Braden Storytelling Grant

Undergraduate Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to research and create an audio podcast documentary based on oral history archives or interviews conducted by the student. Awards will be made in the spring quarter for research to be conducted over the summer.

All pieces will be featured on the Storytelling Project’s popular, award-winning radio show and podcast. Some stories reach national broadcast outlets.

Kinds of Research

This grant program supports two kinds of research:

  1. A documentary about a specific community or historical event. This research would focus on a specific community that has formed around a discrete historical circumstance, interest, or identity (e.g., political movement, community space, hobbies, identity) or specific event (e.g. a protest or scientific discovery). Students are encouraged to choose communities or events that have not already been well documented and be able to identify oral history archives or people whom they will interview for the documentary. Students may belong to community or have experienced the event that they will document.
  2. A documentary about an oral tradition. This research would focus on a specific tradition, culture, or medium of storytelling, from ancient traditions and indigenous cultures to contemporary radio and performance. Students might study the oral tradition of a particular geographic region, language, or ethnic group. Students might also study a specific oral tradition or genre, such as German folklore or Zen Buddhist teaching tales. Or students might study modern forms of oral narrative from live monologues to radio documentaries, like those produced live by The Moth or broadcast by programs such as This American Life or Radio Diaries.

Listen to previous grant winning projects here


The following conditions must be met for any proposed project to be considered:

  • 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.
  • Attend three 2 hr training sessions in Spring term
  • All grant recipients must enroll in a formal 1-credit graded course in the subsequent fall quarter that will help them complete their production process to create a high quality audio documentary that is broadcast-ready.
  • While a faculty letter of support is welcomed, it is not required.
  • As part of the award, students will be lent recording equipment and training before research begins and also mentorship through the whole production and research period from Storytelling Project faculty and staff.

How to apply