Scholarships & Funding Resources

The Department of Radio-Television-Film awards several scholarships made possible by endowments created by alumni and friends of the department. Departmental, College, and University-wide scholarships often require separate scholarship applications, so read carefully the application instructions for any scholarship for which you are applying.

Moody College of Communication - RTF Scholarships

The Moody College administers several scholarships that RTF students may apply for. To see the list of RTF-related scholarships, go to this page and click on the RTF tab.

RTF Department Scholarships for Production & Screenwriting

  • Dina Sherzer Award for Documentary Filmmaking (post-production) - Extended deadline: April 24, 2020

    Apply here.

    Provides post-production funding for a documentary work-in-progress.
    Two grants of up to $500 will be awarded.  

    Considerations:

    • Both Undergraduate and Graduate applications will be considered. 
    • Students must be enrolled for the duration of their project, to include the upcoming Fall 2020 semester. 
    • Applicants will be selected based on:
      • quality of previous work
      • recommendation from faculty (must provide letter)
      • clarity of idea
      • feasibility of proposed project
      • academic standing
    • Projects that have been developed past the initial idea stage will carry greater weight than others, though all projects will be considered.
    • Upon completion of the project, grantees must submit the finished work to a faculty committee.  
     
  • Nick Cominos Award for Documentary Filmmaking - Extended deadline: April 24, 2020

    Apply here.

    Provides funding to undertake documentary projects that have a humanitarian subject as their focus.
    Two grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded.

    Stipends can be used for:

    • travel
    • living requirements
    • equipment or
    • other incurred expenses related to the project 

     

    Considerations:

    • Both Undergraduate and Graduate applications will be considered. 
    • Students must be enrolled for the duration of their project, to include the upcoming Fall 2020 semester. 
    • Applicants will be selected based on:
      • quality of previous work
      • recommendation from faculty (must provide letter)
      • clarity of idea
      • relevance to the mission of the scholarship
      • feasibility of proposed project
      • academic standing
    • Projects that have been developed past the initial idea stage will carry greater weight than others, though all projects will be considered.
  • CRC Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship (film projects) – Extended deadline: April 24, 2020

    Apply here.

    Provides funding to undertake film projects related to enrollment in RTF.
    Two grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded.

    Stipends can be used for:

    • travel
    • living requirements
    • equipment or
    • other incurred expenses related to the project 

     

    Considerations:

    • Both Undergraduate and Graduate applications will be considered. 
    • Students must be enrolled for the duration of their project, to include the upcoming Fall 2020 semester. 
    • Applicants will be selected based on:
      • quality of previous work
      • recommendation from faculty (must provide letter)
      • clarity of idea
      • feasibility of proposed project
      • academic standing
      • financial need
      • creative vision
    • Projects that have been developed past the initial idea stage will carry greater weight than others, though all projects will be considered.
    • Priority will be given to projects that fulfill requirements for a degree.
    • Upon completion of the project, grantees must submit the finished work to a faculty committee.  
       
  • Robert Foshko Memorial Screenwriting Scholarship – Due May 18 2020

    Apply here.

    One grant of up to $1,500 will be awarded.

    RTF celebrates excellence in screenwriting by annually awarding the Robert Foshko Memorial Scholarship. One student will receive a stipend for travel to Los Angeles where that student will be set up on general meetings with industry professionals.  Open to both graduate and undergraduate students.  Both original television pilots and feature films are eligible. 

    Formerly the “Longhorn Showcase Script Competition," the award was renamed in 2017 in honor of longtime RTF screenwriting professor, Robert Foshko. For nearly three decades, two-time Emmy winner Robert Foshko taught screenwriting and television production at UT’s Department of Radio-TV and Film.

    During that time, he established RTF’s screenwriting curriculum, launched its graduate writing program, was a founding member of the Michener Center for Writers, and fundamentally advanced the television production curriculum to meet the rigorous and competitive standards of the business and creative practice of television. In so doing, he influenced and guided the education and careers of countless screenwriting and television students along the way.

    Bob and his wife Sally established this scholarship to help support the kinds of screenwriting students he taught and mentored so well during his many years of service at the University of Texas at Austin.

    Considerations:

    • Both Undergraduate and Graduate applications will be considered. 
    • Scripts must have been written for an RTF screenwriting course during the 2019 Spring semester or later.
    • Only feature-length screenplays and TV pilot scripts qualify. No TV specs will be considered.
    • Scripts must not have been previously submitted for past Longhorn Showcase Script Competition or Robert Foshko Memorial Screenwriting Scholarship consideration.
    • Winners of previous Longhorn Showcase Script Competitions and Robert Foshko Memorial Screenwriting Scholarship are ineligible.
    • Course instructor approval is required.
    • One writer may submit multiple scripts; however, each submission requires a separate application.

     

    *Note: In addition to the Bob Foshko Memorial Scholarship in Screenwriting, RTF juniors and seniors who've written a script for an RTF screenwriting course may apply for the Todd Milam Schulze Memorial Scholarship in Screenwriting, administered by the Texas Exes. Please note that the deadline to apply for this scholarship is typically earlier than the RTF department scholarship deadlines.

  • The Christopher R. Palmer Memorial Excellence Fund for Editing - Extended deadline April 24, 2020

    Apply here.

    Provides financial support for prospective professional editors in their efforts toward advanced editing training.  Read more about Christopher Palmer.

    One stipend of up to $1,250 will be awarded.

    Stipends can NOT be used for UT tuition or fees. Instead, financial support can be used for:

    • software training
    • needed travel support for an approved editing or post-production internship
    • other editing-related expenses.

     

    Considerations:

    • Only undergraduate applications will be considered. 
    • Grantees must be enrolled for the duration of their proposed project and provide receipts for all covered expenses.
    • Completion or current enrollment in RTF 346, Introduction to Editing, is suggested, but not required.
    • Applicants will be selected based on:
      • quality of sample work provided
      • letter of recommendation from a professor, TA, or professional editor (Note: The letter should indicate the recommender’s relationship with the applicant, and address the quality of applicant's past work and the merits of the proposed spending plan.)
      • clarity and feasibility of the spending plan, and the grant's likely impact on the applicant’s career.
      • academic standing

 

    Texas Exes

    https://texasexes.academicworks.com/

    There are a number of Texas Exes scholarships available to RTF students, including:

    Non-RTF Scholarships

    For information about University-wide and private/non-UT scholarships, consult TexasScholarships.org, a portal managed by the University's Office of Student Financial Services that houses a vast array of scholarship resources offered by and through UT Austin.

    Loans & Grants

    For information about financial loans, state and federal grants, and the procedures required to obtain them, consult the Office of Student Financial Services.