Application Resources

To help you with your application, we’ve prepared a number of resources below. 

Five-Step Application Guide


Step 1 : Design an authentic resume

Let’s be honest it's hard to find good, consistent advice these days on how to develop an effective resume. So we asked our Executive Director to give us (and you) her best advice based on her personal experience. Before you start putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) or worse re-using an old resume, we recommend:


Step 2 : Get statement of purpose Inspiration!

We've read thousands (actually 10,354) of cover letters over the past seven years. So we're looking for something fresh! We love when people wow us with something professional, authentic yet unexpected. This week, we recommend reading:


Step 3 : Tackle The scholarship Essay Questions

Oftentimes, when applicants are moving through the application they dread the essay portion. However this is the one portion that we LOVE best at IDEX as atolls us so much about who you are! This is a great opportunity for you to make your application stand out by: 

  • Showing us you understand who we are and what we're about? It's safe to say that you've looked on our website at the very least, but how much do you know about our history? Our team? Our core philosophy? This acknowledgment and understanding can be a real game changer if crafted strategically into your essay responses.

  • Telling us why you really want to spend six-months in IDEX over anything else in the world? Let's be honest, everyone likes a good ego-stroke! But we're looking for authenticity in every inch of your application. Don't opt for clever words to freshen up a generic statement. Instead use real, authentic words that show your personality. Tell us your story, how you found us and what compelled you to spend six-months of your life with us.

  • Highlighting your portfolio or tangible work that compliments your application while answering the essay questions. Did you recently publish an article, white paper or perhaps short video on a topic of interest to you or work on a social campaign that further shows us why you want to work in social enterprise? Awesome! We encourage you to include links to meaningful and relevant work you've produced within your essay response. It's never a bad idea to re-enforce your skills or highlight an accomplishment. Just be sure that it's relevant to the question at hand and strategically inserted.


Step 4 : Develop a Fundraising Gameplan

We're always saddened when an applicants had high hopes for joining IDEX are admitted only to decline the opportunity because they were not prepared financially. It's important to keep in mind that financial need is not one of the considerations IDEX staff and alumni look for in regards to scholarship funding- it's based on pure passion! We recommend:

  • Start to scenario plan very early on your fundraising strategy if you are awarded less than the amount you expected.

  • Reach out to your personal and professional networks for support with fundraising for your fellowship program.

  • Take the initiative to scope out and look up IDEX Alumni (LinkedIn is a great bet to find them!) to see how they’ve successfully used crowd-funding to make their fellowship possible.


Step 5 : Final Touches

Before submitting your application, make sure each attachment (cover letter, resume, essays) are complimentary of each other but not redundant. Think of it as us peeling an onion. Each document should reveal a different layer about you. We love stories so be sure to consider the reviewer experience when editing.