Leonardo Imagination Fellowship 2024-2025

Leonardo-ASU and the Center for Science and the Imagination are proud to announce our third Imagination Fellowship, starting in September 2024. In this virtual, global program, Fellows will develop experimental media projects exploring diverse aspects of Planetary Health Futures, including but not limited to issues of climate, human well-being, interspecies relationships, democracy, emerging social structures, and safeguarding the Earth’s habitability for humans and other life forms.

Fellows will reflect on how their projects support, align with, and add new complexity and nuance to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They should also substantively engage with the notion of experimental media, charting new territory in areas like Artificial Intelligence, Expanded Reality, immersive storytelling, world building, and more. Projects should embrace global perspectives and invite global participation, and demonstrate commitment to justice and equity.

Each Fellow will produce a discrete media artifact, but also will be supported in collaborative, cross-disciplinary experimentation with practice and process throughout the Fellowship period. Examples of outputs or deliverables include, but are not limited to: experimental publishing projects, from books and novellas to zines and networked texts; expanded reality projects, from virtual and augmented reality to mixed reality; games and interactive experiences; films and video installations; sonic environments and acoustic experiences.

We invite Fellowship applications focusing on a range of themes. Each Fellow will connect their work with one of the following themes currently connected to portfolios of Leonardo-ASU and/or the Center for Science and the Imagination.

CIVIC FUTURES (for example, Healthy Communities, Healthy Governance)

CLIMATE FUTURES (for example, Climate Crisis, Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Water Futures)

The Imagination Fellowship Program will offer up to 3 virtual Fellowships, beginning in September 2024, running through May 2025. Applications are due Sunday, July 14, by 11:59 pm Arizona time (UTC-7). Fellows will receive $6,000 each during the 9 month Fellowship period.

This Fellowship builds on the success of our pilot program in 2020 and the 2023-2024 Fellowship. Learn more about that program and our past fellows on the Leonardo/ISAST website.
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