Gerard Unger Scholarship

January 2015

TypeTogether is happy to announce the Call for Entries for the 2021 Gerard Unger Scholarship. Application deadline is June 15, 2021.


About the Gerard Unger Scholarship
The annual Gerard Unger Scholarship helps promising typeface design students develop their careers. We encourage all 2019–2020 or 2020–2021 students and graduates to submit their unique typeface design projects, even if they are unfinished. We are looking for your fresh and inspiring ideas for a novel type family, without any limitations regarding its creative concept.

Our aim is to enable exceptional projects started during a course of study to be finalised and published commercially as soon as possible after the end of the course. The designer whose project is selected will receive feedback on their design and guidance from the entire TypeTogether team toward completing the family on a commercial basis. Additionally, a sum of money will be provided to allow the designer to continue working on the typeface after their course of study is over.

Previous winners

Winning designers will join an esteemed group of young talent: Roxane Gataud’s Bely, Juan Bruce’s Noort, Quentin Schmerber’s Temeraire, Bogidar Mascareñas’s LaimaFlorian Fecher’s Lektorat family, and Anya Danilova’s Rezak. Four of our Gerard Unger Scholarship designers have won awards, including the coveted TDC Certificate of Excellence award for three of them. And now it’s your turn!

Who can apply
Any current or graduated student in a type design course within the past two years (2019–2021) who has fully or partially developed a type family (more than a single weight) that includes, but is not limited to, the basic Latin alphabet.

Why work with TypeTogether?
Established in 2006, TypeTogether is an independent type foundry with a cosmopolitan soul. Our small core team works remotely to create innovative and stylish solutions to the greatest problems in the professional typography market worldwide. We specialise in multiscript font design for digital and print editorial use, and create custom type for corporate use with clients like Apple Inc., Siemens Healthcare, Alphabet/Google, and an array of newspapers, magazines, and digital works.

Our internationally awarded catalogue — honoured for its high quality, usefulness, personality, and ability to grab attention — spans many languages and scripts and is diligently expanding each year. Besides all this, each teammate takes an active role in the global type community because we are convinced that education and encouragement are great ways to put good into the world. In short, we’re a fun team of highly qualified and respected individuals who want to help you succeed.

How to participate

Submit a project by email in PDF format to scholarship[at] Required page size is A4. Multiple submissions are allowed, but please only one submission per packet with no more than 10 pages per submission. The file should include: 

1. Your name and contact details
2. The course and institution in which you are studying
3. The name and contact details of the key tutor in your programme of study
4. Typeface brief (no more than 300 words): description of possible design space, the font’s concept and intention, and how the family could expand
5. Each proposal should include the following (however, this is only a guideline):

–List of scripts and the most current character set in each script within the family (it does not need to be complete)
–A selection of interesting glyphs that show the essence of the family
–For text typefaces, include a few paragraphs in body sizes (8–12 points) and subhead sizes (14–18 points)
–For display typefaces, include a few paragraphs and headlines (24–48 points)
–Show diacritics (if applicable)
–Show examples of possible uses (website, book, magazine, app, signage) to demonstrate its application

Key dates
All projects received by June 15, 2021 will be judged. At least one winner will be selected and announced by August 1, 2021.

What the selected designers get:
1. Mentoring
Veronika Burian, José Scaglione, and the rest of the TypeTogether team will provide advice on the commercial, aesthetic, and technical sides of font-making. TypeTogether will offer feedback about design features, help with the testing procedures, and share knowledge, tools, and processes to control the quality of the final product. Mentoring is the core of this programme and will be consistently available from the start, from overviewing the contractual terms until the typeface release and beyond.

2. Publishing
The designer will receive a contract that includes publishing the selected type family in TypeTogether’s retail library. This contract allows designers to opt out at any time and offers a 50% royalty rate, which is one of the highest rates in the industry (if not the highest). Designers retain all the rights and ownership of their work, including any future family expansion.

3. Internship & Funding
The selected designer will enter a working intern relationship with TypeTogether for a period of four (4) months after their graduation, or as soon as possible. The designer will be expected to work a certain number of set hours per week to develop their typeface only. They will work remotely but within a professional environment were they will learn different aspects of the type-founding industry. The exact terms will be decided in accordance to the preferences and options of the selected designer, and balanced against the design necessities of the typeface and our publishing schedule. The designer’s work will be supervised at different stages by the TypeTogether team, and the ultimate goal is to make progress with the type family in an environment of fun and learning.

The selected designer will receive € 5.000 total paid out in monthly deposits in exchange for participating in the internship to develop their typeface within TypeTogether’s structure. Additionally, the selected designer will receive funding (up to € 1.000) for an educational trip to attend to an agreed top-level typography conference.

For more information about this programme, please contact us at [email protected].

José Scaglione, Veronika Burian, and Juan Bruce looking at Juan’s typeface, Noort, selected for the second mentorship programme.

Noort in use in the specimen submited as part of the Master in Typeface Design, University of Reading, 2015.

Detail of Noort, released in 2017.

José and Veronika giving feedback to Roxane Gataud, the first recipient of the mentorship programme. Her Bely family was released in 2016.

Poster specimen of Roxane Gataud’s typeface, Bely

Detail of Bely’s specimen.

Detail of Temeraire’s poster, designed by Quentin Schmerber.

Temeraire, by 2016’s recipient, Quentin Schmerber. The type family was released in 2018.

Laima, designed by Bogidar Mascareñas, was the fourth recipient of the mentorship programme, 2016.

Specimen of Laima, by Bogidar Mascareñas, for the TypeMedia 2016 exhibition. Photo by Marc Rouault.

Detail and feedback of Lektorat, designed by Florian Fecher, awarded with the Gerard Unger Scholarship in 2019.

Lektorat, designed by Florian Fecher, released in 2020.

Rezak by Anya Danilova, sixth recipient of the Gerard Unger Scholarship, 2020.

About Us

TypeTogether is an indie type foundry committed to excellence in type design with a focus on editorial use. Additionally, TypeTogether creates custom type design for corporate use. We invite you to browse our library of retail fonts or contact us to discuss custom type design projects.