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Below are a few common questions about the fellowship program. For additional questions not covered below, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I apply?
Applications for the 2020 program are not open yet. Once the application is available, you will see an option to APPLY HERE in the top right corner of the page. If you submitted an application for the 2019 program, you may also select LOGIN to use your same credentials.
When is the application due?
Details for the 2020 program have not yet been announced. In the past, applications for the 2019 program were accepted from November 1, 2018 through December 3, 2018 at 5 p.m. EST.
What are the script sample and resume requirements?
All documents should be saved and uploaded as PDF files. Your script sample should be no more than 11-pages (12 pages in total with the title page – please follow application instructions for the title page and DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME or any personal information on your script document, as scripts will be reviewed anonymously). Your script should be in 12-point Times New Roman or Courier font, and it must feature kid-friendly original content for viewers up to age 12. “Original” means that the stories and characters should be your own, and NOT Sesame Street characters.
Can a writing pair apply?
No, we can only accept individual writers to the program. If you are in a writing pair, you must submit a script that you wrote by yourself.
Can I submit a short story or manuscript?
No, for this fellowship we can only accept writing that is in a script format. That said, it can be a script for a play, television, film, etc.
Can I submit multiple applications, featuring different scripts?
No — only one application will be accepted per person.
Will I have to work on the script from my application during the fellowship?
No, you are free to continue working on your application’s script during the fellowship, or you can work on another idea you have.
What are underrepresented racial groups?
The Sesame Street Writers’ Room fellowship is an effort to identify and increase the presence of underrepresented voices in children’s media writing. For this specific purpose, underrepresented groups are those who identify as any of the following: Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, Hispanic, Native American, Middle Eastern, or multiracial.
Should applicants have writing experience?
No, writing experience is not necessary to apply—what is most important is that applicants show a passion for writing. Our goal is to identify and nurture new writers from underrepresented backgrounds for children’s educational media. Therefore applicants cannot have extensive media writing experience, such as having written more than 6 episodes for a network or cable series.
I am not 21 now, but what if I turn 21 by the time the fellowship begins?
For the 2019 program, applicants were welcome to apply if they were over 21 by the time the program started in May 2019.
I am not a US citizen or permanent resident - can I apply?
No, we can only accept applications from those with US citizenship or permanent residency.
Do participants have to pay for the fellowship?
The fellowship is free of charge to apply and to participate. However, participants must be able to get to NYC for the eight weekly sessions, which will be held on a weeknight evening. Any travel and lodging expenses are the participant’s sole responsibility.
Will there be interviews? If so, when will the interviews be held?
For the 2019 program, select applicants were invited to take part in an interview with the selection committee in Spring 2019.
What days/times will the sessions take place?
The exact details have not been confirmed, but the sessions will likely take place over eight weekly, 3-hour, weeknight evenings from early May until mid-July, at the Sesame Street offices in New York City.
What are the Terms and Conditions?
What if I have additional questions?
Contact us at email@example.com