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General Criteria of Evaluation

  1. As with all Wenner-Gren awards, the main criteria of evaluation is the quality of the research underlying the film project and its potential contribution to anthropological knowledge, theory, and debate. Additionally, demonstrated ability in ethnographic documentary is essential for the Fejos award; for that reason the submission of sample audio-visual work by the applicant is a key element of the application.
  2. There is no preference for particular geographic areas or topics.
  3. Applications for the Fejos Postdoctoral Fellowship will also be judged on the following criteria:
    • The degree to which the proposed film reflects and communicates the results of the research upon which it is based.
    • Innovative aspects of the film project. For example, this might include collaborative work with film subjects/communities, formal innovation in shooting or editing, new forms of distribution to communities affected by the issues raised in the research or to broader publics, creative consideration of archiving film materials, shared copyright, and other forms of “shared anthropology.”
    • Integration of film/video with other media forms and/or written publication.
    • The quality of the film sample submitted by the applicant.
  4. The film project must be based on solid anthropological research carried out by the applicant. It is important to demonstrate the following:
    • How the film reflects the underlying research that forms the basis of the project.
    • That this underlying research is based on well-defined research questions.
    • That the underlying research provides appropriate data to answer/inform these questions.
    • That the research has significance for important theoretical and methodological issues in anthropology.
  5. The Foundation pays particular attention to the feasibility of the film project. It is important to have realistic goals in relation to the amount that you will be able to achieve within the time period of the fellowship. It is also important to demonstrate that you have the proper logistical support to complete your proposed project.
  6. At the time of application, applicants must demonstrate that they have the necessary cinematographic and other relevant media skills to bring their project to a successful conclusion. This will be judged on the information provided in the application as well as on the film sample submitted by the applicant.
  7. The Foundation is interested in funding proposals where there is a reasonable probability that the outcome will have a significant effect on the field of anthropology and beyond. It is important to make such a case for your work. Proposals with a narrow regional or topical focus are normally not competitive.
  8. Film projects based on research whose primary objective is to “fill in” knowledge about a culture, a region, a language, a site, or a primate species will not be competitive unless a further case can be made for the importance of the data to broader issues in anthropology.

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