Magic Grant Eligibility for Funding

Stanford University. Teams of two or more graduate students or postdoctoral fellows working in disciplines relevant to media and technology, (e.g., computer science, engineering, data science, statistics, communications, journalism, the digital humanities, design, and business) are encouraged to apply. Teams may also include an exceptionally qualified undergraduate student or a visiting student, as long as the other team members are graduate students or postdoctoral fellows. All grant recipients must be matriculated at Stanford during the 2020-21 academic year. Magic Grants can complement fellowships or similar unrestricted funding from other sources. Students who already have partial funding for the proposed project are also encouraged to apply. Applications may be submitted directly by students, with supporting letters from faculty. Faculty are eligible to apply and be considered primary team members, however, strong preference is given to student lead projects.

Columbia University. We seek applications from teams of students, faculty, alumni, or members of New York City’s larger creative and research communities working in areas relevant to media and technology (and specifically journalism, communications, the digital humanities, statistics, computer and data science, engineering, design and business). Magic Grant recipients, however, must spend their time working on their grants at Columbia during the 2020-21 academic year, assuming they are in the NYC area.

Bicoastal Teams. The Brown Institute has forged a unique connection between Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and Stanford School of Engineering. As such, we are particularly interested in supporting “bicoastal” Magic Grants proposals, those with teams that have at least one member associated with each university meeting the institutional eligibility requirements listed above.