AT&T New Media fellowships

The Watson Institute for International Studies announces up to $3,500 support for AT&T New Media fellowships for the summer break of 2011 for Brown University students who:

  • are pursuing an innovative international project during 2011 summer break that addresses a global policy issue or critical need in society;
  • wish to document this experience with new media to engage an online global audience;
  • are willing and able to participate in a New Media Undergraduate Study Group during the spring 2011 semester, as well as participate in alarger community of student innovators understaking Brown fellowships during the summer of 2011;
  • are willing and able to keep a blog of their summer experience; and
  • are willing and able to produce a multimedia product (i.e. documentary film, podcast series, other audio/video) upon their return to be posted on the Watson Institute’s new Global Conversation website.
The AT&T New Media Fellows Program is intended to focus on international issues and global social change. By using new media, fellows will illustrate innovative ideas and approaches to critical challenges and produce highly visible results that will, in turn, help to promote and inspire international social entrepreneurship and citizen engagement on campus and beyond. These fellowships are made possible through generous grants made by the AT&T Foundation and AT&T Corp.; the first round of AT&T Media Fellowships was granted for the summer of 2010 and their work is documented on the Global Conversation website and in an article here.

The fellowships are highly competitive, and applicants should consider the following guidelines carefully:
  • Freshmen are ineligible;
  • Students should be on campus in the spring of 2011 to be eligible.
  • Preference will be given to students who have not received Watson fellowship funding in the past.
Important criteria for judgment will include a demonstrated commitment to international issues, a strong background in new media production, a manageable plan to achieve results during the course of the break, a strict adherence to the requirements and deadlines for deliverables, and a clear dedication to creating media output during and after your project.

Interested students are responsible for developing their own projects. Students will be loaned audio and/or video equipment to fulfill the new media requirements of the fellowship. Funding will be provided only for unpaid opportunities and will not cover fees to participate in study abroad, exchange, or other similar programs (e.g., Amigos). Students who are awarded and accept an AT&T New Media Fellowship may not accept other University summer funding.

Requirements of acceptance of this fellowship include:

* Participation in the New Media Undergraduate Study Group in the spring 2011 semester;
* Maintenance of a blog throughout the program;
* Production of an audio or video product to be finalized by the close of the fall 2011 semester that documents the project.

A Release and Waiver Form will be provided for all fellowship recipients and must be signed before the award is made. Students desiring to travel to countries on the State Department's travel warning list should schedule an appointment to meet with an OIP advisor in advance of applying for the fellowship to discuss their specific case. To do so, call 3-3555 or visit the office in J. Walter Wilson. If travel is approved, a supplementary waiver form will be required. PLEASE NOTE: Political circumstances and security situations abroad are always subject to change. Therefore, funding for travel to ANY country can be revoked at any time prior to departure if the destination is deemed by the Dean of the College, in consultation with the Director of International Programs and advisories by the US State Dept., to have become of high risk and acutely dangerous.

AT&T Media Fellowships support media production by students who are making public their ideas, opinions, observations, recommendations, and experiences in an international context. To the extent that the resulting media product is integrated into a student’s research for a senior thesis, capstone project, or other academically required research project, the student must receive approval from his or her advisor and consult the requirements of the University’s Institutional Review Board in advance to determine whether and how they apply.

Application information

The deadline to apply is Monday, February 28, 2011 by 5pm (EST). Please click here to return to the main fellowships page, from which the application can be accessed.
1 - Proposal, (not to exceed 3 pages with 12 point font, 1 inch margins, and 1.5 spacing), specifying:

* The work you propose to undertake
* Societal needs being addressed and/or relevance to contemporary global problems
* Your academic and experiential background which fits this project
* Your ability and intentions to fulfill the new media component of this fellowship (you are welcome to submit a sample audio or video product that you have produced if appropriate to your application)
* Your personal and educational goals in pursuing this project
* Budget, including estimated costs for:
o Travel
o Room
o Food
o Other in-country costs
o Pre-departure costs (vaccinations, documents, etc.)

Please note: Budget total may be more or less than the award, but students are responsible for any amount over $3,500.
2– Work plan Whether or not the winter project involves an official relationship with an organization, a detailed and credible workplan must be part of the application packet, and it must include a detailed plan for producing media and blogging.
3- Resume
4- Transcript (unofficial, student-issued pasted into a Word document is fine – please ensure student name is displayed)
5 - *Letter of support (if applicable - required for students pursuing an internship) from the agency with which you will be working. The letter should specify the need that will be addressed, the work you will undertake, the extent of the support which will be available to you from the agency, and their understanding of your project.
6 - *Letter of recommendation from a Brown faculty member who is familiar with your interest and experience relevant to your proposal.

*IMPORTANT: These letters should be emailed directly from the agency and recommender to Andrew_Gammon@brown.edu by 5 pm (EST) on Monday, February 28, 2011. Your application will not be considered complete until both have been received.

Only when email is impossible should they be mailed to:
Andrew Gammon
Box 1970, Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
For questions please contact Andrew Gammon at Andrew_Gammon@brown.edu
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