Scholarships & Funding Resources


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

The Department of Radio-Television-Film awards several scholarships made possible by endowments created by alumni and friends of the department.

Apply here.

Provides funding for undergraduates to undertake documentary projects that have a humanitarian subject as their focus.
Scholarships of up to $4000 each may be awarded.

Stipends can be used for:

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

Considerations:

  • Students must be enrolled for the duration of their project, including for the upcoming Fall 2022 semester. 
  • Applicants will be selected based on:
    • quality of previous work
    • recommendation from faculty (selection committee will reach out to instructor named in the application for input on the quality of applicant’s past work.)
    • 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.
  • 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. 

Apply here.

Provides funding to support undergraduate and graduate film projects related to their degree requirements in RTF.  Scholarships of up to $2,000 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 2022 semester. 
  • Applicants will be selected based on:
    • quality of previous work
    • recommendation from faculty (selection committee will reach out to instructor named in the application for input on the quality of applicant’s past work.)
    • 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.  

Apply here

Provides funding to an undergraduate Texas resident and seeking a degree in RTF.
One $2,000 scholarship will be awarded.

  • Stipends can be used for:
    • travel
    • living requirements
    • equipment or other incurred expenses related to the project 
  • Considerations:
    • Students must be enrolled for the duration of their project, to include the upcoming Fall 2022 semester. 
    • Applicants will be selected based on:
      • quality of previous work
      • recommendation from faculty
      • clarity of idea
      • feasibility of proposed project
      • academic standing
      • 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.

Apply here.

Provides funding to an undergraduate Texas resident and seeking a degree in RTF, with a focus on documentary filmmaking.
One $2,000 scholarship will be awarded.

  • Stipends can be used for:
    • travel
    • living requirements
    • equipment or
    • other incurred expenses related to the project 
  • Considerations:
    • Students must be enrolled for the duration of their project, to include the upcoming Fall 2022 semester. 
    • Applicants will be selected based on:
      • quality of previous work
      • recommendation from faculty
      • clarity of idea
      • feasibility of proposed project
      • academic standing
      • 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.

Apply here.

Funds shall be used to support undergraduate student projects, research and activities related to their pursuit of a degree in RTF. 
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One $2500 Scholarship will be awarded.

  • Stipends cannot be used for tuition or fees.
  • Instead, financial support can be used for:
    • professional training
    • purchase of software or equipment
    • travel support to an approved editing or post-production internship
    • competition application fees and festival submission fees

    Considerations:

    • Only undergraduate applications will be considered.
    • Students must be enrolled in the upcoming Fall 2022 semester.
    • Preference will be given to Junior and Senior students with an interest in a career in editing
    • 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
      • faculty recommendation
      • clarity and feasibility of the spending plan, and the grant's likely impact on the applicant’s career.
      • academic standing

Apply here.

Provides funds for professional development to students who are concentrating in narrative screenwriting and demonstrate the potential for professional excellence.
Scholarships for up to $2,000 will be awarded.

RTF celebrates excellence in screenwriting by annually awarding the Robert Foshko Memorial Scholarship. Two students will receive a stipend for professional development.  Open to both graduate and undergraduate students.  Both original television pilots and feature films are eligible. 

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 2021 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.


Texas Exes

https://texasexes.academicworks.com/

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


UTLA Scholarships

The Semester in Los Angeles (UTLA) Program awards multiple scholarships each semester to RTF majors participating in the UTLA program. Students apply to these scholarships via the same application they use to apply for admission to the UTLA program.

Semester application deadlines are:

  • Fall – March 1
  • Spring – May 1
  • Summer – November 1

Wofford Denius UT in LA Scholarship

For Moody College students (including RTF majors) participating in the UTLA Program. 50% of the awards are based on academic merit and 50% are based on financial need. Multiple awards given each semester.

AWARD: $4,400

Blake Neely Endowed UTLA Scholarship

For Radio-Television-Film majors with financial need participating in the UTLA Program who have an interest in the music industry.

AWARD: $4,000 - $10,000

Marianne Price UTLA Scholarship

ELIGILIBILTY: For Moody College students (including RTF majors) with financial need participating in the UTLA Program. 

AWARD: $1,000

Dees Family UTLA Scholarship

For UT-Austin students (including RTF majors) with financial need participating in the UTLA Program. 

AWARD: $1,000 - $4,000


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.