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In memory of Susan Tifft ’73: a fellowship program for women

In 2017, a Duke alumna generously established the Susan E. Tifft Initiative on Documentary and Journalism in memory of her friend and classmate Susan E. Tifft ’73.

From 1998 to 2009, Tifft was the Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism at the Sanford School of Public Policy.   

The initiative provides support for Susan Tifft Fellows, who are selected from an international pool of women media artists, journalists and documentarians working in text, photography, radio and film, to attend one-week creative residencies at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS). Fellowships are granted by invitation for ongoing work that experiments with and pushes forward issues at the intersection of documentary and journalism and that explores narrative forms, digital expression and stories that contribute to a more just, inclusive world.   

 During their fellowship residency, Susan Tifft Fellows give public lectures, engage in classroom teaching and provide one-on-one mentoring for both undergraduate and graduate students. The program serves as a great example of opportunities that CDS provides to enrich the student experience.