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2023 Community Folklife Fellowship

The Community Folklife Fellowship Program is a statewide initiative supported by the NEA, designed to empower individuals from diverse regions and communities in Texas. Through immersive workshops and community partnerships, fellows learn the art of documenting community traditions, ensuring their preservation for future generations.

Fellows of the Community Folklife Fellowship Program are granted a stipend and the opportunity to train in oral history. They will also produce a podcast episode and share their knowledge by teaching a community workshop in their regions.

A carefully selected group of 7 fellows will be chosen from the pool of applicants, representing different areas across the state. Fellows will receive a $1,500 stipend and $1,000 in project funds.

El Programa Community Folklife Fellowship es una iniciativa estatal respaldada por el NEA, diseñada para empoderar a individuos de diversas regiones y comunidades en Texas. A través de talleres inmersivos y colaboraciones con la comunidad, los becarios aprenden el arte de documentar las tradiciones comunitarias, asegurando su preservación para las futuras generaciones.

A los becarios del Community Folklife Fellowship se les otorga una beca y la oportunidad de capacitarse en historia oral. También producirán un episodio de podcast y compartirán sus conocimientos impartiendo un taller comunitario en sus regiones.

Un grupo cuidadosamente seleccionado de 7 becarios será elegido entre los solicitantes, representando diferentes áreas de todo el estado. Los becarios recibirán una remuneración de $1,500 y $1,000 en fondos para el proyecto.


Application Timeline

1. Application Deadline: September 3, 2023, 11:59 PM
2. Recommendation Deadline: September 3, 2023, 11:59 PM
3. Notifications by September 22, 2023
4. Program Start Date: October 14, 2023

Application Resources

1. Application Overview: You will submit your application using this online form, but we recommend you review the Application Overview before you apply to prepare your answers and materials, as the form cannot save your work.

2. Application Form: When your materials are ready, apply online using this form.

3. Recommendation Form (Letter of Support): Have your recommenders submit their Letter of Support using this recommendation form. Please make sure to give enough notice to your recommenders so they can complete the forms by Sep 3, 2023

Program Timeline

This program will run from October 2023 through May 2024. It will be divided into two sessions - Fall and Spring. 

The fall session runs from mid-October through mid-December. The Spring session runs from mid-January through the end of May.


Stipend: $1,500

Project funds: $1,000

Software: All fellows will receive access to Soundtrap for audio editing and Descript for transcription.

Workshops and Meetings

First Workshop: October 14, 2023

Workshops will generally occur once a month on a Saturday morning over Zoom. Exception: in October and January, there will be 2 workshops for the month to kick off the Fall and Spring sessions. 

Participants will also have the option to meet with instructors/mentors during a regular virtual "office hour"

Additional tech workshops may be offered.


This fellowship program centers around independent projects, the topics defined by the fellows. See last year’s projects for examples. 

Projects will require independent research with communities and culminate in 3 deliverables: a podcast episode, a blog post (with photos or videos), and a community workshop or public exhibit. 

1. Each fellow will produce a documentary podcast episode, which Texas Folklife will distribute as the second season of our podcast series, The Folklorist Next Door, through Buzzsprout, our website, Soundcloud, and PRX. 2. Each Fellow will also create a blog post for their project. 

3. Each fellow teaches a workshop for community members and/or prepares a public exhibit in their region. 

The program will require consistent commitment and independent work. Expect to spend 10-20 hours per month on this project outside of workshops. 

Region Map

Fellowship Region Map

2023-2024 Fellowship Application Overview

2023-2024 Fellowship Application

Submit letters of recommendation

View Last Year's Application Materials

2022 Fellowship Cohort & Their Projects

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how the National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit