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Four Scholarships in Photography & Human Rights

The Magnum Foundation announces 4 scholarships for the 2012 NYU/Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights Program.

The Magnum Foundation is pleased to announce that 4 scholarships will be available for the 2012 NYU/Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights Program.

The scholarship funds cover the 6-week program at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, housing, travel, and living expenses, as well as additional cultural activities in New York with the opportunity to meet editors, publishers, and visit some of the most prestigious photography museums and galleries.

The four scholarships are open to applicants living and working in, and native to any of the following regions: Latin America, the Caucasus Region, Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, East Asia, South Asia, Africa, or the Middle East.

Support for these scholarships has been generously provided by the Open Society Foundations and Nancy Stephens and Rick Rosenthal of The Rosenthal Family Foundation.

About the Program

The Department of Photography & Imaging at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Magnum Foundation present programming in photography and human rights for the third summer, spearheaded again by Professor Fred Ritchin of the Department and Susan Meiselas of the Magnum Foundation.

The scholarship is aimed at intermediate and advanced international students, including experienced professionals. The six-week program is comprised of four courses and is designed to enable students to explore strategies for creating effective documentary projects in pursuit of human rights. Students will propose multimedia or traditional presentation strategies for their photo essays, which they will develop through two studio courses. A lecture course will provide participants with an opportunity to look at photography’s strengths and weaknesses, both real and imagined, in attempting to determine new strategies for its use as both society and technology evolve. The final component is a discussion and writing course correlating with a public guest lecture series featuring speakers from the fields of photojournalism, law, and media. Scholarship fellows will remain in New York for an additional week to meet with local editors, publishers, and other experts in the field and explore museums, galleries, and other cultural resources.

More information about the program, including updates, can be found on the NYU website at

Applicants must be fluent in the English language.

About the Application Process (Applications Accepted November 29th- December 19th)

Materials should include:

1. A Statement of Purpose
(750 words max- pdf format)

2. A description of a human rights related project you would like to pursue
(250 words max- pdf format)

3. A portfolio of 20 photographs by the student
(Labeled: First Name, Last Name, 001, 002, etc) please note: this will involve 2 uploads of 10 pictures each 72 dpi at 900 pixels wide

4. A CV/resume
(Applicant must specify region and include educational background- pdf format).

To start the application process from November 29th - December 19th, go to: *

Applications submitted before November 29th or after December 19th will not be accepted.

*If you already have a photoshelter account, please directly

Applications will be judged by the NYU faculty in collaboration with the Magnum Foundation. Winners will be named at the beginning of January.

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