The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the National Geographic Society announced today the selection of the 2018-2019 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows.
Jennifer Gil, an environmental scientist who will travel to Panama to collect microalgae samples, documenting her findings for the world in both Spanish and English through blogging, microscopic pictures and video. Jennifer studied interdisciplinary science at the University of Puerto Rico and recently completed her master’s in environmental science at Florida International University.
Jen Guyton, a photographer and ecologist who will composite photos from remote cameras at wildlife resource hotspots in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, revealing their true value to biodiversity in this recovering ecosystem. Jen studied conservation and resource studies at UC Berkeley and will soon complete her Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton.
Katie Thornton, a cemetery historian and audio producer who will travel to the United Kingdom and Singapore to produce “Death in the Digital Age,” a podcast exploring the relevance of cemeteries in an era when land is strained, communities are physically distant and digital documentation is pervasive. Katie studied history at Oberlin College.
Emily Toner, a geographer and journalist who will unearth political, cultural and environmental stories rooted in the carbon-rich soil of Ireland’s peat bogs. Emily studied and completed an M.A. in journalism and an M.S. in geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
William Tyner, an anthropologist and filmmaker who will explore how civic technology is redefining citizenship and the relationship between civil society and government in Romania. William studied cultural anthropology at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
This is the fifth group of five Fulbright-National Geographic Storytellers selected from a highly competitive, merit-based, multi-tiered global competition.
The Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship is a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society, which provides a unique platform for U.S. Fulbrighters to undertake an in-depth exploration of globally relevant issues and use a variety of digital storytelling tools and media, including blogs, photography, video and social media, to share their stories by providing content to National Geographic digital platforms with the support and mentorship of National Geographic staff. These storytelling tools are a powerful resource in building lasting ties across cultures.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
The Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship was launched in 2013 as a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. It sends U.S. citizens abroad to engage in an academic year of digital storytelling projects in up to three countries on globally significant themes. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society.
To hear the thought-provoking work that comes from this fellowship, join the 2017-2018 class of Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows who will be featured in the upcoming Nat Geo Nights event, Stories From the World, on Thursday, July 19, 2018. They will be discussing their inspiring and insightful stories from a year spent in the field. You can find details about the event and ticket information here.