Visiting Fellows Application

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 professional documentary practitioners (Visiting Fellows) and 10 Skidmore College student and faculty members to work on personal projects, receive and give critiques, and engage with the year’s theme. Documentary makers working 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.


The Institute runs from May 28- June 28, 2019 in Saratoga Springs, NY, a vibrant upstate community situated three hours from Boston, New York and Montreal. Saratoga Springs is a summer arts hub and home to many other creative centers including: Saratoga Arts Fest, Yaddo, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), the Tang Teaching Museum, the New York State Summer Writer’s Institute, and a much more.

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. It is more than a residency, it is also an intellectual community that spans diverse mediums, disciplines, ages and levels experience. In addition to having the space and time to focus on your own work in a beautiful setting, you will be responsible for both teaching and learning during the Institute. Your time will be 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). 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. Visiting Fellows will have the opportunity to present their work at Forum alongside an international group of  makers, scholars, activists and students.

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 Visiting Fellows.

 Fellowship includes: a $2500 honorarium, travel stipend, a public exhibition, room and board, 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. Visiting Fellows are expected to fully engage with institute events and be in residence for its duration (except for non-Forum weekends). 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.

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

Visiting Fellow, Jacqueline Olive presenting at the 2018 final exhibition fro the Storytellers’ Institute
Visiting Fellow, Javier Barboza, in his studio.
2018 Forum Panel with Viting Fellows, Javier Barboza and Sylvia Ryerson.