A+E Networks Digital Media Storytelling Fellowship

In 2017, NYC Media Lab presents the A+E Networks Digital Media Storytelling Fellowship in collaboration with A+E Networks’ Digital Media team.

A+E Networks seeks to partner with graduate students to create compelling visualizations of historical narratives and information, and/or premium story presentations featuring innovative interaction design components and multimedia elements.

Mobile-friendly, shareable and interactive, these visualizations or premium storytelling experiences should bring to life ideas, personalities and major moments in the history of nearly any topic in digital prototypes.

They should push the boundaries of what is possible with mobile devices- from augmented reality to device-to-device communication. Selected projects will be distributed via A+E’s social media and digital channels on completion of the project.



About A+E Networks

A+E Networks is a global media entertainment company that reaches more than 330 million people worldwide, features three of the top cable networks in the United States including A&E, HISTORY and Lifetime.


About the Fellowship

Application deadline: Thursday, December 1 at 5:00pm EST

Notification to Applicants regarding Interview Day: Tuesday, December 6

Interview Day for Finalists: Friday, December 9

Notification to Finalists: Tuesday, December 13

Eligibility: Individuals must be currently affiliated with a New York City-based university as a student at the time of application.

Program dates in 2017: Exact dates TBD, the program will begin during the week of January 16th, 2017 and end during the week of March 27th, 2017

Stipend Award per Fellow: $5,000 for completing the Fellowship

Program location: New York City

Program structure: This is a Fellowship for rapid prototyping in digital and interactive storytelling for premium experiences where students will receive feedback from A+E Networks Mentors throughout the program. Mentors will share their insights around digital media, editorial narratives, technology production and product management. When applying to the Fellowship, students will propose what they would like to prototype for the Fellowship, specifically around a historical topic. Fellows will be expected to work on their own and report progress weekly, in person at co-working and critique meetings, with their A+E Networks Mentors. These weekly co-working and critique meetings will take place at A+E Networks. There will be a midpoint works-in-progress demo session of each Fellow’s prototype as well a final demonstration day at the end of the program.

Expected premium storytelling experience deliverable for each Fellow: A+E Networks will not prescribe the form or content of the experience, but the prototype delivered must incorporate data and multimedia for the story. It could be an animated experience, an interactive short film experience, or an auditory-visual adventure through space and time – as long as it tells a story, it is fair game.

Examples of premium storytelling experiences that are inspiring and compelling for the Fellowship sponsors:


Want to learn more?

Representatives from A+E Networks and NYC Media Lab will hold an information session about the Fellowship in November. The target audience for the information session is current NYC graduate students who are interested in applying to the program.

Date: Tuesday, November 15

Location: NYU ITP at 721 Broadway, 4th Floor

Time: 1:30 - 2:30pm

Sign up here!


Questions about this fellowship?

Contact: Amy Chen, Manager of Partnerships at NYC Media Lab amy.chen[at]nycmedialab.org