Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellowship 2020 (Funded to New York)

Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellowship 2020 (Funded to New York)

Deadline: October 15, 2019

Applications are open for the Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellowship 2020. The Fellowship 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 with support from Magnum Foundation mentors.

Elements of the Program

  • Project Development and Frameworks: March–May 2020: 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, 2020: 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.
  • Project Production: June 2019–January 2020: Fellows complete the proposed body of work that aims to advance social justice in their communities with on-going support from Magnum Foundation.


  • 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.


  • Open to documentary photographers, artists, and photojournalists
  • Activists who use photography in their change-making practice
  • Scholars who incorporate images and image-making in their research and scholarship
  • They encourage applications from self-taught photographers who have not had access to formal training
  • Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English because all instruction will be in English.


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For more information, visit Magnum Foundation.