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Thursday, September 16, 2021

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

SMGP Proposals are accepted between Sept. 15th - Nov 15th, 2021 

This year, we are accepting proposals from students within The Texas A&M University System (https://www.tamus.edu/universities/)

The new application period is September 15th - November 15th, 2021 and we expect to announce winners in January 2022.  We will continue monitoring the COVID-19 situation and adjust our program if needed. Students must abide by their university's travel rules when completing their programs. 

Texas A&M University's Travel Guidance may be found here: TAMU TRAVEL GUIDEANCE FOR STUDENT INDEPENDENT PROGRAMS

SMGP PROPOSAL INSTRUCTIONS ---> Click Here 

About SMGP:

ConDev's Student Media Grant Program awards funds to current students or recent graduates from within the Texas A&M University System 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:

  • Our Student Media Grant Program has recently been adjusted to better align with our cross-cutting themes which are central to our 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:

     

             1.     Food security      2.    Youth Employment    3.    Natural Resources    4.    Local Institutions

    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.

     


All work produced by Student Media Grant winners will be used by the Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to advance advocacy and public awareness of critical issues facing international development. All other organizations or individuals wishing to use any of the work produced by Student Media Grant winners will require previous approval from the authors. 



2020-2021 Student Media Grant Projects 

*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some SMGP projects were delayed. 

Current SMGP Projects

Students are completing their photojournalism projects.  Please see updates on their work on our social media networks @ConDevCenter  


All work produced by Student Media Grant winners will be used by the Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to advance advocacy and public awareness of critical issues facing international development. All other organizations or individuals wishing to use any of the work produced by Student Media Grant winners will require previous approval from the authors. 

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Past Projects

Past winners have traveled to and produced photography highlighting issues in many conflict-affected regions.

2018 Projects


2013 Projects

This website is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development. The contents are the sole responsibility of ConDev, and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

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