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Scholarship Program

BAFTA 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 most renowned film schools in the United States.

Application Process

Applications for our 2020 Scholarships have now closed.  Please click here to register interest for 2021.

Our Current Scholars

The 2019 recipients are Adam Baroukh studying at Columbia, Anna R. Japaridze studying at Stanford, Sanjivi Krishnan studying at UCLA, Lola Blanche Higgins studying at AFI, Rachel Main studying at NYU, Tim Moorhouse studying at Columbia, Silas Parry at NYU and Yvonne Zhang studying at AFI.

Find out more about our 2019 scholars here.

Find out more about our 2018 scholars here. 

Find out more about our 2017 scholars here.

Pigott/BAFTA Scholarship

Established in 2015, supported by a $1 million endowment established by Mark Pigott, KBE, the Pigott / BAFTA Scholarship is the centerpiece of BAFTA's US Scholarship Program, supporting British university graduate students studying at accredited graduate schools in the U.S. in filmmaking programs leading to a Masters Degree. Recipients receive $10,000 to contribute towards their tuition and expenses, and year-round support from BAFTA. Read more about the Pigott / BAFTA Scholarship here.  The PIgott / BAFTA Scholarship endowment will provide funds indefinitely to support British students in the US. 

Hunter Foundation Scholarship

The Hunter Foundation Scholarship supports postgraduate students of film or film-related disciplines at universities and film schools in the USA. Applicants must show that they were born in or lived/worked in Scotland in order to qualify for the scholarship. Established in 2018, the scholarship has supported four students with awards of up to $10,000. Recipients are also given access to BAFTA’s new talent programming in New York and Los Angeles. 


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.