Student Storyteller in Residence

Become a Great Plains storyteller!

Do you have a story to tell about the Great Plains? The Center for Great Plains Studies invites any UNL undergraduate or graduate student to apply for its inaugural Student Storyteller in Residence. The successful applicant will be provided a one-time stipend of $1,275, an office at the Center for the 2023-24 year, and mentorship by a committee of Center Fellows. Applications due by May 1, 2023. Applicants will be notified by June 1. Sample storytelling projects include (but are not limited to) a:

  • podcast
  • creative non-fiction essay
  • poetry chapbook
  • website
  • film
  • visual artwork

This program is funded by the Michael Farrell Fund for Student Storytelling, administered through the University of Nebraska Foundation.

Michael Farrell has been a storyteller all his life. He spent most of his career as an award-winning public media documentarian focused on the culture, history, and environment of Nebraska and the Great Plains. Whether it’s the Platte Basin Timelapse project or another topic suited to the Great Plains, Michael hopes to inspire students to orient themselves toward storytelling. In honor of Michael’s career and the many people who supported him in doing what he loves year after year, he is establishing this fund.


To apply, email with your CV/resumé and a cover letter of no more than two pages that includes:

  • Why you are interested in the program
  • What project you would like to pursue and how it relates to the Great Plains
  • Which Center Fellows would be helpful mentors to you (choose no more than four from the list at
Students in the Great Plains

Photo by Carlee Koehler