UC Davis Global Affairs  & Imagining America


UC Davis Global Affairs  Imagining America


Creative Documentation Fellowship

UC Davis Global Affairs and Imagining America (IA) seek applications from UC Davis students for a Creative Documentation Fellowship during the 2017 Imagining America National Conference, October 12–14, 2017 at UC Davis.

Fellows Receive:

  • $200 stipend
  • Three-day IA national conference registration ($125 value)
  • Special recognition at the conference 
  • Participation in conference sessions 
  • Access to site-specific workshops in the region 
  • Performance and media exhibition experiences 
  • Chance to meet engaged scholars and artists from across the country 
  • Post-conference mentorship
  • Exhibition of your work at the UC Davis International Center


Who Can Apply: Current UC Davis students
Application Deadline: September 18, 2017
Decision Notification: October 5, 2017
Final Creative Project Due Date: November 17, 2017

After the conference, fellows will translate their conference experience into a creative work informed by this question: How can we meaningfully “(Re)Imagine America” in a global context, and why is it important that we do so today?

Fellowship Requirements:

  • Attend a one-hour orientation on October 11 
  • ​Participate in the IA national conference, October 12-14
  • Meet twice with a faculty or IA staff mentor in the three weeks following the conference​
  • Produce a creative work by November 17
  • Work with Global Affairs staff to exhibit the creative work (or a visual representation of the work) in late fall 2017 or early winter 2018 quarter in the UC Davis International Center.


Fellows will meet with a faculty or IA staff mentor as they prepare their creative work, which will be displayed at the UC Davis International Center and added to the Imagining America archive.


  • Be a current UC Davis student
  • Be available to attend the orientation (October 11), and IA conference (October 12-14)
  • Have familiarity with some form of creative arts, humanities, or design
  • Be a current UC Davis student

Ideal applicants will:

  • Address their personal Interests in global issues, higher education, equity, and democratic engagement in their application essay
  • Share examples of previous creative work

What Do We Mean by “Creative Work”?


We invite applications from students with any degree of experience and skill in the visual arts, textile arts, literature, performing arts, design, cinema and digital media, music and composition, or another creative field not named here. The fellow should already possess experience in one of these fields to more readily produce the creative work in the allotted time frame following the conference. Examples of creative works might include a sculpture, poem, drawing or painting, digital/video short, weaving, musical composition, or dance. The final creative work will need to be a visual object, have a visual component, or be made into a visual representation for the exhibition.

What Is Imagining America (IA)? 

Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life is a national consortium of university and cultural partners who advance public scholarship, community building, and campus change through the arts, humanities, and design. IA recently moved its national headquarters to UC Davis and will host the national conference—C.A.L.L. [Communities. Arts. Lands. Learning]—from October 12-14, 2017.

The conference is a space where publically engaged artists, designers, scholars, students, and culture workers meet for a three-day immersive experience to learn from one another, challenge inequalities, and work together towards envisioning and co-creating our future.

What Is UC Davis Global Affairs? 

The mission of UC Davis Global Affairs is to inspire global curiosity, understanding and engagement. We envision a UC Davis community that engages, thrives and leads in an interconnected world. Through this partnership with Imagining America, we seek to support  students in their efforts to creatively “(Re)Imagine America” in a global context.

How to Apply:



Questions about the Application Process?

Email Nathan Camp in UC Davis Global Affairs: necamp@ucdavis.edu