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:
- 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.
- 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.
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 (Spring, Summer and Fall ’18). 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 2.5hr training sessions in Spring term (held on Friday mornings)
- All grant recipients must enroll in a formal 2-credit graded course in the subsequent fall quarter that will help them transform their research into an accomplished documentary.
- While a faculty letter of support is welcomed, it is not required.
- The majority of students will deliver their research findings in the form of an audio documentary / podcast of professional quality: a completed and submitted broadcast-ready mix.
- 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
Application period: Feb. 1 – Mar. 1 (11:59pm)
Before applying it is required that you workshop your pitch idea to one of our SSP staff at StoryLab. Appointments can be made here.
To apply, students must submit a research proposal of no more than 1,500 words in length. You will receive specific guidelines during your StoryLab appointment.
We are not exclusive in funding–you may receive a Braden grant in addition to others.
You may submit up to two project proposals. Group or partner proposals are not encouraged but if awarded rarely receive extra funding.
Please note: students will receive recording equipment as well as training in interviewing and audio recording; do not include the cost of audio equipment in your budget.
You can submit a budget of $0 if you don’t need funding but are interested in receiving mentorship and joining the cohort.
2019 Application portal will open here in March.
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