Graduate Funding Resources

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Graduate Funding Resources

Teaching Assistant & Assistant Instructor Appointments

There are guaranteed opportunities for advanced MFA and PhD students to work as Teaching Assistants, with occasional TA opportunities available (but not guaranteed) for MAs. There are also some limited opportunities for PhD students to work as Assistant Instructors. Refer questions to the Graduate Coordinator. There may also be Graduate Research Assistant opportunities to work on special projects.

Scholarships & Fellowships

The Department of Radio-Television-Film awards several fellowships each year to deserving graduate students. Departmental fellowships and University-wide scholarships often require separate applications, so read the application instructions for any scholarship for which you are applying.

The University of Texas Fellowships

RTF & Moody College of Communication Fellowships and Scholarships

The Department of Radio-Television-Film awards several scholarships made possible by endowments created by alumni and friends of the department. Read more about RTF and Moody College of Communications scholarships

PhD, concentrating in Media Studies
There is a $3,000 Moody Doctoral Fellowship for incoming PhD students for four years from the Moody College of Communications. There is no separate application for this fellowship.

MFA in Film and Media Production
There is a Moody Innovation Award granted to MFAs for both their Pre-Thesis and Thesis films. 

MFA in Screenwriting 
The MFA in Screenwriting students are typically offered a Michener Center for Writers Fellowship in the two years of the program.  There is no separate application for this fellowship.

Financial Aid, Loans, and Grants

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

International Students should see Texas Global, the International Student Services office for rules about funding and VISA requirements.

Texas Grants Resource Center.

Funding Database sponsored by the UT Libraries is a great way to search for funding for your specific topic of research; it includes funding from all over the world.

Employment Opportunities at UT and Beyond

The Sanger Center for Teaching and Learning is always looking and offers help to Teaching Assistants and Assistant Instructors.

The Undergraduate Writing Center is always hiring writing tutors.

Moody College Writing Center also hires writing tutors.

Bevo Video hires student filmmakers.

Check in with the Moody Career Center and sign up for Handshake to see posting for jobs across campus and beyond.

Travel Funding

The Radio-Television-Film Department offers funds for Professional Development that are meant to help fund travel to conferences or film festivals.  Each graduate student may apply for funds through the RTF Graduate Office and may receive one award each academic year, if possible.  

Other Helpful Info

Tax, Tuition Assistance and Education Tax Credit Information