Our Collaborators


Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies

The Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies has three distinct parts: Visual Arts, Art History and Visual & Media Studies. But all of our faculty and students – undergraduate and graduate alike – are engaged in international research, interdisciplinary learning, and the study of visual culture across geographic and historical categories, through the perspectives of theory and practice, methodology and criticism, and digital technologies.


Center for Documentary Studies

The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) is dedicated to documentary expression and its role in creating a more just society. A nonprofit affiliate of Duke University, CDS teaches, produces, and presents the documentary arts across a full range of media—photography, audio, film, writing, experimental and new media—for students and audiences of all ages. CDS is renowned for innovative undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education classes; the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival; curated exhibitions; international prizes; award-winning books; radio programs and a podcast; and groundbreaking projects.


Cinematic Arts

Cinematic Arts provides centralized coordination among the various Duke University departments and programs that provide classes, activities and opportunities for students interested in film studies and moving image practice.


Duke Arts

Duke Arts connects and amplifies the arts across the university, with support from the Office of the Vice Provost of the Arts.

The arts thrive at Duke. Leading academic programs, critically-acclaimed presenting organizations, and embedded visiting artists create connections between campus, the cultural momentum of Durham, NC, and international thinkers, makers, and performers. With thirty-one degrees, minors, and certificates offered in the arts and nearly 100 arts-oriented student organizations, Duke students from all backgrounds engage with artistic practice. At Duke, the arts are an engine of collaboration and innovation.


Power Plant Gallery

A laboratory for documentary and experimental art practices at Duke University, the Power Plant Gallery provides ongoing opportunities for Duke students, faculty, and staff and Durham communities to explore and consider the essential role and transformative capacity of the arts in society. Through exhibitions, performances, screenings and other public events, the gallery creates and nurtures a thriving connection between the documentary arts, scholarship and our local community.


Rubenstein Library Archive of Documentary Arts

The Archive of Documentary Arts is part of Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Its mission is to collect, promote, preserve, and provide access to audio, moving images, photography, and text from around the world related to the documentary endeavor for the purpose of inspiring reflection, research, creative expression, and dialogue in this moment, and for generations to come.





How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.
R. Buckminster Fuller 

The Duke University Masters of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts program (MFA|EDA) and the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) are pleased to announce a Call for Submissions for the 2022 Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship, a funding opportunity for MFA|EDA graduates, generously provided by Cassilhaus. 

Created in 2016 with the idea that travel can be transformative in the life of an emerging artist, Cassilhaus has partnered with MFA|EDA and CDS to offer graduates the opportunity to apply for the Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship, a biennial $10,000 travel grant that supports artistic research and practice and offers a singular opportunity to broaden artistic and cultural experience beyond the traditional educational environment. 

“Working so closely with the students in the Duke MFA|EDA program has been an exceptionally rich experience for us. We have each found that extended travel can become a clarifying and illuminating pivot point in the direction of one’s life. We hope that this travel fellowship can help an MFA graduate in their artistic explorations” said Ellen Cassilly and Frank Konhaus of Cassilhaus, funder of the fellowship.  MFA|EDA director Tom Rankin adds, “This support for travel for our MFA graduates provides the kind of transformative support so essential to the making of new work and the evolution of deep artistic vision. Our continued thanks go to Ellen and Frank for their nurturing support and abiding interest in the MFA|EDA.” 


Submissions for the 2022 Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship will be accepted from May 17 through June 172022. The recipient of the fellowship will be announced in August 2022.

Applicants are encouraged to propose ambitious projects that would otherwise be impossible for them to undertake financially. Solo travel/study is strongly encouraged but collaborations will also be considered. Proposed participation in an artist residency program, as a component of the journey, is encouraged but not required.

Applicants will be asked to provide the following: a portfolio of up to 10 photographs or 10 minutes total video (or a combination), a 1-page proposal, a 1-page budget, and a 1-page C.V. The application fee is $10. Beginning May 17, applicants may upload materials and submit the application fee at SlideRoom. The online system provides step-by-step instructions on how to register and submit your materials. Note: Entries will only be accepted via SlideRoom. 


Portfolio (digital). Applicants may submit a combination of images and video, for a maximum of 15 uploaded files. Please label materials with captions, to include title, year, format. SlideRoom can also accept links to YouTube/Vimeo. Include descriptive information for each image, including materials, dimensions, and duration (if sample). 

1-page proposal (pdf). Please provide a brief description (500 words maximum) of your proposed project that includes destinations, anticipated interactions, and objectives. The proposal should include your thoughts on how the project would advance your artistic knowledge and practice, as well as your plans for study and documentation. Discuss your qualifications and/or personal interest in the proposed project.

1-page budget (pdf). Please include costs of travel, lodging, and materials in your budget. Awards may be used to support the recipient and proposed project only (collaborators/assistants may be included if integral to the project). Budgets should not exceed $10,000, unless additional funding has been secured from other sources. (Note: Fellowships used to pay travel expenses are considered taxable income under the laws of the United States. The $10,000 award will be reported to the winner on a 1099-Miscellaneous tax form; it is the winner’s responsibility to determine tax liability.)

1-page biography or C.V. (pdf). NOTE: If your proposal involves foreign travel, please include in your bio or C.V. the places and dates you have traveled in the past five years. If the proposal is a collaboration, please include a bio or C.V. for each participant.

$10 application fee (via SlideRoom, when submitting all of the above)


The 2022 Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship is open to Duke University MFA|EDA alumni cohorts graduating in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. (Rolling eligibility: earlier cohorts were eligible for previous Cassilhaus Travel Fellowships.)

Single artists as well as collaborative teams are eligible. 

MFA|EDA alumni employed by Duke University in fall 2022 are not eligible. 

The recipient of the fellowship will make a presentation of the produced work in the spring of 2024.  


The submissions for the 2022 Cassilhaus Travel Fellowship will be reviewed by a jury comprised of faculty and staff from the MFA|EDA and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Submitters will receive notifications in August 2022. The award will be made in September 2022.  


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