As Our Deadlines Quickly Approach, Some Application Help

The deadline for The Alexia $20,000 professional grant is nearly here. You have only until Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time to apply. The student grant deadline of Feb. 14 comes quickly thereafter. To help you better prepare your materials, Alexia Tsairis Chair for Documentary Photography at Syracuse University, Mike Davis, sat down and answered questions about the grants on Facebook live. You can see the full video above.

We received numerous insightful questions from our followers from around the world, which Davis spent an hour answering. There were questions ranging from how many images should one submit (as many as make a strong portfolio) as well as to how to write an effective proposal. He talked about how having a plan for working with NGO’s can aid your application and that you are not asked to include a budget for your project.

Davis spent time beautifully explaining what kinds of images to include and how to sequence images for maximum impact. He also described the judging process at length to help applicants understand how their materials will be seen. He noted that the foundation weighs one’s proposal equally to the images in the application. Davis used past winning applications to illustrate effective packages. As Davis pointed out, you can see all of our prior the winning proposals on our website at

If you are planning on applying for The Alexia 2017 student or professional grants, take an hour to watch this informative video. Your applications for The Alexia and all other grants will be stronger for it. Good luck with your important work and please share this helpful video.

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