The Center on Conflict and Development is seeking applications for the Student Media Grant Program to enable and encourage student photographers (especially those interested in photojournalism and international conflict) to document and highlight issues related to conflict and development through stunning visual media in the country where these events are taking place.
ConDev’s Student Media Grant Program awards funds to current students or recent graduates from accredited universities worldwide interested in conducting field work in conflict-affected areas of the world. Grantees can work on a variety of research or extension programs that will allow them to chronicle critical issues being faced by communities, such as:
- Peace and reconciliation
- Poverty and food insecurity
- Forms of violence (gender, school, domestic, political, etc)
- Migration/refugee crisis
This grant was inspired by Howard G. Buffett’s use of photography to document the nexus of conflict and development in “Fragile: The Human Condition.” This grant is funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation Chair on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University.
SMGP Program Areas
The Student Media Grant Program has recently been adjusted to better align with their cross-cutting themes which are central to their operations, and to be more collaborative with the ConDev research portfolio. ConDev’s research focuses largely on mitigating conflict related to four program areas, which are based on their potential to combat key drivers of international conflict:
Through SMGP, grantees will need to demonstrate a 3-month engagement (minimum) with international development issues through extension activities, internships, student research, or other programs and create media content to document that engagement. Students may use photography, videos, blogs, social media and other forms of photojournalism to document how their program contributed to development issues.
Awards will not exceed $5,000 per award.
- They look forward to receiving proposals from students from accredited universities around the world and to selecting their new 2022-2023 Student Media Grant Program grantees!
- This year, they welcome proposals from current students or recent graduates from any accredited university worldwide. Undergraduate, graduate, Master’s, and PhD students may apply.
- You do not have to be a U.S. citizen or resident to apply. Recent graduates must have a 2022 graduation date.
- Students from all majors and areas of study are encouraged to apply.
- Your major does not have to be related to photography, journalism or international studies, though applicants with previous photography experience are especially encouraged to apply.
- However, your proposal must include a conflict component.
- If you are graduating soon, you may apply. Also, recent graduates (1 yr from graduation) may apply. You must be a student or recent graduate to apply, and provide contact information for a faculty member at your university who may provide references. Please remember that applications are open only to students from within the Texas A&M University System.
For more information, visit https://www.condevcenter.org/Education/Student-Media-Grant