The AFI Conservatory offers scholarship support to first and second year Fellows. The Conservatory offers donor-supported scholarships to incoming and current Fellows based on both financial need and demonstrated talent. Varying scholarship awards are available in each discipline, with awards ranging from $1,500 to full tuition.
Scholarships are awarded to first year Fellows and are renewable in the second year provided you maintain satisfactory academic progress. Scholarship applications are submitted through the online admission application only. If you wish to apply for AFI Scholarship funds, you must submit the AFI Conservatory scholarship application. Download the pdf application, complete it and the required essay(s), and upload it in pdf format within the online application.
Scholarship selection is determined by the Conservatory Financial Aid and Awards Committee with advisement from select scholarship donors on a case-by-case basis.
The following scholarships are distributed by the Conservatory. Do not contact the donor directly for scholarship information.
Named scholarships (including the Jerry Bruckheimer Producing Scholarship, Mosie Hackett Endowed Fellowship, Jeffrey Katzenberg Fellowship, Lennie Marvin Scholarship in Production Design, Time Warner Fellowship, Gary Winick Scholarship and Women In Film/Tichi Wilkerson Kassel Endowed Scholarship, among others) are awarded as part of the general scholarship application process. There are a number of scholarships available that have unique requirements including:
- The Paul and Monica Bancroft Family Foundation Scholarship, which supports one African American female Fellow annually.
- The China Story Fellowship, funded by IDG Media, which is available to Screenwriting Fellows. Recipients take a research trip to China during the summer to study Chinese culture, and then develop feature-length screenplays that open the doors to a greater understanding of Chinese history, culture and literature. The Fellowship includes a $50,000 tuition scholarship for the participants' second year at the AFI Conservatory.
- The Green Foundation Scholarships, which are awarded to aspiring minority filmmakers from communities traditionally underserved in film and television.
- The Sloan Foundation Scholarship, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which is awarded to an incoming first year Fellow with a science background and an interest in making science-related films. More information on the Sloan film program at the AFI Conservatory can be found here.
- The Jane Stewart Endowed Scholarship, which provides tuition relief to one female Fellow studying in the Production Design discipline.
- The Tom Yoda Scholarship Award, given to five Fellows — a first year Fellow from Japan, and four non-Japanese Fellows in their first or second year of study.
Although the Conservatory does offer scholarships, we encourage applicants to research and apply for any private scholarships for which they may be eligible. There are several free, online scholarship search engines (fastweb.com is the most comprehensive) to assist in this process. Additional information about private scholarships is below.
Outside scholarships are also available for graduate study. Applicants must research these opportunities individually. There are several free, online scholarship search engines to assist in this process. Listed below are some helpful online tools and scholarship opportunities for graduate study:
BAFTA Los Angeles Scholarships
- Provided by BAFTA Los Angeles.
- Various scholarships in support of British nationals studying at renowned film schools.
- Deadline is March 7.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Scholarship
- Provided by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
- Provides $5,000 to Latino students with a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who continue to contribute in the future.
- Various deadlines.
The John L. Dales Scholarship Fund
- Provided by the SAG Foundation for SAG members or their children.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarship
- Provided by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
- Various scholarship awards are given to applicants of Hispanic heritage who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or at least the equivalent).
- The application opens in January for the following academic year.
Korean American Scholarship Foundation Scholarship
- Provided by the Korean American Scholarship Foundation.
- Provides funding to Korean American students in higher education.
- Applications available April 1.
The Francis D. Lyon Graduate Fellowship
- Provided by the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.
- Approximately $2,500 grant. Open to all graduate level film students. Membership in the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity is not a requirement.
- Deadline is March 15.
National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles Scholarship Program
- Provides merit-based scholarships to those who live and attend school in the Greater Los Angles area.
- Scholarships are awarded regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender identity, sexual or national origin.
- First cycle applications accepted February 1 through May 1 for June awards.
- Second cycle applications accepted August 1 through November 1 for December awards.
The Don & Gee Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting
- Provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
- Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded each year.
- Deadline is May 1.
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
- Provides $20,000 maintenance and half tuition (up to $16,000 per year) for 30 selected recipients a year for up to two years of graduate study.
- Candidates must be either holders of alien registration cards (aka 'green cards'), naturalized citizens, or children of two naturalized citizen parents.
- Candidates must be in their final year of undergraduate study, have a bachelor's degree already or be in their first year of graduate study.
- Candidates must not be older than 30 years of age as deadline date.
- Applications available on-line and may be submitted via Online Application System or downloaded and mailed.
- Applications open in mid-April.
Worldstudio Foundation Scholarship
- Provided by Worldstudio Foundation.
- For applicants who are pursuing a fine or commercial arts degree. Production design included as well as filmmaking.
- Minority status is a significant factor, but not a requirement while financial need is a requirement.
- Applicants who have yet to enroll must submit proof of acceptance from school of choice.