Your application must include the items listed below – there is no form to fill out in advance. Once those are ready, click the submit button at right and follow instructions from there. You will be prompted to pay the $50 entry fee during the application process.
Submit written elements by copying and pasting your text into the appropriate boxes.
- Synopsis: In not more than twenty-five (25) words, write a synopsis of your project.
- Proposal: A written proposal of not more than 750 words to produce a body of work comprised of still or motion body of work that will promote world peace and cultural understanding. Nearly all previous grant recipients have proposed projects that were already in progress.
The most effective proposals start by telling a story that takes the reader to the setting and engages them emotionally. Then describe why the project is important. Then explain how you will accomplish the project. Conclude by explaining the outcomes of the project, how it will be used, ideally to bring about change. Evidence that you have created partnerships with other organizations is advantageous.
Do not put your name or other identifying information on your proposal. All applications will be judged anonymously.
Only one application per person each year will be accepted.
- Resume: A resume which shall include your name, email address, phone numbers and address along with the names, titles and phone numbers of three (3) references. Do not send any letters of recommendation.
Photographs - What and How To Submit
Submit a body of work consisting of up to twenty (20) photographs. Images should demonstrate your ability to accomplish your proposed project. If you submit photos that are not related to your proposal, they must have been taken within the past two (2) years. There is no time limit on pictures that relate directly to your story proposal.
Image Preparation: Digital photo files must be formatted as medium-quality JPEG images at 5000 pixels at the longest dimension at 72 dpi. Each image must have a caption in the file’s metadata/exif caption field. Do not include your name in captions or exif fields. You may provide URLs for no more than two (2) of your motion pieces - which should reflect your proposed project or a topic or approach that is similar to your proposed subject.
Ethical Standards: The Alexia Foundation follows ethical photojournalistic standards as set forth by organizations such as the National Press Photographers Association, World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International. Images may not be altered to change the structural integrity of photographed scenes. Toning of images - saturation, contrast, vignetting, dynamic range, etc. - must be within reasonable limits, as determined by the panel of judges.
For Staff Photographers:
If you are a staff photographer: Professional Grant applicants who are staff photographers must provide written permission from their employer granting them a leave of absence of approximately three (3) months over the course of a year to allow time to complete their project. It is not necessary for this time to be taken in a single block. While all other application elements will be submitted online, the letter of permission must be mailed to:
The Alexia Grant Competition
S.I. Newhouse School of Communications
215 University Place
Syracuse NY 13244-2100