Guidelines & Application

Please Note: The information on this page refers to the pilot round of the program, which is no longer accepting applications. At this time, the next round of applications for the Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship has not been announced. To receive updates on future open application cycles, please subscribe to TCG Grant Updates.

Applications must be developed and submitted by the individual applicant.


The online application will require that the applicant name two references who will each submit a recommendation on their behalf. Both recommenders should be familiar with the applicant’s work and be available to submit their recommendation to TCG via email by THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2019 NOON ET.

The applicant should receive a confirmation e-mail indicating a successful submission within one hour. If not, please contact TCG immediately. Be sure to save the Submission Confirmation E-mail as proof of submission. Applicants who cannot provide proof of application submission will not be eligible.

Register for Info Sessions

To assist applicants with their Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship applications, TCG will be holding information sessions throughout April 2019. All three sessions will cover the same information and are free to attend. The sessions will be conducted via teleconference and webchat on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 09, 2019, 3:30-4:30pm EDT, register here
  • Thursday, April 11, 2019, 5:00-6:00pm EDT, register here
  • Thursday, April 18, 2019, 3:00-4:00pm EDT, register here

Participation in a session is not a requirement to submit an application.

How To Apply

Step 1: Download and read the Guidelines carefully, paying close attention to instructions regarding the application process, including submitting portfolio materials and recommendations.

Step 2: Apply via the TCG ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL. The portal will require applicants to complete an online application form, upload two files as described in Step 3, and provide links to two to four files, using an online file sharing platform (i.e. Dropbox or Google Drive), as described in Step 4.

NOTE: At any given moment you can select Save & Finish Later before you log off from your application session. To return to your application after you log off, please click here.

Step 3: Upload two file(s) as instructed below. Each file must be under 15 MB.

  • FILE #1: Upload a two-page resume/CV for the applicant.
      Name the file as follows: ApplicantLastName_ApplicantFirstName_Resume.pdf
  • FILE #2: Complete and upload the Excel Budget Spreadsheet provided in the Online Application Form.
      Name the file as follows: ApplicantLastName_ApplicantFirstName_Budget.xls

Step 4: Using the spaces provided in the “Portfolio Samples” section of the online application, applicants must provide links to materials (using an online file sharing program such as Dropbox or Google Drive) from at least TWO, but not more than FOUR projects that best represent their work. See the 'Portfolio Materials' section in the Guidelines for more information about submissions.

Failure to assemble and submit application materials properly may result in the application being considered ineligible for review.

Step 5: Save the Application Confirmation E-mail as proof of submission. Applicants who cannot provide proof of application submission by the deadline will not be eligible. If you do not receive an Application Confirmation E-mail within an hour of submission, please email Michael Francis at NOTE: Confirmation emails will be sent from, so be sure to check your spam folder.

Application materials will NOT be accepted after the aforementioned deadline and must be submitted via the TCG ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL.

Step 6: The application requires two letters of recommendation that address why the applicant is a strong candidate for a Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship. The applicant will be responsible for sharing the information provided with both of their recommenders. Recommenders MUST submit their letters directly to TCG by emailing a PDF file to Michael Francis at by THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2019 NOON ET. Recommendations must be submitted by the recommender, not the applicant.

General Instructions on using TCG's Online Application Portal:

  • Do not close out of browser without clicking the Save & Finish Later button. At any time, you can save your work and return to the application form by selecting the Save & Finish Later button.

  • Click the check mark icon next to long text boxes to spell check your work.

  • You will not be able to bold, italicize or underline your text. We suggest putting show titles in CAPS or using quotation marks.

  • When applicable, you may click the info box icon for formatting requirements and special instructions, when necessary.

  • You can transfer the ownership of the application by selecting the "Save & Finish Later" button and clicking the "Transfer to a new owner" icon.

  • You can give access to another person to view your application by selecting the "Save" button and clicking the "Email Draft" link.

  • To return to your application after you log off, please click here.