Water Media Fellowships


Apply to the 2022-2023 Tribal Water Media Fellowship Program!

Applications are due May 6, 2022. Apply online here.
Participants will be selected and notified by May 20, 2022.

The Tribal Water Media Fellowship is a Walton Family Foundation funded collaboration between Fort Lewis College, Rocky Mountain PBS, and KSUT that gives students the opportunity to research, create, and present multimedia projects centering on water, water usage, and desert communities. Student applicants to the fellowship can be from a variety of academic backgrounds, including, but not limited to; journalism, media, science, and/or cultural studies.

The fellowship is made up of two programs, and acceptance into the fellowship gives students access to both programs. The first program is a 10-day summer intensive that takes place August 6-15, 2022, at Fort Lewis College where room and board will be provided for the students on campus. During the intensive, students will attend a 3-day river trip down the San Juan River, led by Fort Lewis on the Water (FLOW). Also, during this intensive the applicants will attend a series of workshops on campus. These workshops will focus on topics such as media preparation, production, as well as cultural studies, and research workshops that discuss water issues, science and policy, with a focus on Tribal water issues.

The second program in the Tribal Water Media Fellowship is a year-long project (Sept '22 - April '23)where the students will conceive, research, produce, and deliver a media project centered on water. This program includes a mentorship where the applicants will be paired with a mentor from a specific field of media (video, print, podcast, etc.) to facilitate the applicant’s project to completion. This program will culminate with the students presenting their projects to the public at a symposium held on the Fort Lewis campus in spring of 2023.

Besides the summer intensive and year-long mentorship, applicants accepted for the fellowship will receive a $1000 stipend. This stipend will be split, with $500 for the summer intensive, $500 for the year-long project. In addition to the stipend, the students will also have access to equipment, as well as workshops from the KSUT Tribal Media Center. The workshops at KSUT will focus on video and audio production, and mastering projects for public consumption.

Apply online here.

Applications will be reviewed beginning on May 6, 2022. We anticipate notifying selected participants by May 20, 2022. If you have any questions, or would like more information, please email: tribalmediacenter@KSUT.org 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the terms and conditions for receiving the stipend?
    • Students will receive $500 upon completion of the 10-day summer intensive and $500 upon presentation of their media project at the public symposium in April 2023.
  • Do you have to be an FLC student to apply?
    • Priority will be given to current FLC students. If space is available, recent FLC graduates and students from other institutions will be considered.
  • What will the 10-day summer intensive entail?
    • During the 10-day summer intensive, students will work with mentors and experts in the fields of journalism and water to learn how to approach a media project centering on water issues and desert communities.  
  • Do I have to be a journalism student to apply?
    • No, the program is open to students from all disciplines with an interest in water and communication. 

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