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Friday, July 12, 2024

Student Media Grant

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)                                                                    

About SMGP:

The Program on Conflict and Development (ConDev) at Texas A&M University accepts applications on an annual basis for its Student Media Grant Program, offering Aggies and others an opportunity to highlight the human stories behind major global issues. These grants are funded by Texas A&M’s Howard G. Buffett Foundation Endowed Chair on Conflict and Development.

This year (2023-2024) ConDev cooperated with the Department of Hospitality, Hotel Management and Tourism, to focus on the role that hospitality and tourism plays in the mediation of conflict worldwide. Since 2013, program participants have used photos, interviews and other means to document world events depicting the intersection of conflict and development. This year we asked the question, “How has hospitality and tourism supported peace building”. 

Announcing our SMGP 2023-2024 Grantees!

The Program on Conflict and Development, in partnership with the Department of Hospitality, Hotel Management and Tourism at Texas A&M University is excited to announce the new grantees for the 2023-2024 Student Media Grant Program! This photojournalism grant is funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation Chair on Conflict and Development.

This year the theme for the program is the role of tourism and hospitality in supporting families and communities to avoid conflict, thrive during conflict, or recover from conflict. This theme is chosen to (a) commemorate the tenth anniversary of the installation of a selection of Howard G. Buffett photography at Texas A&M University, and (b) to celebrate the inauguration of the Department of Hospitality, Hotel Management and Tourism in Texas A&M’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The new grantees are:

Taahira Ayoob

University of Girona, SPAIN      

“Flavors of Resilience: A Culinary Chronicle of Conflict-Inspired Cuisine from the Northern Territories of Sri Lanka”

Project Site: Sri Lanka


Joseph Bouchard  

Carleton University, CANADA    

“Outliving Pablo: Social Tourism in Colombia’s Comunas”

Project Site: Colombia


Benmun Damul

Vanderbilt University, USA       

Frames of Tenacity: A Visual Chronicle of Plateau's Resilience

Project Site: Nigeria


Kelechukwu Iruoma

Arizona State University, USA

“From Decline to Development: How Conflict-ridden Rwandan National Park became a Top Destination for Wildlife Tourism”

Project Site: Rwanda                                       


Jessica Spence

Virginia Tech, USA                                           

“Sustainability Stories: Articulating Agricultural Conflict and Agritourism Conservation Efforts in Ghana”

Project Site: Ghana


Congratulations to the new grantees and thank you to all applicants! Applications are now closed. We expect to open a new application period around September 2024. 


All work produced by Fellows will be used by Texas A&M University and the Conflict and Development Foundation to advance advocacy and public awareness of critical issues facing international development. Information about the #SMGP grantees and their associated projects will be presented to the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. There will be unrestricted access and use of published materials by these entities to advance mutual goals. Fellows will sign a release granting these permissions.

Click here to review past programs -- > SMGP PAST PROJECTS  


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