Adult Scholarships for Documentary Production Class

Thanks to support from the William and Karen Tell Foundation, Docs In Progress will offer a competitive scholarship for a nonprofit professional interested in spending six Saturday mornings learning the basics of documentary filmmaking. Please review information and  guidelines below before applying.

This hands-on class for new filmmakers focuses on how to plan, shoot and edit a short documentary video. The class, generally held over seven consecutive Saturdays, introduces participants to screen language and storytelling, and provides hands-on experience with digital video cameras and the Adobe Premiere editing system. Participants  work in small teams to produce a 3-5 minute short documentary. Stories are assigned and  drawn from people and places in the surrounding areas of Docs In Progress. Camera and editing equipment will be provided for the assigned project only. To see some past films produced by production students, visit our YouTube Channel

Docs In Progress generally offers our Intro to Documentary Production class three times per year.
The next session takes place April 20 - June 8, 2019.

This is a competitive, need-based scholarship aimed at providing a nonprofit employee a partially-subsidized spot in an Intro to Documentary Production class. Determination of the scholarship recipient will be made through the review of applications which are submitted online.


1. Applicants must complete an online application which includes a short essay as to why they would be interested in participating in this program. They must include two references, including their supervisor or Board Chair at their nonprofit organization. 

2. Applicants must be based in Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia.

3. If selected, the scholarship recipient must be available to attend all sessions of the class except in the case of illness.

4. Scholarship recipients may be asked to write a short essay about their experience during the class and may be invited to present their film at a public screening.

5. Scholarship recipients may be photographed, videotaped, or interviewed by Docs In Progress for outreach purposes.

6. There is no fee to apply for the scholarship.  However, if selected for the scholarship, the recipient or his/her nonprofit organization would be responsible for paying $300 as the reduced fee for the class in full prior to the first day of class (the class is normally between $595-625). Fees include all supplies and educational materials, but do not include transportation to the class.

7. Scholarship funds are not transferable to other classes, sessions, or participants.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Click here to apply