Apply for the Braden Grant

Grantees must be enrolled undergraduate students at all times during the undertaking of their project, to its conclusion during the fall term after summer research. Typically this means that the applicant is in their junior year or earlier, but seniors may apply if they will co-term or if they will be enrolled through the following fall term.

How to Apply
This is a research award. It requires a research proposal with a well-defined question that you are seeking to answer and a plan for pursuing that question, a plan for pursuing that question, and an idea of the story you want to tell. We also want to hear from you in your proposal about why you think someone would want to listen to a podcast about your subject matter.

Requirements for the Application Process:

Application must be submitted by the due date of FEB.25, 2022 (2/25/22), no exceptions. The link to submit your 2022 application is here.

Requirements and Time Commitments for Grantees:


  • Attend and fully participate in three (3) 2-hour training sessions in Spring term.
  • Schedule three (3) 1-hour meetings with your assigned mentor in spring quarter to review the content of training sessions; refine your research question; create research and interview schedule for the summer; develop interview questions; become familiar with equipment and software


  • 1-hour weekly in person meeting, phone or video call with mentor to update on progress, troubleshoot issues, and discuss story-crafting. This is not to say that you should not meet more than this but this is the minimum requirement.
  • ALL interviews must be conducted and uploaded to box by NO LATER than August 15th, 2022.
  • First draft of FULL script (beginning, middle, ending) due September 19th, 2022.


  • 1-hour weekly in-person, phone or video call with mentor to update on progress, troubleshoot issues, and help with final story-crafting. This is not to say that you should not meet more than this but this is the minimum requirement.
  • All grant recipients must enroll in a formal 1-unit graded production workshop course in the fall quarter that will help you with the production side of your story (ie, scoring, layering interviews, synching narration). You must submit all required materials; a wave file, Hindenburg project folder, accompanying audio files folder; a caption card to receive a passing grade. ****Please note the 1-unit is not a reflection of the amount of work you may do to complete your project outside of class in conjunction with your mentor.****

Application Instructions – Please compile your answers and submit your application in a PDF document following the format below:ng when you have created. You should write a paragraph of two for each section and the application should be no longer than 4 pages double spaced. **You do not need to propose a project related to your major** 

Your application must address the following questions, in a manner clear to both specialists and non–specialists:

Title of your project.

  1. Objective:What is the precise goal of your project? What focused research question(s)will you be attempting to answer? Who or what is the story about? Who is telling the story?

2. Research:Be able to do research related to your proposal topic—pulling articles,talking to experts before you go out in the field, books, media, etc. List 2-3 academic references in your proposal you found that can inform you on your topic. They don’t need to be cited in a final project. Also list 1-3 audio stories that have been produced related to your topic.

3. Methodology: Do your best to imagine the following—this is a way of helping you, and us,understand your intended story. There should be a paragraph or 2 in your application answering the below questions. Do not just copy and paste these questions.

How does your research and your planed interviews frame and elucidate the context of your story?

Why do YOU care about the story, why are YOU telling it?

What is at stake?

Why would a listener care? Who is the Audience?

Why would this be a good AUDIO story? What will we HEAR? What sounds are there other than people


If you imagine your story being divided into 3 scenes (beginning / middle / end), what would they be?

Who might the main characters be?

4. Resources:How (if it all) will you draw on the expertise and help of others? Have youinitiated contact with people (at field sites or other institutions) who will be critical to your project’s success? Are you seeking, or have you received, any other sources of funding?

5. Preparation:What specific steps have you taken to prepare for this project? Forinstance, what courses have you taken that relate to your topic? How do you plan to prepare (in the classroom or otherwise) for the cultural, ethical, and other challenges associated with research travel?

6. Budget:How much money do you need, and what will it be used for? if you have travel items, break them down by type (airplane, hostel, gas, food, etc.) and provide rationale for your estimates.

**Recording equipment will be provided by the Stanford Storytelling Project**

The link to submit your 2022 application is here.

2020 Braden Grant Application

(Your name and year)
(Stanford email)
(Project Title)
Methodology and Context:

State that you “agree and can meet the requirements of the grant and have met with an SSP staff member (state their name) in a StoryLab appointment.”

Listen to projects completed by previous Braden Grantees here.
For any questions about the award not answered here, contact: