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US Scholarships


The Scholarship Program in Los Angeles 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 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) Gil Kenan (Monster House, City of Ember), Aneil Karia (Surge, Pure) and William Stefan Smith (Top Boy, Avenue 5). 

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 students studying film in the US for generations to come.

The Scholarship Program in New York launched in 2012 with four scholarships to undergraduates enrolled in the Film & Media Studies Department of Hunter College. Over the past ten years the program has grown and now awards graduate scholarships to students at New York universities including NYU Tisch School of the Arts, the School of Visual Arts and Brooklyn College.

View the current US Scholars here.

View last year's US Scholars here.

Pigott/BAFTA Scholarship

Established in 2014, 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.  The Pigott / BAFTA Scholarship endowment will provide funds in perpetuity to support students in the US.  Applications are reviewed in March/April and recipients are selected in late May/early June.  

Learn more about the Pigott/BAFTA Scholarship here.

Fulbright-BAFTA Postgraduate Scholarship

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.

Applications are now open.  Learn more via the Fulbright Commission site.

The BAFTA Ben Jorgensen Scholarship

The BAFTA Ben Jorgensen scholarship new scholarship for graduate students studying filmmaking or filmmaking related degrees at any New York university or appropriate institute. This scholarship will award one student in the amount of $10,000.

The scholarship is dedicated to Ben Alexander Jorgensen who was born in London and raised in New York and worked in film and television throughout his life. 

To learn more about Ben Jorgensen and the eligibility criteria for this new scholarship, click here.