Student Media Photo-Journalism Grant

Deadline: 31 October 2015
Open to: undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at an accredited university worldwide
Grant: up to USD 5,000


The Student Media Grant is an annual opportunity offered to students interested in using innovative methods to research and chronicle issues facing fragile and conflict-affected nations. 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”.

The selected students will spend at least three months next year engaged in and documenting an international development issue that reflects the challenges faced by fragile and conflict-affected nations, including but not limited to food insecurity, health, youth employment, land tenure and poverty.

During their experience, students will be required to:

  • Demonstrate a minimum three-month engagement with international development issues through extension activities, internships, student research, or other pursuits;
  • Create a multimedia deliverable for ConDev (the Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M)’s social media and/or website and document their chosen subjects through photo, video, radio or some other form of media that draws attention to conflict and development issues;
  • Publish or exhibit their work in a form of refereed media with the possibility of publishing with Texas A&M University Press.


The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at an accredited university worldwide. Students graduating in May 2016 are also eligible to apply.


Awards are expected not to exceed USD 5,000 per awardee and will be made at the discretion of the Chair. The grant will be eligible for use between January 2016 to December 2016. If your travel dates are outside that period, please apply to the 2016 call for proposals.


Students should submit proposals that describe their anticipated travel, research, and photographic subjects or activities.

  • No more than four (8.5”×11”) pages;
  • 12 point, Times New Roman font.

Proposals must include:

  • A cover sheet including:
    • Applicants’ personal contact details, academic year and academic department;
    • The names and contact information of at least two faculty or staff who could serve as references.
  • Thematic focus;
  • Motivation for doing this work (½ to 1 page);
  • Planned activities over a 3-month period;
  • Specific plans and deliverables for media (film, podcasts, photography, radio, etc.);
  • Target media for publication;
  • A letter signed by the student’s supervising professor;
  • Timeline;
  • Budget.

Applicants are also permitted to include links to samples of their previous work in their proposals.

Proposals should be submitted to with “SMGP: [Name of Student]” as the subject line. Only one proposal can be submitted per student. Deadline for applying is 31 October 2015.

For more information please visit the official website.

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