Beatrice Dain and Jacob Bloch both applied for and were awarded IDEA grants in spring 2020. Below they describe how they crafted their successful applications.
Applying to IDEA Grant can be daunting – you need to write a project proposal and personal statement, compile a budget, and request 2 letters of recommendation. But before you get caught up in the components of the application, it is important to take a step back and think about what you are interested in studying.
I applied for the IDEA grant in conjunction with my Honors in the Major thesis, which helped to solidify my thoughts for an application. The grant application guidelines are very clearly laid out; they explain what is needed for each component of the application and how candidates are selected. Be sure to carefully read through all of these criteria and review their example applications to see how other students have structured their applications in the past.
The process started for me with developing a well thought out research plan. I suggest you try to answer these questions in an outline before you start writing your application. They helped guide me in the flow and layout when writing my proposal.