The MIT Open Documentary Lab’s Fellows Program hosts a limited number of distinguished artists, creative technologists, and scholars in residence or virtually who want to engage deeply with new documentary storytelling techniques and technologies in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.
We are looking for people pushing the boundaries of digital documentary storytelling and its social impact in their work or producing original scholarship in this area.
Visiting Fellowship positions are non-compensated appointments established to provide the opportunity for artists, technologists, and scholars to participate in a rich exchange with members of the Open Documentary Lab, the wider MIT community, and other visiting fellows and artists.
Accepted applicants will have access to seminars, colloquia, and conferences, as well as the MIT library and other facilities. Unfortunately, OpenDocLab cannot provide personal office space or housing.
Selected artists and scholars are expected to secure financial support from a foundation, home university, other agency, or personal finances.
Students currently enrolled in a degree program are not eligible to become Visiting Fellows.
Generally, fellows are expected to have a Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience. Occasionally, we admit fellows earlier in their careers if they submit an excellent trailer, demo, or short snippet of the project they’d like to work on at the Lab. This submission must convince the selection committee that the fellow has the knowledge and skills to complete their project despite having less experience.
Visiting Fellows at OpenDocLab are expected to:
How to Apply
Applications are due on May 1 to be considered for the coming academic year. Currently, we are accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year. We review applications on a rolling basis, so you are welcome and encouraged to submit an application well before that deadline.
The fellowship is designed to be a single academic year (September – May) with the option to extend for a second year. We usually cannot accommodate spring arrivals, but you are welcome to ask in your application if a fall start doesn’t seem logistically possible for you.
Please submit the following information:
All application materials should be e-mailed to opendoclab-contact[at]mit[dot]edu. We only accept electronic applications.
The OpenDocLab will act as a liaison with the MIT International Scholars Office (ISchO) to process visa applications. To apply for a visa, international visiting artists or scholars will need to provide proof of the following:
Primary visitor: $35,000
Plus 1 dependent: $40,000
Plus 2 dependents: $45,00
Plus 3 dependents: $50,000
If your application is accepted, the department will contact you with further details and paperwork about your visit. If you need an acceptance from us before you can start fundraising, please let us know in your application. In that case, we will work to get an answer to you as soon as possible ( approx. one month).
To support the field, The OpenDocLab and Co-Creation Studio offer pro bono office hours for the emerging media and documentary community.
Here are topics that we provide consultation on for emergent media projects and research:
We offer the following kinds of support:
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Office hours are offered biannually (in the Fall and Spring).
If you are selected, we will contact you to schedule a time. Selection is based on a match between your needs and our expertise.
The OpenDocLab supports MIT’s UROP, is open to MIT and Wellesley students. The OpenDocLab periodically offers UROP positions supporting the lab’s current projects and research initiatives. For more information about specific openings, please visit the UROP job listings, or reach out to the OpenDocLab team.
Interested MIT and Wellesley students should email us with a Resume/CV, including references, and short cover letter. Interest in interactive documentaries and familiarity with the field is a plus.
We’re periodically seeking Boston-based interns to join our team. If you are interested, please email us with a Resume/CV and a short cover letter. Interest in interactive documentaries and familiarity with the field is a plus.