ASU-Leonardo Imagination Fellowship

ASU-Leonardo Imagination Fellowship
Friday, August 21, 2020 - 1:10pm to Sunday, September 6, 2020 - 11:55pm

ASU-Leonardo and the Center for Science and the Imagination (CSI) are proud to announce the Leonardo Imagination Fellowship Program in fall 2020. Fellows selected to participate in this prototype season of the fellowship will join a virtual program to explore experimental ArtScience innovation practices, across multiple publishing and broadcast media platforms, that imagine a regenerative, vibrant global future for all. 

Fellows will propose and carry out hybrid creative projects and activities that integrate art & science for positive global impact (spanning local to planetary scope) aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We will support experimental work, especially across new and emerging media or publishing, to model new ways that ArtScience can advance resilience, justice, empathy, cooperation, generosity, trust, and other qualities that make social systems and digital culture more human and more humane. Through the fellowship we hope not just to advance individual projects but also to support collaborations that connect diverse communities of practice and interest as well as the existing networks of Leonardo and CSI together for dialog, engagement, and empowerment.

The inaugural Fellowship Program will offer up to three virtual fellowships, beginning in October 2020, for a duration of 8 weeks. 

Each Leonardo Imagination Fellow will:

  • Be recognized across ASU-Leonardo, CSI, Leonardo/ISAST, and related platforms

  • Receive up to US$1,000 stipend as cash honorarium

  • Receive up to US$1,000 additionally, in support of direct expenses

  • Receive technical assistance from ASU to develop and complete their work

  • Receive access to Leonardo archives and ASU academic resources in pursuit of scholarly research and creative practice

  • Participate in a co-created Leo Mentor Matrix, identifying 1–2 mentors, 1–2 peers, and 1–2 protégés with whom they will engage throughout their fellowship 

  • Lead an ASU LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) event featuring a
    presentation they offer, and another by a presenter whom they will
    select & invite

  • Share their Statement of Intent to be disseminated across ASU-Leonardo & CSI network

  • Produce two Fellowship pieces (statement, creative work, research documentation, digital media, immersive experience, etc.) to be shared midway through the fellowship period as a work-in-progress/process, and at the end as a culmination of the Fellowship

  • Participate in special and ongoing events and activities of ASU-Leonardo and CSI

  • Commit 2-4 hours per week throughout the duration of the fellowship for collaborative meetings and activities where the fellows can engage with one another and the Leonardo and CSI networks, and additional time for self-directed project work

Fellowships support diversity, equity, and inclusivity in ArtScience creative practice and scholarly inquiry that amplify voices of underrepresented talent, including but not limited to people overcoming or living with experiences of forced migration, exile, systemic racism, incarceration, discrimination, disability, marginalization, environmental justice, and other vulnerable circumstances. Priority consideration will be given to fellowships promoting social justice, antiracism, inclusion of underrepresented genders, and equity through dismantling systemic social injustice and humanizing digital culture. 

Who Is Eligible?

Applicants must be 18 years of age and must have completed an undergraduate degree or comparable life learning experience. This opportunity is open to people in any nation or territory worldwide.


  • Applications Due: Sunday, September 6 by 11:59pm U.S. Pacific Time (PDT, UTC−07:00)

  • Selected Applicants Notified: Friday, October 2

  • Fellowships launch week of October 19

  • Fellowships conclude week of December 14

Application Process and Materials

Projects should explore experimental media, publication, and/or communications drawing on the intersection of art/science practices and technologies to address issues of the future (e.g., SDGs, sustainability regeneration, public health, social justice, equity, collective imagination). 

To apply, complete the application form at by Sunday, September 6 at 11:59 U.S. Pacific Time (PDT, UTC−07:00):

  • Full name, email address, phone number, and mailing address

  • Resume, CV and/or LinkedIn Bio

  • Short bio (150 words or less)

  • Short narrative project description: How do you imagine using this time and opportunity? Get us excited about what this fellowship could help you achieve! (750 words or less)

  • Examples of prior work: scholarly research, portfolio, social media, published writing, etc., are all acceptable. What can you share that shows us your creative history? (Please send links to a website, or to a cloud-based storage folder like Dropbox, Google Drive, Firefox Send, etc.)


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