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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The Student Media Grant Program provides awardees with $5,000 to display their photojournalism skills to bring awareness to conflict areas.

STUDENT MEDIA GRANT PROGRAM

 A grant for student photojournalists to cover difficult topics in conflict-affected countries

through compelling photo stories


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 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. 

  • Next Application period: Sept 1 – Oct 31, 2020 (Expected, but might change due to the current Covid-19 pandemic) 

Estimated Timeline:

  • September 2020:  APPLICATION OPENS! You can start e-mailing your finished proposals to condevcenter@condevcenter.org
  • October 31, 2020 by 11:59pm CST:  Application deadline
  • November-December 2020:  Review Period – please be patient as we review your incredible proposals!
  • January 2021:  Notification Period (approximate)
  • February 2021 (Depending on proposal timeline):  Funding Disbursement (approximate)
  • February-December 2021: Grant winners travel and implement their photojournalism projects

University students (undergraduate and graduate) from around the world are encouraged to apply, but projects must be conducted in Latin America.

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. 


Click here to Apply

Announcing our 2020 Student Media Grant Projects 

Congratulations to our 2020 SMGP Grantees! 

*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 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

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