CatchLight Global Fellowship 2024 ($30,000 award) – APPLY NOW

At CatchLight, their main objective is to utilize the influence of images to educate, transform, and unite communities. Through the CatchLight Global Fellowship, they recognize and support visual storytellers.

CatchLight Global Fellowship 2024
CatchLight Global Fellowship 2024

Who has the potential to spark social change through their photography, videography, or leadership, harnessing the power of visuals to create meaningful audience engagement and innovative distribution strategies.

CatchLight Global Fellowship 2024 ($30,000 award)

A significant aspect of the Global Fellowship’s objectives and obligations is to share knowledge and processes with the CatchLight community and a broader audience. During the Fellowship year, fellows are required to report their outcomes and insights through three primary methods:

  • Presenting their results publicly
  • Conducting interviews with the recipient and/or key stakeholders
  • Documenting their work visually and collecting relevant data.

Eligibility Criteria

If you possess any of the following qualities, you could be an excellent candidate for a CatchLight Global Fellowship:

  • A long-form storyteller working on a project with a distinct goal of creating a meaningful impact.
  • A leader with a well-defined strategy to progress and expand the field of storytelling.
  • An educator with creative and groundbreaking methods to support emerging storytellers.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated based on their utilization and enhancement of innovative approaches and potential solutions, with a focus on achieving one or more of the following desired outcomes:

  • Innovative Distribution: Exploring new methods of distributing an existing project to effectively engage a particular audience through visual storytelling.
  • Community Activations: Testing the impact of visual storytelling in engaging specific audiences or addressing specific information needs within a community.
  • Field Sustainability: Developing systems and models that advance the field of visual storytelling or the overall media ecosystem.


By being awarded this fellowship, you will receive the following benefits:

  • A $30,000 award.
  • The possibility of accessing additional future funding through the CatchLight Impact Fund.
  • Paid travel and accommodations to attend the 2024 CatchLight Visual Storytelling Summit in San Francisco from April 26th to 28th.
  • Opportunities for personal development, such as executive coaching.
  • Assistance with impact strategy and networking from the CatchLight staff and their extended network.
  • The chance to be part of a community of Fellows and professionals with similar goals. This includes mentorship, educational resources, and speaking opportunities.

How To Apply For CatchLight Global Fellowship 2024

To complete your application, you will be required to provide the following information:

  • A fellowship statement (100 words) explaining how visuals, in general, and your work specifically, can bring about social change. Please also mention who your work aims to inform and the human connections it creates.
  • A concise thesis statement (100 words) summarizing what you intend to accomplish and why.
  • A detailed description (250 words) of the proposed work.
  • An outline (250 words) of your distribution, engagement, and/or impact plan, including identifying your target audience for this work.
  • A plan (100 words) to collect feedback on the impact of your work.
  • A timeline for the project, which can extend beyond the grant period.
  • An estimated budget for the proposed work. You can exceed the award amount, but please specify where CatchLight funds will be utilized.
  • Three ideas for sharing your learning with the CatchLight community.
  • 10-20 images that CatchLight will have the rights to use in promotional materials if you are awarded.
  • Three professional references’ contact details, which include email addresses and phone numbers.
  • A brief biography about yourself.
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae.
  • To begin your application process, please register an account with CatchLight Global by following the provided

For further details about the fellowship, please visit Catchlight Global Fellowship’s official website.

Application Deadline

December 9, 2023.



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