XRts Immersive Media Fellowship

XRts Immersive Media Fellowship

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Supporting diverse artists, technologists and designers to drive social change through immersive experiences

The XRts Immersive Media Fellowship aims to facilitate and help disseminate work by artists whose experiences are commensurate with the challenges that face BIPOC students, early career artists and entrepreneurs in emerging media and extended reality (XR). The fellowship is co-run by the Herberger Institute and ASU Gammage and supported by the New American Council for Arts and Design.

Vision and goals

BIPOC Artist career development

Creating highly visible and well-supported opportunities for both emerging BIPOC artists in XR and established BIPOC artists in other areas exploring a new medium.

Fusion of process and product

Finding balance between an experience that produces successful final work product and is also instrumental to growth in the artists’ practice.

National distinction and impact

Maximizing ASU Gammage and the Herberger Institute’s incredible web of resources and assets to create a program unequaled elsewhere.

Partnership development

Leveraging the program’s visibility and network expansion to drive long-term partner development for sustainability.

The fellowship

The XRts Immersive Media Fellowship is open to established and emerging diverse creators in the field of extended reality or emerging media who seek to deepen their work with an expanded pool of resources and student and expert faculty assistance and to established creators in another form or medium seeking to develop work in emerging media/extended reality forms with expert guidance and student assistance. Fellows in any given cohort must have a focus in the area of performing arts or other forms of integrating live performance into XR forms.

Fellows will receive:

  • A $35,000–70,000 stipend (determined based on scale of project and time spent in residency) and support for housing and travel. It is not expected the fellowship constitute all or even a majority of the fellow's professional activity for the year.
  • $25,000–50,000 project support fund.
  • Access to resources across three physical locations:
    • Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Center in Mesa, Arizona with soundstages, screening theaters, enhanced immersion studio, motion/volumetric capture, virtual production, computing labs, recording studios, prototyping/fabrication labs and more.
    • ASU California Center, home of the Narrative and Emerging Media program, with virtual production volume, computing labs, event space and more.
    • ASU Tempe Campus with the Immersive Creation Studio, ASU Cultural Affairs/ASU Gammage, Dreamscape development pods, fabrication labs, motion capture and more.
  • Support from a team of graduate and upper division undergraduate students.
  • Faculty consultations in almost any field and discipline.
  • Access to the vast research advancement resources at ASU, including resources for grantwriting and technology transfer.
  • A communications and public awareness campaign.
  • Network development assistance, especially in terms of growing connections with producers, presenters, funders and venues across the country and world for further dissemination and distribution of the work.
  • A produced final showcase or pilot with press and a website.

Fellows may apply for up to one additional year of support, for a total fellowship appointment of two years.

Apply for the inaugural cohort

All individuals are able to apply and participate in our programs and events without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Application guidelines and process

Application components

Applicants must submit:

  • A letter of intent describing their proposed activities for the fellowship period and the potential impact of those activities.
  • A résumé/CV.
  • A portfolio of work, submitted either as the URL of an online portfolio/website or a PDF of work samples.

Application criteria

Qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Potential for national/international distinction: Both the long-term sustainability of this program and the advancement of the careers of the creators rely on the work emerging from this program gaining recognition in the larger world.
  • Impact on the artist: Fellowships are meant to be developmental, and it is critical that this experience advance the careers and artistic practice of these creators, so each application will be evaluated on this basis.
  • Social impact: Though providing opportunities for diverse creators who do not have to focus on social impact is a critical need, this is also a time of dire need for the impact of thoughtful, justice-minded creators in all modes. It is also critical to note that “social impact,” in this context, can take on a wide variety of meanings, but the program is particularly interested in arts- and design-based methodologies for influencing policy frameworks.
  • Integration of ASU community: Everything we do at ASU Gammage and in the Herberger Institute should be of benefit to our community in some manner, and the chance for our students, faculty and community members to connect with these creators is of value to both parties.
  • Feasibility: Each application will be evaluated by expert faculty and staff on its feasibility given the available resources and proposed time frame.

Selection process and timeline

Two to four fellows will be selected each spring for a fellowship period of one year via the following process:

  • Application submissions received by May 30 will be given priority review, but applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed on a weekly basis thereafter. Applications reviewed by faculty advisory panel.
  • Interviews of selected finalists will be conducted: June 20–July 1.
  • Fellowship period begins on August 19, 2022 and ends on August 19, 2023.
  • Fellows are expected to attend the first cohort meeting in Los Angeles from August 29–31, 2022.

All individuals are able to apply and participate in our programs and events without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

ASU advisory panel

Nonny de la Pena
Progrm Dir + Profr of Practice

Jacob Pinholster
Asc Dean + Ctr Dir & Asc Profr

Michael Reed
Dir of Prgms and Org Initiatives

Lauren Ruffin
National Field Leader in Residence