The Howard G. Buffett Foundation Chair on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University invites proposals for the 2020 Student Media Grants Program. The SMGP is an annual photojournalism grant awarded 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.” It is managed by The Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University (“ConDev”).
Worth of Award
- ConDev’s Student Media Grants award up to $5,000 to current students interested in capturing conflict-related issues facing fragile and conflict-affected areas of Latin America through stunning photography.
- 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 PhD) wishing to conduct photojournalism projects in Latin America. Proposals for other areas of the world will not be considered.
How to Apply
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.
During their experience, students will be required to accomplish the following:
- Show three-month engagement (minimum) with international development issues through extension activities, internships, student research, etc.
- Write a series of blog postings for the ConDev Blog during their experience and a final report or blog
- Document their chosen subjects through photo and/or video journalism that draws attention to conflict and development issues
- Publish or exhibit the results of their work in a form of refereed media
- Students are encouraged to use the book and associated photographic art from Fragile: the Human Condition (by Howard G. Buffett) as an example of both engagement and documenting issues at the nexus of conflict and development.
- Interested students should submit a proposal during the open application period , that outlines their intended use of grant funds, with details about locations to be visited, issues to be studied, how the funds will be used, and any special needs. Proposals should not exceed four (4) 8.5×11 pages typed in 12 point Times New Roman font. 1″ margins; please submit as a Microsoft Word document
- Please review the Proposal Format listed at the bottom of this webpage.
- Proposals should be submitted to [email protected] with “SMGP 2020: [Name of Student]” as the subject line and up to two proposals can be submitted per student.
Deadline: Interested students should submit a proposal by October 31, 2019 by 11:59pm CST: that outlines their intended use of grant funds, with details about locations to be visited, issues to be studied, how the funds will be used and any special needs.