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Monday, March 27, 2023

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.



The 2022-2023 Application Period is Closed.

We are reviewing proposals and will announce winners around January 15th-20th, 2023. 

The Program on Conflict and Development is reviewing applications for SMGP projects that will take place in 2023. We hope to announce our new grantees mid January 2023. Good luck to all of the students that submitted their proposals!

No new proposals will be accepted. 

A new application period will open around on Sept 15th, 2023! 

                                              This grant is funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation Chair on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University.


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About SMGP:

ConDev's Student Media Grant Program awards funds to current students or recent graduates from accredited universities worldwide 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 Program on Conflict and Development 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 next SMGP Application Period will open around Sept, 2023

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