The Magnum Foundation fosters creativity and diversity in documentary photography, activating new audiences and ideas through the innovative use of images. Through grant-making, mentoring, and creative collaborations, we partner with socially engaged image-makers experimenting with new models for storytelling.


The Magnum Foundation Fellowship offers a stipend, mentorship, and arts administration experience to early-career photographers. While many fellows are recent graduates, we also welcome self-taught photographers, and those of any age who are both producing impactful projects in New York City and have a genuine interest in nonprofit arts administration. NOTE: This fellowship will be online only as the Magnum Foundation team is working remotely.

During the fellowship, fellows produce an in-depth project local to New York City that demonstrates a commitment to social issues and community based work. Fellows will be encouraged to build relationships with their subjects in the field, build partnerships with relevant organizations, and experiment with new narrative forms and storytelling techniques. Fellows receive mentorship and project development support from Magnum Foundation staff and our extended network throughout the duration of the fellowship.

In addition to producing a project, fellows are considered an integral part of the team and are expected to make significant contributions to the day-today work we do at Magnum Foundation. The fellows work on range of projects including research on social issues, exploration of emerging technologies and platforms, multimedia production, and event production. Candidates should have expertise in at least one of the following areas: photo editing, arts administration, research, writing, video production, or graphic design. Candidates will be paired with Magnum Foundation projects according to their expertise and interests.

Fellows are chosen by an internal selection team.


Application deadline: February 25, 2021 (there will be no extensions beyond this date)

Applicants notified: March 15, 2021

Duration: 12 weeks, 40hrs/week

Start date: April 5, 2021

End date:  June 25, 2020

Weekly breakdown: 20 hours per week on administrative projects, 20 hours per week on proposed fellowship project.

Stipend: $500/week for a total of $6,000.

The fellowship is designed for New York City based photographers and does not provide room and board or transportation to and from Magnum Foundation’s office. 


Required Application Materials:

1.     Resume as PDF (LastName_FirstName_Resume)

2.     Brief cover letter stating goals and qualifications (LastName_FirstName_Coverletter). In your cover letter please indicate your level of proficiency in photo-based editing software and file management systems, Premier, and other digital media software or technologies. If you have completed video or multimedia work, please include a link. If you have research experience or administrational experience, please describe in detail.

3.     Two-page (500 word double-spaced) well-researched project proposal. Proposed projects must demonstrate a commitment to issues directly topical to New York City, and must be possible to complete within 12 weeks. Proposal should include a timeline for completion. Please name your proposal file as follows: LastName_FirstName_Proposal.

 4.     15 select images from a completed or ongoing project, with captions and a one-paragraph project description. Images should be 2000 pixels on the long edge at 72 dpi jpeg files and should be named as follows: LastName_FirstName_01.jpg, LastName_FirstName_02.jpg, etc.

 5.     One-paragraph description of submitted project and list of captions for submitted images named as follows: LastName_FirstName_Captions.

If you have questions, please contact Noelle Flores Théard at


Magnum Foundation expands creativity and diversity in documentary photography, activating new audiences and ideas through the innovative use of images. Through grantmaking, mentoring, and creative collaborations, we partner with socially engaged imagemakers experimenting with new models for storytelling.

Magnum Foundation