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Tuesday, July 23, 2024


The Student Media Grant Program grants funds to students or recent graduates to conduct development or extension programs in the field and chronicle issues affecting conflict areas.

Student Media Grant Program Application Information

The 2023-2024 Application Period is now closed. Proposals are under review.

 We will announce new grantees in January 2024.     


Proposal Format

Proposal Sections

·       Cover page

·       Thematic focus

·       Motivation for doing this work (1/2 to 1 page)

·       Planned activities over a minimum 2-month period

·       Specific plans and deliverables for media (photography, film, radio, podcasts, blogs, etc.)

·       Timeline

·       Budget

·       (Attachment) Recommendation Letter

Submission Instructions

·       Proposals should be submitted to with “SMGP: [Name of Student, Target Country], as the subject line.

·       Only one proposal can be submitted per student.

·      Remember the following requirements:

1.     Submit your 4-page proposal as a Microsoft Word document (Times New Roman font, 12 point, single space) or PDF document.

2.     Include a cover sheet with your personal contact details, academic year, university name, and academic department. Use your academic email address to submit your proposal. The cover sheet must have the names and contact information of at least two faculty or staff at your university who could serve as references. You may also include links to your previous work (website, published articles, social media handles, etc.)  

3.     Attach a letter of recommendation signed by your supervising professor, in official letterhead from your university.


Selection Criteria 

(What the Proposal Reviewers will be looking at to select winning proposals)

·       Thematic Focus:

o   Is well thought out and provides a clear thematic focus and/or issue to be chronicled

o   Proposes innovative use of media to chronicle chosen issue

o   Has clear goal that is related to the issue

o   Is pulled from a variety of sources

·       Motivation for Work (1/2 to 1 page):

o   Provide at least 1/2 page of statement of motivation for work

o   Motivation is clearly focused in an organized and thoughtful manner

o   Information is constructed in a logical pattern to support the theme and/or issue to be chronicled

·       Planned Activities:

o   Planned activities span a two-month period (may include preparation for travel and editing/reporting after travel)

o   Provides specific plans for media/publication/blogging and indicated target media for publication

o   Provides clear deliverables

·       Budget and Timeline for Travel Plans:

o   Provides well-structured budget and requests amount under the $5000 limit

o   Provides high leverage to project with external funds (not required, but encouraged)

o   Provides clear travel dates and indicates cities and locations for travel

o   Majority of requested budget is spent conducting project in the field

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