Do you have an interest in documentary film, creative nonfiction, long-form journalism or science communications? Then you’re invited to apply for an OSU Science Media Fellowship, a hands-on, paid learning experience for undergraduate and graduate students from across Oregon State University. (The application is closed until Fall 2020)

This OSU Science Media Fellowship connects student storytellers with researchers, labs and programs across campus on a two-term project to create short documentaries about important research, science and natural resource topics. Applicants receive a $1,000 stipend, an expense account, access to filmmaking equipment and mentoring as they take twenty weeks to craft science into stories. Final films will be screened at an end-of-year event.

This program is ideal for students in the sciences interested in developing communication skills or writers and filmmakers seeking strong topics and hands-on projects with video storytelling, or anyone with a knack for narrative and a strong interest in documentary film.

Prior documentary filmmaking experience is helpful but not required. Recipients will be paired with researchers and topics based on skills and availability.

The fellowships are open to undergraduate and graduate students from all colleges and Oregon State University locations in Corvallis, Bend, Newport and Portland.

Fellowship recipients receive a stipend, an expense account and hands-on mentoring throughout the production process by a media professional.

How it works:

  1. Complete the application
  2. Receive notification winter term
  3. Meet your subject and learn about your project
  4. Participate in a filmmaking bootcamp in mid-January
  5. Check out the filmmaking gear
  6. Meet with your mentor twice monthly
  7. Winter Term: conduct research, schedule and shoot interviews
  8. Spring Term: find archival material, select music, edit the film a mix audio and render
  9. Premiere your film at a year-end event

How it started

This fellowship program began with the production of the film Saving Atlantis, a feature documentary from staff, faculty and students at Oregon State University. The project was licensed with help from the Office of Commercialization and Corporate Development, and proceeds were placed in a fund via the OSU Foundation, providing the resources for the fellowship awards. 

Our goal is to encourage future science storytellers in a time of unprecedented anthropogenic change, and to provide our fellows with a real-world documentary film experience.