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Project Description Questions

Question 1: Describe the research that forms the basis of this film project, its academic context and the conclusions that you have drawn. [one page]

When answering this question, applicants should clearly describe the research that underlies the film project, including the specific research questions and conclusions. They must make clear how their findings further anthropological debates and add to the existing academic literature. Applicants are advised to make sure that their theoretical claims are supported by appropriate evidence from their research. Be as detailed as possible in answering this question. The Foundation looks for proposals that acknowledge and discuss an applicant's research in the context of the large body of work done by international scholars. If aspects of this research have been published in the academic literature, please include references here and in the bibliography. We also expect a discussion of the filmic/media work that already exists on this topic or made in the area of the world where you do your research and a clear statement as to how your project builds on this work.


Question 2. Describe in detail the film or films that you plan to make during the Fellowship period. If you plan to integrate your film with other forms of media or traditional scholarly output please also describe this in detail. It is essential to demonstrate precisely how your film is derived from and reflects the academic research that forms its basis, and what it adds to our understanding of your findings beyond traditional written publication . [two pages]

It is important to be as detailed as possible in answering this question to convey a sense of the academic basis of the film as well as its innovative nature and its potential to convey the results of your research to the anthropological audience and beyond. If you plan to integrate your film with other forms of media, please describe the explicit nature of this integration and the added value of the integration.


Question 3. It is the attention of the Wenner-Gren Foundation that films that films are available for academic purposes. Describe how you plan to disseminate your film within the field of anthropology, to your film participants/community and beyond. Who will own rights to the film material and will compensation and rights be offered to the people represented in the film?[one-half page]

Please be as explicit as possible. We are not looking for generalities in the answers to this question, but rather for a well thought-out and creative plan. The Foundation is interested in funding projects that have the widest possible impact and the potential to bring anthropology and its relevance to the largest possible audience. The Foundation also takes seriously anthropology’s ethical obligations to share results with all relevant stake-holders.


Question 4. Describe the nature of the footage that will be employed and your timetable for the project. Is the footage already in hand? If not, what new or additional filming (and/or research) is necessary? Describe what needs to be achieved to bring the project to fruition. [one-half page]

It is important to give a good sense of the material that will be included in your film project. Endeavor to bring this material alive and demonstrate how it will enhance your cinematographic goals as outlined in Question 2. It is also necessary to demonstrate that you can complete the project within the funded time period.


Question 5. Describe your training and preparedness for producing an ethnographic film. Describe the resources that are at your disposal for film production and for any aspects of digital media that you intend to integrate in this project. If you intend to collaborate with your subjects, other academic or film personnel, please describe their role/s in the project and the nature of the collaboration. If additional funding is needed, please describe what is required and your strategy for obtaining these funds. [one page]

One of the Foundation’s primary funding criteria is feasibility. This question is your chance to describe the feasibility of your project. It is important to demonstrate that you have the skills and resources to complete your project within the allotted time period.


Question 6: The goal of the Wenner-Gren Foundation is to support original and innovative anthropology. What contribution is your film project expected to have on the field of anthropology and beyond? [one-half page]

The Fejos Postdoctoral Fellowship is very competitive. While many applications are examples of excellent research and interesting case studies, applicants must also be clear as to the uniqueness of the work and/or why it is an important contribution to the discipline of anthropology and beyond.

The Wenner-Gren Foundation defines anthropology in its broadest terms as a discipline that advances significant and innovative research about humanity's cultural and biological origins, development, and variation.

A successful application is one that emphasizes the contribution of the proposed project not only to the specific area being addressed but also to the broader field of anthropology.

Applicants should be explicit about the potential contribution of their film to anthropological theory and debate in the broadest possible sense. What relevance and/or impact would your film have for the field, the film participants and beyond? Applicants should note that the answer to this question must build on the arguments presented earlier in the proposal and clearly demonstrate how the film project will contribute to the relevancies claimed in the answer to this question.

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