Reminder: IAMCR, FAO- Rural Communication Services Research Award

Reminder: IAMCR, FAO- Rural Communication Services Research Award

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IAMCR and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) offer four awards of 2,500 USD to authors of papers that advance our understanding of Rural Communication Services (RCS) applications.

Within the context of the IAMCR 2023 conference, with the theme of “Inhabiting the planet: Challenges for media, communication and beyond”, IAMCR’s Rural Communication Working Group (RUC) has issued a call for papers that critically explore the conference themes in relation to rural communication and rural environments. (See the RUC CfP for 2023).

As part of the overall CfP, and in cooperation with FAO, four awards of 2,500 USD are being offered to authors of papers that advance our understanding of applications of Rural Communication Services, particularly in the areas of agriculture, family farming, natural resource management, climate change adaptation, food security, and disaster risk reduction and management. Special attention will be given to papers that consider elements such as participatory design of communication services in rural areas; appropriation of media by family farmers; institutionalization of communication services for rural communities; and evidence-based approaches for inclusive rural communication services.

To be eligible for the award, you must be:

  • A Ph.D. student or early-career researcher/scholar;
  • Reside in a low or middle-income country in Asia, Africa, or the Latin America/Caribbean region (see the list of eligible countries) and;
  • Be a current (2023) member of IAMCR (if you haven’t renewed for 2023 yet, you can do so here)

Interested authors must submit abstracts of their papers by the 9 February 2023 deadline, indicating that they wish to be considered for the FAO/IAMCR Award in step 5 of the submission process, “Topics”. Authors of selected abstracts will be informed by 17 March and required to submit final papers by 30 April. The FAO/IAMCR Award selection committee will evaluate the eligible papers and announce the winners no later than 5 June.

For more information, see

Don’t forget the call for papers of the Rural Communication Working Group. The deadline to submit your abstract is 9 February.