Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship Awards Announced

Five Fellows from across the United States will receive grants as part of the 2015-2016 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship to travel overseas and use multi-media storytelling techniques to build awareness of transnational challenges, the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society announced yesterday.

The Fellows were selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board following an academic review and recommendations by an editorial panel of National Geographic staff. Over a nine-month period, the Fellows will share their stories on a dedicated National Geographic blog using a variety of digital storytelling tools, including photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and social media. Editors from National Geographic will mentor the Fellows to help them tell their stories to a global audience.

  • Ari Beser, from Baltimore, Maryland, will travel throughout Japan to tell the stories of the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the 5th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima. His goal is to produce a “blogumentary,” which gives voice to the people directly affected by nuclear technology today.
  • Ryan Bell, from Seattle, Washington, is a writer and photographer who travels the world documenting “cowboy” cultures. For this Fellowship, he will travel through rural Russia and Kazakhstan for his project, titled “Comrade Cowboys,” documenting pastoralists who are working to rebuild cattle industries decimated by the fall of the Soviet Union.
  • Janice Cantieri, from St. Louis, Missouri, will travel between the Pacific island nations of Kiribati and Fiji. She will tell the stories of the Banaban Islanders, who were displaced to Fiji in 1945, and the stories of those currently facing displacement from Tarawa, Kiribati to Fiji as the sea level rise inundates parts of the islands.
  • Hiba Dlewati, from Grand Blanc, Michigan, is a Syrian American writer who will travel throughout —> Read More