Health Communication Scholars Program: Health Communication Scholars Program

Health Communication Scholars Program

What is the Health Communication Scholars Program?

Launched in 2013, the Health Communication Scholars Program (HCSP) seeks to support graduate student research in health communication. HCSP was created by Dr. Mike Mackert within the Moody College of Communication and initially funded by the Provost’s Teaching Fellows program. HCSP specifically aims to provide grant-writing experiences to graduate students interested in exploring topics related to health communication. 

The program hosts a grant-writing workshop every fall in which faculty from across campus who have secured external funding provide their insights on writing effective grant submissions, details on the review process, and how to navigate early-career grant seeking. Each year, the program also offers an opportunity for graduate students to submit proposals to receive funding (up to $2,000) for their research. Interdisciplinary teams of graduate students are invited to submit proposals that parallel NIH or NSF submissions. All teams, regardless of funding, receive feedback on their proposals from a faculty review panel.

HCSP welcomes proposals from graduate students from all departments or schools at UT Austin as well as proposals focusing on any dimension of health communication (e.g., biological/physiological studies, interpersonal factors, patient-provider interactions, organizational contexts, health campaigns, etc.).

2020-2021 HCSP Details

HCSP Awards

The HCSP will be awarding selected proposals up to $2,500 for the 2020-2021 academic year. Dates and application materials have been updated throughout the website for this funding cycle.


  • October 16, 2020: HCSP Virtual Grant Writing Workshop
  • December 18, 2020: Letter of interest submission deadline
  • February 5, 2021: Deadline for final proposal submissions
  • February 2021: Awards announced
  • March 2021: Funded proposals begin their 1-year project

Download the HCSP application.

2020-2021 Virtual Grant Writing Workshop

The HCSP virtual grant writing workshop was Friday, October 16, 2020.
Below is the agenda for the workshop and presentations.


Welcome, Introductions, and Program Overview

René Dailey, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Studies
HCSP Coordinator


Insights on Health Communication Research and Funding from the Founding HCSP Coordinator

Mike Mackert, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Health Communication
Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations


Grant Writing Tips Session #1

Anthony Dudo, Ph.D.
Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations


Networking Session



Grant Writing Tips Session #2:
Building Partnerships through Co-Writing

Elisa Borah, MSW, Ph.D.
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
Dell Medical School


Tips on HSCP proposal and Additional Networking Time

René Dailey, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Studies
HCSP Coordinator


Grant Writing Tips Session #3:
Engaging Community Partnerships in Grant Writing

Carmen Valdez, Ph.D.
Steve Hicks School of Social Work

2019-2020 Funded Proposals

The HCSP funded two proposals for the 2019-2020 academic year. Congratulations to these students on funding their exciting projects!

Investigating the Impact of Chest Binding on the Health and Thriving of Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth

PI: Meg Bishop (Human Development and Family Sciences)
Co-PI: Nicole Bennett (Advertising)
Faculty mentor: Stephen Russell (Human Development and Family Sciences)

Family Stigma and Support-Seeking Impacts on Dementia Caregiver Health Outcomes: Examining the influence of family stigma on caregiver support-seeking and subsequent relationships between received support and burden and well-being

PI: Karen Schlag (Communication Studies)
Co-PI: Billy Table (Population Health)
Co-PI: Lorie Kmetz (Nursing)
Faculty mentor: Erin Donovan (Communication Studies)