Magnum Foundation’s Photography and Social Justice Program 2018 (Fully-funded to New York)

Magnum Foundation’s Photography and Social Justice Program 2018 (Fully-funded to New York)

Deadline: November 30, 2017

Application for the 2018 Magnum Foundation’s Photography and Social Justice Program is open. The Program expands diversity and creativity in the field of documentary photography through capacity-building and critical explorations of photography and social change.

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.

The Photography and Social Justice Program is designed to prepare fellows to be effective and creative leaders in their home communities. The Foundation’s hope is that fellows become models and resources for other practitioners, and that they cultivate strength and support through their international colleagues. Through this program, Magnum Foundation trains photographers to use their creative skills to inspire social movements, to witness, to resist oppression, to pose the difficult questions, and to stimulate debate and awareness about critical social issues.


  • 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.


  • Open to
    • 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;
  • 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 are welcome. Refugees are welcome to apply.


  • Submit your application here. Fellows applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling basis until November 30, 2017.

Application Timeline

  • November 30, 2017: Applications due
  • February 2018: Fellows Selected and notified
  • April–May 2018: Online Sessions and Project Development
  • June 4–29, 2018: Session 1 (four weeks)
  • June 2018–January 2019: Mentored Project Production
  • January 7–18, 2019: Session 2 (two weeks)

For more information, visit Magnum Foundation’s Photography and Social Justice Program.