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BAFTA UK Scholarship Programme 2021 – Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  I don’t have British citizenship, but I’m currently living in the UK. Can I apply?
The BAFTA UK Scholarship programme is open to British citizens as recognised under UK law, those with Settled Status and those with Refugee Status.

Q. My chosen course isn’t listed as eligible for the scholarship. Can I still apply?
To be able to apply for a scholarship, your course must be amongst the list of eligible courses. Click here to see the list.

Q. My course is in acting. How can I apply?
British applicants on acting courses must be nominated by their drama school, which must be an institution accredited by Drama UK (until its closure in November 2016), or by the national conservatoires of Scotland or Wales. Please speak to your course tutor about this. 

Q. I am applying for multiple eligible courses. Do I need to submit multiple applications?
There is no limit to the number of applications you can submit should you be applying for multiple courses for which you are seeking a scholarship. Please submit an application form for each course you are applying for. Each application will be judged individually so please ensure you include all relevant details in each application.

Q.  Why isn’t my course eligible this year?
The eligible courses have been identified by industry professionals as producing students ready to work in film, games or television in areas in which BAFTA has a focus. The courses may   have been endorsed by ScreenSkills, the British Journalism Training Council (BJTC) or TIGA. For craft areas that are not covered by those organisations, we have consulted the industry. We appreciate that this means some good courses may not be eligible this year but there are only a limited number of scholarships on offer.

Q. Will I need to demonstrate why I need financial support, or are applicants assessed on talent alone?
All applicants are assessed on financial need as well as their demonstrated technical ability and personal statement answers.

Q.  Although I’m a new career starter, I am older than the average student; can I still apply for a scholarship?
Yes, there is no age limit for applicants.

Q.  I have applied to start one of the eligible courses in 2022 but I haven't been accepted yet. Can I still apply this year?
If the course year starts between September 2021 and July 2022 you can apply for a scholarship this year. Please upload a letter confirming that you have applied for the course as part of your scholarship application, even if you have not yet been accepted. Please note if you are invited for an interview, we will need proof from the institution that you have been accepted onto the course. 

Q. I will have already completed one year of a two-year course. Can I apply?
Students entering the second year of an eligible two-year course can apply for a scholarship, but you will need to explain in your Personal Statement how you were able to finance the first year of your course.

Q. I’ve missed the deadline (Wednesday 26 May 2021). Can I still apply?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept any applications after the deadline.

Q. I’ve applied in the past but was unsuccessful. Can I get feedback?
Due to the number of applications, we’re unable to give individual feedback.

Q.  I’m a British citizen and would like to study in the US. Can I apply for a scholarship?
British citizens can apply to study in the US with a scholarship from BAFTA Los Angeles or New York. For more information, visit here.

Q. My access requirements mean it is difficult for me to fill out an application. Is any assistance availble to me?
If you have any access requirements which make it difficult to understand or complete written applications, please contact us on [email protected] and we'll be more than happy to help guide you through the process. Please note we also offer the opportunity to complete your personal statement answers via video rather than in writing. 

Q. I have a question that hasn’t been answered here. Who can I contact?
Please check out the information on the Scholarships home page. If you still have a query, please send it to us at [email protected]