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Logan Nonfiction Program Application Guidelines

Fellowship Details

The Logan Nonfiction Program normally offers two fellowship classes per year—one in the fall (October-December) and one in the spring (February-April). We welcome between 10-20 nonfiction writers, documentary filmmakers, photojournalists, podcasters and multimedia creators per class. Fellows are provided lodging, meals, workspace, professional guidance and community. Fellowships range between 5-10 weeks and take place on the Carey Institute for Global Good’s historic 100-acre campus in upstate New York.

However, due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, the Logan Nonfiction Program will run a virtual-only fellowship in spring 2021.

Fellowships will run 5 weeks virtually and will include:

  • One-on-one formal workshop/mentoring sessions with experts in fellow's medium
  • Capacity building/panels from expert journalists and filmmakers
  • Virtual film screenings
  • Peer-to-peer workshop/mentoring sessions with other fellows
  • Access to virtual co-working spaces to help stay productive and focused
  • Informal virtual social spaces/social hours

Fellowship Dates:
Session I: April 5-May 10
Session II: May 11-June 15


The Logan Nonfiction Program accepts applications from:

  • Nonfiction writers
  • Photojournalists
  • Documentary filmmakers
  • Podcasters and radio reporters
  • Multimedia creators

Applicants must be at work on a long-form project in order to apply (e.g.: an article, book, film, collection, podcast, etc.).

We accept applications from academics, memoirists and non-professional journalists, as long as the intended audience of the project is the general public and the work is deeply reported.

We are particularly interested in supporting projects that examine the most pressing issues of the day, including but not limited to: conflict and security; democracy and governance; education; environment and climate change; food security; gender, race, sexual orientation, disability and intersectionality; globalization; health; inequality and exclusion; media and journalism; social justice; and sustainability and resilience.

Fellows are selected for the program based on the quality, relevance, professional experience and promise of the applicant’s work.

The Logan Nonfiction Program is committed to building a diverse and inclusive class of fellows. The Carey Institute does not discriminate in its programs and activities against anyone on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, physical ability or disability, HIV status or veteran status.

The building that houses our residents is wheelchair accessible and does not have stairs. Handrails are in all resident bathrooms. The terrain is hilly and many of our buildings were built in the 1800s; we encourage applicants to reach out to the program manager with any questions or concerns.

For a complete overview of the program, please visit our website.

Application Components

Application Form: All applicants should submit an online application. For those without reliable Internet access, please contact us at for a Word-based or mailed application form.

CV: Please be sure to include a detailed work and publishing history (with links where applicable) in your CV. Also note any previous fellowships or residencies, as well as education and professional experience.

Work Sample: Your work sample should be taken from the piece you plan to pursue during the fellowship. The sample should convey the spirit of the piece as well as your technical/craft abilities. You can provide a consecutive sample or a collection. If you are in the beginning stages of your project, please provide a detailed synopsis and chapter/scene outline.

   For print—no more than 40 pages, double-spaced.

   For film and audio—no more than 15 minutes of footage.

Cover Letter: Cover letters should be no more than two pages maximum. Your cover letter should demonstrate your interest in the program, a brief professional history and an overview of your project (including what you hope to accomplish in fellowship). Please also note how you heard about the program and address to Program Manager Zan Strumfeld.

Letters of Recommendation: Two reference letters are required with your application.

Notification of Results

Spring (April-June) applicants will be notified by early March.
Note: We are unable to provide feedback on your application.

Fees & Financial Information

There is no fee to apply to the Logan Nonfiction Program. Accepted fellows do not need to pay tuition or residency fees, but do need to fund their travel to the area. There is no reporting stipend or grant associated with the program.


Small groups (2 to 3 individuals) of journalists wishing to work collaboratively are encouraged to apply. Each member of the group will need to submit an individual application.

International Applicants

The Carey Institute has a strong tradition of internationalism, and welcomes applicants from around the world. Professionals who work in languages other than English are welcome to apply if they can supply samples of work in translation as well as in the original. A working knowledge of English is necessary for international applicants. The Carey Institute does not provide an interpreter for residents.

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