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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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

 

One of the most exciting opportunities that the Center on Conflict and Development offers for students is our Student Media Grant Program. 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.

ConDev’s Student Media Grant Program awards funds to current students or recent graduates 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 

SMGP New Guidelines:

  • 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.

     

    Given the current health pandemic situation, it might not be safe for students to travel abroad or even within their countries. Given the circumstances, for 2020-2021, ConDev will be awarding one SMGP Grant for a US-based program that fits with our research priorities. 

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. 


The application period is closed at this time.

We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will post updates on our social media networks informing students when the next application period will be.


2020 Student Media Grant Projects 

*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 2020 SMGP grantees may complete projects by August 2021


  • Ruth Matamoros - The University of Texas-Austin. "The is no Land for Settlers: Indigenous Peoples Land Right Struggles in the Northern Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua" (Nicaragua)
  • Dylan Manshack - Texas A&M University. "Extinguishing the Flames of Inequality: Preventing Conflict through Developed Perspectives" (Chile) 
  • Rodrigo Salido-Moulinie - The University of Texas-Austin. "Tired of Begging: Devotion to Santa Muerte in Mexico City" (Mexico)
  • Fredy Vergara - University of Cartagena. "Caribbean: Peace and Resilience" (Colombia)


Students will be completing their photojournalism projects when it is safe to travel to their target country and when Texas A&M University and their own universities have lifted travel bans. We will post updates on their work on our social media networks!  


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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