2024 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards: Apply Now

Duke CDS logo; text: John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards; summer 2024 funding opportunity.

The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) is offering a Summer 2024 funding opportunity for documentary fieldwork and research.

Established in 1990, the John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards are named for the noted scholar John Hope Franklin, the late professor emeritus of history at Duke, in recognition of his lifetime accomplishments and his dedication to students and teaching.

CDS makes awards of up to $2,000 available to undergraduates attending Triangle-area universities to help them conduct sustained work on summer-long documentary fieldwork projects.


Applicants must be registered undergraduate students at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Student applicants should demonstrate an interest in documentary studies and possess the talent and skills necessary to conduct an intensive documentary project. These skills may include oral history, photography, film/video, nonfiction or creative writing, or audio. Application should include a narrative proposal and a detailed budget.

Please submit application via email to tsr2@duke.edu.


The application deadline is April 1, 2024.


Please email tsr2@duke.edu.