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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
When/how can I apply?
Applications for the 2018 fellowship program are now closed. Please sign up for email updates to get updates about future programs.
When will the 2018 Fellows be selected?
The 2018 Fellows will be selected in May 2018. All applicants will be notified by that point.
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?
Feel free to apply if you are over 21 by the time the program starts in June 2018.
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 8 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?
Yes, select applicants will be invited to take part in an interview with the selection committee in April 2018.
What days/times will the sessions take place?
The sessions will take place at the Sesame Street offices in NYC on Mondays 6-9PM (June 4, 11, 18, 25 and July 9, 16, 23, 30).
What are the Terms and Conditions?
What if I have additional questions?
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