Skidmore Student and Non- Skidmore Student Application

Student-Led VR Workshop ’17 Institute

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 highly skilled, professional documentary practitioners (Visiting Fellows) and eight-ten Skidmore College students and two faculty members to work on personal projects, receive and give critiques, and engage with the year’s theme. This year, we hope to open this experience up to non- Skidmore Students as well! The Storytellers’ Institute is a hybrid artistic-academic experience that combines the freedom and space to work on independent projects with the guidance of practitioners and select faculty members and staff. 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).

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 the incredibly talented 2018 Student Fellows.

The Institute runs from May 28- June 28, 2019 on the Skidmore campus. Students applying to the Storytellers’ Institute are required to take the 2-credit course that runs during the Spring 2018 semester. During this course, students are given the opportunity to develop a project idea and work on skills to help them achieve their goals. Students do not need to have a project proposal ready for the start of class, but rather are encouraged to have some ideas in mind that they are open to workshopping and discussing further with the instructor, Institute Director Sarah Friedland, and their fellow classmates.

Skidmore Student Fellowship includes: a $1250 stipend, room and board, workspace, and access to Skidmore facilities

Non- Skidmore Fellowship includes: workspace, and access to Skidmore facilities,

**We are very excited to support non- Skidmore students at the Institute, but do not have the resources to fund their stay at Skidmore at this time. We require that non- Skidmore Students live on campus with the other fellows and receive a Skidmore meal plan for the duration of the Institute. This is an integral part of the community building of the Institute.  If you are a non-Skidmore student, please be aware that you must provide your own funding for the Storytellers’ Institute. The total to cover room and board at Skidmore for the duration of the Storytellers’ Institute is $2000 without a stipend.

Applications Deadline: Skidmore Students- October 24th, 2018, Non- Skidmore Students- December 15th

Remember to have one letter of recommendation sent to before the deadline or your application will not be considered.

The 2019 Storytellers’ Institute will hold two priority spots for Skidmore Opportunity Program students and two priority spots for Skidmore international students.

Student Fellows enjoying the beautiful Capital Region
Student Fellow, Emily Egan, presenting at the 2018 Final Exhibition.
Student-led Workshop in Animation