RTDNF Scholarships and Fellowships For Journalists

Publish Date: Feb 19, 2016

Deadline: May 31, 2016

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) offers four fellowships and seven scholarships for undergraduate and graduate journalism students.

The awards range from US$1,000 to US$10,000 and seek to reward students and young professionals who plan to pursue careers in digital and broadcast journalism.

Since 1972, RTDNF has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and fellowships to more than 500 young journalists as part of its mission as the educational arm of RTDNA.   Recipients have gone on enjoy careers from reporter, anchor, and news director to White House speechwriter, media regulatory attorney, and journalism educator. Several have served as RTDNA board members and many are Murrow Award winners. Fellowships are open to professional broadcast or digital journalists with fewer than 10 years of experience. Scholarships are open to college students pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism. Winners must be officially enrolled, full-time sophomores. juniors or seniors in good standing. Scholarship and fellowship winners are also invited to attend the Excellence in Journalism conference. The application period will open in February of 2016 and scholarships will be awarded in December for the 2016-2017 academic year. 

How To Apply

  1. Complete the online application form, including:
    • Contact information
    • Experience
    • URL links to 3-5 work samples
      • Work samples should be broadcast (television/radio) or online news pieces
      • Work samples should be uploaded to a host site like YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc.
  2. Upload the supplemental materials:
    • Cover letter
      • Discuss your current and past journalism experience
      • Describe how you intend to use the funds
      • Discuss your choice to pursue a career in journalism
      • Addressed to RTDNF Scholarship Committee
    • Resume
    • Letter of recommendation
      • From a professor, advisor, or supervisor
      • Addressed to RTDNF Scholarship Committee

For applicants 

  • Your resume and cover letter should both be about one page, depending on your amount of experience. The key is readability: don’t cram everything onto one page or pad it with too much white space to get to two.
  • Proofread everything! If you can, get a friend or teacher to proofread your application materials just to make sure you haven’t missed any typos. 
  • Carefully read and follow all directions and applicant criteria on the scholarship’s information page and the online application page.
  • Take your time!  You can start your application, save it, and come back to it later as long as you submit it by the deadline.

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