Student Media Grant Program

Deadline:  31 October 2019
Open to: students (under/graduate) from around the world
Benefits: USD 5,000


The Center on Conflict and Development (ConDev) at Texas A&M University works to improve the effectiveness of development programs and policies for conflict-affected and fragile countries through multidisciplinary research and education. ConDev uses science and technology to:

– Reduce armed conflict,

– Sustain families and communities during conflict, and

– Assist states to rapidly recover from conflict.

This is accomplished through (1) multidisciplinary, interlinked research, teaching and practice (2) dissemination of results into development policy, program design and management, and (3) scholarly publication on the causes of conflict and its remediation through the application of science and technology. The Center tests the general hypothesis that conflict at the interface of human communities is caused by perceived differential benefits from capital in its various forms, and that science and technology can be used to modify perceived benefits at those interfaces to reduce conflict and the damage it causes.

For ConDev’s Student Media Grants, there will be an award up to USD 5,000 to current students interested in capturing conflict-related issues facing fragile and conflict-affected areas of Latin America through stunning photography and/or videography. This photojournalism grant is funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation Chair on Conflict and Development.


The program is open to university students worldwide (undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D.) wishing to conduct photojournalism projects in Latin America. Proposals for other areas of the world will not be considered.


An award is not expected to exceed USD 5,000 per awardee and will be made at the discretion of the Chair.

How to apply?

Proposals should be submitted to with “SMGP 2020: [Name of Student]” as the subject line and up to two proposals can be submitted per student.

Students should submit proposals that will describe their expected travel, research and photographic subjects. They should choose an international development area that reflects issues of food insecurity, health, education, land tenure, poverty, or other issues facing people in fragile and conflict-affected nations in Latin America.

Proposals should be submitted as a Microsoft Word Document to with “Student Media Grant: [Name of Student]” as the subject line, with any samples attached. Only one proposal can be submitted per student.

For more information, please visit the official web page.