Collaboration of young fellows and community organizations.


Center for Documentary Studies

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Academic Discipline

Communication, Media, and Entertainment


None, US Citizen, Permanent Resident, DACA, Undocumented, Non-US Citizenships


Senior, Entering Graduate, Graduate




Currently, the Lewis Hines Fellowship has been suspended due to the COVID Pandemic.

The Lewis Hines fellowship is a unique fellowship that pairs young documentary artists with community organizations; taking into account the interests of the fellow and the needs of the community. The fellow works under the community organization producing a documentary project in service to the organization. These collaborations focus on themes and issues that work toward social justice for disadvantaged communities. Fellows are placed for a ten-month tenure starting in the fall. Since 2014, placements have been in New York city. 


Duke University seniors, recent graduates of Duke University, 2nd year or recent graduates of Duke's MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts students, students and graduates of the CDS Certificate in Documentary Arts program, and recent Robertson Scholar graduates of Duke and UNC.

An application consists of an application form, essays, a resume, a work sample, and academic transcript(s).