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Fejos Postdoctoral Fellowships (ethnographic film)

Cast of the Last Performance (1927)

Fejos Postdoctoral Fellowships (ethnographic film) provide up to $40,000 towards the completion of an ethnographic film that is based on anthropological research already accomplished by the applicant. The fellowship is awarded to early career scholars, who frequently lack the time and resources they need for film production. Applicants should be no more than ten years beyond their PhD, with allowances made for periods of caregiving, and have a doctorate in anthropology or an equivalent field. A maximum of four full Fejos Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded annually.

By providing funds for scholars to devote themselves to full-time work on a research-related film, the Foundation aims to enable a new generation of scholars to present their work via this medium. Broadly speaking, we seek to support projects that will have an impact on the field of anthropology -- as well as outreach beyond the academy -- through the support of exciting new and innovative work in the field of ethnographic film.

The fellowship is named after Paul Fejos, who was an early ethnographic film maker (1935-1941) and the first director of the Wenner-Gren Foundation (1941-1963).  (For an historical overview of Fejos's career as a flimmaker and a detailed description of the ethographic films resulting from his expedition to Madagascar and the Seychelles, read Jesper Andersen's piece "Under the Tropical Sun: Paul Fejos's Film Expedition to Madagascar and the Seychelles 1935-36." for the Danish Film Institute's Kosmorama newsletter and blog.)

Paul Fejos was an innovator in his time and in honor of Fejos’ legacy, we encourage innovation in film making in terms of process, formal approaches, and the integration of film/video with other forms relevant to visual anthropology (e.g. social media, web-based platforms, crowd-sourced production, and other media platforms that offer new ways of developing outreach to diverse communities). Because "innovation" is more than simply the way things look on screen or the use of social media, the Fejos Fellowship encourages new approaches to the ethics of representing diverse social worlds through a public form, and to rights to materials and copyright.

There is no preference in this fellowship for any particular underlying research methodology, research location or subfield. The main requirements are that the proposed film is firmly rooted in the applicant’s completed research, is innovative in approach, and has the potential for a broad impact both within and beyond the discipline.

Fejos Postdoctoral Fellowships are nonrenewable, and provide US $40,000 of financial support for nine months of continuous full-time work on the project. Applicants requesting shorter time periods will receive a pro-rated award as appropriate. It is Foundation policy that Institutional Overhead or Institutional Support is not covered under this fellowship. Applicants can apply regardless of institutional affiliation, country of residence, or nationality. There is one annual application deadline on May 1. Final decisions are made six months after the application deadline.

Applicants must submit their applications using the Foundation's online application submission procedure.

For more detailed information on eligibility, requirements and application procedures; please refer to the links below:

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