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Urban Communication Foundation Student Research Grant

The Media Ecology Association invites proposals from graduate students for a research grant in the amount of $2500 sponsored by the Urban Communication Foundation. Proposals should be grounded in a theoretical or philosophical approach associated with the field of media ecology and should address topics of media ecological concern regarding the study of cities and urban environments as they relate to human communication, social interaction, technological mediation, and cultural change and continuity. Proposals concerned with identity and affiliation in relation to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and other differences that make a difference are encouraged.

Proposals will be evaluated via anonymous review, and in addition to the stipend, the author(s) will receive complimentary membership in the Media Ecology Association (which includes a subscription to Explorations in Media Ecology) for the year of the award and registration at our annual convention. In addition, a program session at the annual convention will be devoted to the research study, and when completed, the study will be published in Explorations in Media Ecology. The competition will be open to graduate students registered for degree programs who are active Media Ecology Association members for 2023.

Additional Information

The application should be accompanied by 1) an abstract no longer than 100 words followed by 2) a one-page description of the proposed study. In addition, the application should be accompanied by 3) a faculty letter of support.

Applications for this year are open until February 1, 2024. Please send all application materials Lance Strate at strate@fordham.edu.

Previous Grant Recipients

  • 2021 - Austin Hestdalen, Duquesne University for the project “Urban Risk & Crisis Communication in the Post-Human City: A Media Ecology Approach”
  • 2022 - Bernadette “bird” Bowen for the project “Car As Extension of Whiteness: Not Everyone’s Skin Is Extended Equally”

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