Skidmore Faculty and Staff Application

Amber Wiley, Storytellers’ Faculty Fellow

The annual Storytellers’ Institute sponsored by the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) is a five-week residency during the month of June at Skidmore College. The institute brings together four- five professional documentary practitioners (Visiting Fellows) and eight-ten Skidmore College student and two faculty members to work on personal projects, receive and give critiques, and engage with the year’s theme. The Storytellers’ Institute is a hybrid artistic-academic experience that combines the freedom and space to work on independent projects with the fulfillment of mentoring the next generation of practitioners. Time is divided between independent work and Institute activities (such as critique sessions, opportunities to share work with the public, networking events, skill building, and group outings organized around the theme). Documentary projects in all mediums –– sound, film, video, word, performance, installation, etc –– are welcome.

2019 applications are now closed. Please check back in September for our 2020 open call.


Listen to past fellows talk about their experience.
Hear the Institute Director talk about what the Storytellers’ Institute means to her.
Check out our talented 2018 Faculty Fellows

The Institute runs from May 28- June 28, 2019 on the Skidmore campus. Faculty and Staff are encouraged to have an idea of the skill and project development support they need in order to achieve their project goals. There will be time provided during the 2018 spring semester to meet with the Institute Director Sarah Friedland, and supporting Storytellers’ staff to discuss logistics and project needs. If needed, one-on-one workshops may be provided for skill-building and other technical support. One of the highlights of the institute is MDOCS Forum, a weekend-long conference combining festival presentations of artistic work with symposium-style conversations around the annual theme. Faculty and Staff Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with Forum alongside an international group of  makers, scholars, activists and students.

Faculty Fellowship includes: a $2000 stipend, workspace, and access to Skidmore facilities

Applications Deadline: December 15, 2018

A complete application with all materials is necessary for consideration. Priority is given to those working most closely with the annual theme who have an interest in teaching and mentorship. Faculty and Staff  are expected to fully engage with the institute.  Please take a look at the schedule for last year’s Storytellers’ Institute here and expect that the 2019 Institute will follow a similar schedule.

Community Meal
Institute Faculty, Adam Tinkle, in a critique session
“Knowledge Share” presentation