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Scholarship Program

BAFTA Los Angeles supports the next generation of British film and television talent through our Scholarship Program, creating opportunities for exceptional British students to study at some of the world's most renowned film schools.

Application Process

Applications for 2019 are currently closed, however, please check back in January 2020 for more information about the 2020 scholarship applications. 

Our Current Scholars

The 2018 recipients are Hena Ashraf studying at UCLA, Clare Byrne studying at USC, Edward Hancox studying at University of Texas in Austin, Lola Blanche Higgins studying at American Film Institute, Edward Howarth studying at Boston University, Rhys Jones studying at NYU, Gavin Laing at USC, Rachel Main studying at NYU, Bella Randle Racklin studying at School of Visual Arts, Robert Treves studying at USC, and Catherine Wignall studying at UCLA.

Find out more about our 2017 scholars here.

Find out more about our 2018 scholars here. 


The US remains inarguably the best place in the world to study filmmaking and we believe the world's best young filmmakers should have the opportunity to apply their talent to the world's best film schools. With annual tuition fees for international students costing students in excess of $50,000, the BAFTA Los Angeles Scholarship Program supports students by giving financial support, as well as mentorship opportunities and access to BAFTA Los Angeles screenings and events. The scholarships are funded by BAFTA Los Angeles' events and membership, as well as through donations from successful industry professionals and companies.


The Pigott/BAFTA Scholarship is supported by a $1 million endowment established by Mark Pigott, KBE. Additional scholarship funds are provided thanks to The Hunter Foundation and funds generated from our Access for All campaign. If you would like to support our Scholarship Program, get in touch with our office to discuss options for involvement: [email protected]


Our Scholarship Program was set up seventeen years ago to support a single British student enrolled on the prestigious MFA Screenwriting program at UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television. The program has since expanded greatly and continues to grow, currently supporting eleven students with substantial scholarships.

The BAFTA LA Scholarship Program has proved highly successful, with virtually every scholarship recipient graduating to become a working professional in the film and TV industry. Alumni include Sacha Gervasi (Terminal, Anvil! The Story of Anvil), Joby Harold (Awake, Edge of Tomorrow) and Gil Kenan (Monster House, City of Ember).

BAFTA Los Angeles supports the next generation of British film and television talent


In 2014, BAFTA Los Angeles announced its first perpetual Scholarship Program - The Pigott/BAFTA Scholarship. Funded by a $1 million endowment from industrialist and philanthropist Mark Pigott KBE, the endowment will support British students studying film in the US for generations to come.