Department of Rhetoric & Writing
Department of Rhetoric & Writing

Scholarships and Prizes for Undergraduate Projects

Appleman Research Fund

Do you need money for a class project or for your thesis research? Want to buy a few books, make copies, travel for your research, purchase translations or transcripts, or get a software license? How about paying for a conference, like SXSW, or an institute, like John Slatin Virtual AccessU? The Appleman Awards can put money in your pocket for all these things and more! 

We invite Rhetoric and Writing majors to apply for funds to support their class projects and honors thesis research. Awards are generally in the $200-$400 range and will be given out until the funds for the academic year are exhausted. So, submit your application today! Apply online, and the Rhetoric Major Committee will contact you soon after about whether the money is available and how you can collect.


Trimble Prize for Excellence in Writing

John R. Trimble, a Distinguished Teaching Professor of English Emeritus, also taught for many years in the Department of Rhetoric & Writing. Over his 36-year career at UT, he inspired generations of students to achieve excellence in writing. 

The Department of Rhetoric and Writing accepts applications annually for the Trimble Prize for Excellence in WritingAwards are given for exceptional undergraduate work in nonfiction, whether argumentative, research, expository, self-expressive, or cross-genre.

A prize of $1,000 is awarded to the Rhetoric and Writing major who submits the winning paper.


 Witt Family Scholarship

The Witt Family Scholarship is awarded every other year to a Rhetoric and Writing major who submits a two-page essay on a prompt given out with the application. Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Declared major in Rhetoric and Writing
  • Minimum 3.3 UT Austin cumulative GPA
  • 45 completed credit hours, including 24 hours in residence
  • 9 completed credit hours in Rhetoric and Writing, including 6 hours in residence.
  • Undergraduate standing
  • Recipients must be enrolled full-time at UT Austin for the following academic year

The next Witt Family Scholarship application cycle will occur in the 2020-2021 academic year.


 Undergraduate Research Funding

The School of Undergraduate Studies offers three different funding sources for undergraduate students pursuing research interests. Applications are accepted through the School of Undergraduate Studies.


School of Undergraduate Studies Writing Flag Award

The School of Undergraduate Studies runs a competition each year to award the best written paper for a writing flag course. From the Undergraduate Studies award page, papers must fall into one of three categories:

  • Research: Writing that uses primary and/or secondary sources to pursue an original line of inquiry—4,000-word limit. Judges in this category will look particularly for depth of scholarship, insight, and originality.
  • Persuasive/critical: Writing that aims to change readers’ opinions. May or may not use outside sources —3,000-word limit. Judges in this category will look particularly for artful treatment of the subject, logic, voice, and style.
  • Creative/Reflective: Poems, plays, fiction, and creative non-fiction—3,000-word limit. Judges in this category will look particularly for inventiveness, insight, and narrative expression.

College of Liberal Arts Scholarships and Awards

The College of Liberal Arts offers competitive scholarships and awards based on merit and research. Rhetoric and Writing majors are encouraged to apply.