Frequently Asked Questions about the W. Eugene Smith Student Photographer Grant

Can non-students apply?
No. This is a special award conceived to encourage a commitment to social issues by current students. Non students are eligible to apply for the Smith Fund Grant.

Can collectives apply?
Yes.

Can high school students apply?
No.

Can non- photography majors apply?
Yes. You do not need to be a photography major to apply.

Do you need to be enrolled in an art school?
No. Any student registered for a full time degree, diploma or certificate program is eligible, on both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Is there any age restriction for applicants?
No.

Can I submit my application by mail?
No, the Smith Fund does not accept applications by regular mail. The application is online only.

Must my project have already been started?
Yes, your work will be judged as a work-in-progress and the images submitted should be from this ongoing body of work.

When will I be notified of the outcome of the W. Eugene Smith Student Photographer Grant
We will send an email notification on August 1st to all applicants as to the outcome of the first stage of the jurying process.

Does the Smith Fund offer guidance or commentary on the proposals?
No. With only a volunteer staff the Smith fund cannot advise or offer feedback on submissions or proposals.

Can I submit multiple applications for different projects?
No. Individuals can submit only one proposal.

My Project Summary, Project Proposal, Bio and/or C/V are longer than the length stated in the guidelines. Can I still submit it/them?
We strongly encourage applicants to meet the stated requirements. Submissions exceeding the stated limits may not be reviewed.

What format should I save my digital images?
You should submit JPEG images saved with maximum quality compression with a long dimension of at least 2000 pixels at 72ppi with either Adobe1998, sRGB or untagged color space.

Can I enter if I live outside of the U.S.?
Yes. Except where prohibited by law, international applications can be submitted

Will my images be sold?
No. You retain copyright to your photograph and the Sponsors may not sell your photo entry for a fee. Grant recipient photos may be used in connection with the Smith Grant and promotion of the grant. 

Do you still have questions?
For additional questions email: smithfund@icp.edu.