The Center for Ethnographic Media Arts offers annual fellowships for advanced work in moving image, photography and sound that furthers the potential of audiovisual mediums and arts-based research. The fellows will form a core foundational community within CEMA as, together, they embark to understand human and cultural existence through the creation of non-fiction film and audio works.
The CEMA Graduate Fellowship is currently only open to graduate students, postdoctoral and USC-affiliated research fellows and are offered on a competitive basis for approved media arts projects. Applicants must be affiliated with USC during the fellowship year for which they are applying. The application portal opens in January, with a deadline for submission mid-February. Applicants will be notified by April.
Fellowships include access to production equipment, post-production facilities, technical support and monetary awards (between $1000–$5000) in some cases to defray production or post-production expenses, as well as inclusion in the CEMA community of artist-researchers, including screenings, workshops and small group critiques of works-in-progress.
Central to the fellowship is participation in monthly workshops and critiques of works-in-progress. In these meetings fellows have the opportunity to present their work to other fellows, CEMA affiliates and invited guests for feedback at critical junctures in the production of their work. With the exception of extraordinary circumstances, attendance at these meetings by CEMA fellows is expected.