A ScreenSkills bursary is a cash grant to remove the obstacles to getting into the screen industries or progressing your career once you’re in.
Bursaries can be used to pay for short courses or other costs involved in your development. We've awarded bursaries to cover the cost of training fees, access, accommodation during training, travel to training, driving lessons, childcare, software and equipment. Depending on your career stage we can award up to £3k in a single bursary. Bursaries do not need to be repaid.
If you’re passionate about your career in film, TV, animation or VFX and you’re unable to develop because of money, bursaries are here for you. However, each bursary application will be reviewed in detail and assessed by a senior manager at the final stage. We exercise our judgement about what awards we make and reserve the right to decline, taking into account a range of different factors.
Who can apply for a bursary
You can apply for a bursary if you:
- currently work in the UK screen industries, or can demonstrate your intention to work in them
- are eligible to work in the UK
- are 18 years old or above
- have a UK bank account
Priority is given to freelancers rather than those with continuous contracts.
Those who are currently studying a full/part-time degree or equivalent are advised to wait until they graduate before applying for a bursary. This is so that bursaries are allocated to people who are available to take up full-time work as soon as possible.
Other factors we may take into account include your income (the application form will ask you to declare your income tax band).
When you can expect to hear from us
Applications are assessed within one month. If any information is missing on your application we'll get in touch - but this may delay your application. If your application is successful, you'll receive a bursary offer from us. When you've met all the conditions outlined in your offer and provided the additional information requested, it will take at least 15 working days for the funds to reach your account. For more detail on the schedule see the "What happens next" section at the bottom of this page.
How ScreenSkills bursaries are funded
Our bursaries are supported by BFI, through National Lottery funds, and by the screen industries contributions to the Film, High-end TV, Children’s TV, and Animation Skills Funds. For animation submissions priority will be given to working on or aspiring to work on TV series and features, as the support for the bursaries comes from UK television and feature film productions.