

 

Essay Prompt

Please address at least one of the questions listed below for your essay response. Responses should reflect your creative process, personal experiences and skills you have with a community organization, and outcomes you hope to achieve by connecting your photography or digital media skills with your community work. (500 word limit)

• What motivates you to use photography or digital media in your community or public engagement?

• What was a pivotal moment that occurred for you doing this work?

• What obstacles have you faced in realizing your community or public work, and how have you continued through them?

 

Link to Application: Click Here

Students of all majors/areas of study are welcome to apply.
Submission deadline: Thursday, May 31 by the end of the day.

Please contact the program manager, Jeremy Truong, with any questions at jgtruong@ucdavis.edu.

Fellows will be announced in July. Tuition scholarships will be dispersed in two parts, half at the beginning of the fall semester, and the second half at the beginning of the spring semester.