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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.

Current Scholarships

The Fulbright-BAFTA Postgraduate Scholarship provides funding for UK students to pursue a master’s degree in film, or discipline related to the practical art forms of the moving image, at any accredited US university.

The Fulbright-BAFTA Scholarship is currently accepting applications. Learn more and apply via the Fulbright Commission site.

The Pigott/BAFTA Scholarship will open for applications later in the winter. Applications are reviewed in March/April and recipients are selected in late May/early June. 

We are not currently accepting applications for the Pigott/BAFTA Scholarships. To register interest for 2022, please email [email protected]


Our Current Scholars

The 2020 recipients are Stuart Bramwell studying at Berklee College of Music, Pip White and Yvonne Zhang both studying at the AFI Conservatory, Jean Liu studying at USC, Adam BaroukhOlive Nwosu and Tim Moorhouse studying at Columbia University and Lily Freeston studying at Northwestern University.

Find out more about our 2021 scholars here.

Find out more about our 2020 scholars here.

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 in perpetuity to support British students in the US.


History

Our Scholarship Program was set up in 1993 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.