As part of Salt at MECA&D’s commitment to training the next generation of storytellers, we are pleased to offer the Salt Diversity Fellowship. The Fellowship focuses on supporting the work of students from underrepresented communities who have been accepted into the 15-week Salt Institute for Documentary Studies Graduate Certificate Program at MECA&D.

The Salt Institute is committed to training storytellers to tell stories in ways that are equitable and inclusive. We also recognize that documentary has often reinforced the inequality present in our societies, rather than challenging it. As part of our mission as storytellers and citizens, we are committed to transforming this field so that it reflects and amplifies a diversity of experiences, identities, and voices. Ideal applicants produce work that embodies and reinforces these core values.

The Salt Diversity Fellowship is due by November 11, 2022 for Spring 2023 applicants, and March 10, 2023 for Fall 2023 applicants.


The Salt Diversity Fellowship is awarded to encourage admitted students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), or queer (LGBTQIA+) to pursue their graduate studies at Salt Institute at MECA&D, contributing toward a more diverse community of storytellers, both within Salt and MECA&D and in the greater community of storytellers.


The scholarship amount covers no less than 50% of the tuition, and exact amounts are determined at the discretion of the Salt Diversity Fellowship Review Committee. Recipients are determined by the Committee after an offer of admission is made.


The Fellowship is awarded to one or more admitted students who self-identifies as BIPOC or queer whose application is completed on or before the Diversity Fellowship Deadline (see “How to Apply” for deadlines). Applicants must also indicate they are applying for the Salt Diversity Fellowship through their web application.

Applicants must also have a complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a FAFSA waiver on file at the College. (If you are ineligible or choose not to complete a FAFSA, you may request a FAFSA waiver from the Financial Aid office.) To check your FAFSA status or to submit a FAFSA waiver, please be in touch with our Financial Aid office at

To accept this Fellowship, the recipient must agree to enroll within 15 days of notice.


While each applicant is different, MECA&D strives to engage in an equitable admissions process that evaluates applicants using four main criteria:

  • Strength of portfolio
  • Breadth and depth of personal essay
  • Academic achievement
  • Financial need (The Fellowship is merit-based, but the reviewing committee will consider financial need, supported by a FAFSA application or a FAFSA waiver, on a case-by-case basis.)

Recipients demonstrate preparedness for the fifteen-week graduate certificate, and adequately address eligibility criteria throughout their personal essay.


Due to the competitive nature of the fellowship, students accepting this fellowship cannot defer their enrollment.

Related links:

Tuition and Fees (Salt)

Financial Aid

How to Apply (Salt)

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