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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

If you are interested in applying for the 2015 BAFTA Los Angeles Scholarship Program, you can download the application materials here.


With annual tuition fees 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.


Our Scholarship Program was set up seventeen years ago to support a 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 it was announced in 2012 that BAFTA Los Angeles would launch a new expanded program and grant scholarships of $15,000, $5,000, two at $1,500, and the $5000 Nigel Lythgoe Television Scholarship for a student specializing in TV.

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.

Past Scholars

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).

Our Current Scholars

The 2014 recipients were Iesh Thapar studying at Columbia University, Catherine Taylor at American Film Institute, Andrew Duncan Visser at Columbia University, Samuel Icklow at University of California Los Angeles and William Stefan Smith from Tisch School of the Arts who received the Nigel Lythgoe Television Scholarship for a second year.