Last Minute Resources for Magic Grant Applicants

Magic Grant applications are due April 8! Are you interested in applying but still have lingering questions about an idea or some part of the application? Meet with members of the Brown Institute to talk through your questions at one of our events – these include office hours, Magic Grant information sessions, and our cocktail hours online. Details for each of these can be found below.

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Office Hours

To meet with us individually to discuss specifics to your proposal / project idea, schedule office hours with our Deputy Director Michael Krisch ( or our Impact Fellow Juan Saldarriaga (

Information Session

Monday, April 4 at 5-6PM – Register at Eventbrite (Held in-person at the Brown Institute space at Columbia, and on Zoom)

Tuesday, April 5 at 1-2PM – Register at Eventbrite (Held in-person at the Brown Institute space at Columbia, and on Zoom)

If you’re interested in learning more about our Magic Grant offerings, come to our upcoming information session where you can find out:

  • The types of projects we’re interested in supporting
  • The various types of support we offer to grantees & fellows
  • Eligibility guidelines
  • How our staff can help you develop your proposal
  • How to apply

Happy Hour

Lastly, if you interested in mingling in a more informal setting, meeting with other potential applicants as well as staff, come to one of our happy hours happening online at

Monday, April 4 at 8PM EST –
Wednesday, April 6 at 8PM EST –

About the Program

Each year, the Brown Institute awards close to $1M in grants to help you “follow your passion and experiment with new approaches to storytelling,” to paraphrase Helen Gurley Brown.

Our “Magic Grants” are a unique blend of technology and media. Grantees develop new ways to find and tell stories —  producing platforms that extend our creativity, or creating powerful new works of journalism.

  • A Magic Grant can mean financial support for you and your team for up to a year (fellowships at Columbia, research positions at Stanford)
  • A Magic Grant can provide funding for your project — for production, prototyping, or purchasing services, software or equipment
  • A Magic Grant offers access to mentorship and our extensive alumni network


Good Luck!