Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellowship 2019 (Fully-funded to New York City)

The Magnum Foundation invites applications for the Photography and Social Justice Fellowship 2019. Magnum Foundation’s Photography and Social Justice Program expands diversity and creativity in the field of documentary photography through capacity-building and critical explorations of photography and social change.

Passionate about challenging injustice, pursuing social equality & advancing human rights through photography? Apply for the Photography and Social Justice Fellowship for early-career practitioners to deepen their engagement with visual storytelling.

Each year, the program supports a diverse, international group of Photography and Social Justice Fellows who are passionate about challenging injustice, pursuing social equality, and advancing human rights through photography. With New York City as a cultural resource, the program provides space for interdisciplinary experimentation, mentored project development, and cross-cultural, critical discourse at the intersection of photography and social justice. During the program, Fellows work on projects in their home communities* with support from Magnum Foundation’s mentors.


Program Components

  • Project Development and Frameworks: April–May 2019: These initial bi-weekly online sessions provide conceptual groundwork for the training and a forum for the Fellows to develop their project ideas.
  • New York Session 1: June 1–30, 2019: The first session in New York City is a four week training hosted by CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. This first session focuses on project development, technical trainings, and experimentation. This session will include exploration of emerging tools and platforms, lectures on documentary photography, and discussions on critical theory.
  • Mentored Project Production: June 2019–January 2020: Fellows produce a body of work that aims to advance social justice in their communities with mentorship from accomplished photographers, artists, and others from Magnum Foundation’s network.
  • New York Session 2: Jan 11–26, 2020: This two week session includes a final review of the Fellows’ projects and focus on social engagement and creative presentation strategies.


Magnum Foundation covers the cost of travel and room and board for the sessions in New York City. Fellows also receive a modest stipend to support the production of their projects. The program is produced in partnership with the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.

Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellowship Eligibility

  • Early-career documentary photographers, artists, and photojournalists
  • Activists who use photography in their change-making practice
  • Journalists who would like to deepen their engagement with photography
  • Scholars who incorporate images and image-making in their research and scholarship
  • Preference is given to those who have not had previous opportunity to do a formal course of study in photography at the university level.
  • Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English. All instruction will be in English and there will be no simultaneous translation for instruction or discussion during the course sessions.
  • They are especially seeking applications from people of color, women, individuals who are part of social, political, or cultural groups who are currently or historically oppressed or excluded, and individuals who are LGBTQ or non-binary. Refugees are welcome to apply.

How to Apply for Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellowship

  • Fellows will be chosen by the Magnum Foundation’s internal selection committee and notified Mid-December 2018.
  • All finalists for the fellowship will be interviewed to ensure verbal proficiency in English. (Please note that this language requirement exists because Fellows’ discussions, workshops, readings, and mentorship sessions in New York are conducted in English).

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For more information, visit Magnum Foundation.

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