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Funding opportunities

The main funding opportunities for postgraduate study are listed on the university funding webpages under the categories Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Funding and Postgraduate Research (PGR) Funding. Please check those pages for details of current funding opportunities and deadlines.
Funding opportunities that are specific to students in TFTI will be listed below. Some of these opportunities have closed but will provide examples of the types of funding that may become available.

TFTI Specific Postgraduate Research Funding

This information relates to bursaries that were available for students starting in 2020.

TFTI PhD bursary

There will be no competition held for TFTI bursaries in spring 2021.  We hope to run the competition again in 2021-22

The Department of Theatre, Film. Television and Interactive Media at the University of York invites applications for a bursary for new and first-year PhD students in any of the department's subject areas:  theatre, film, television or interactive media/digital culture. The bursary will provide home/EU tuition and a stipend worth £15,000 per annum for a period of up to three years.

All of the following students are eligible to apply:

  • Current first-year TFTI PhD students (from any start date in 2019-20) and new PhD applicants/offer holders (for October, January or April 2020-2021)
  • UK, EU and international students (international students, please note that the bursary will only cover tuition at the UK/EU rate; you will need to cover the remainder of your tuition from other sources)
  • Part-time and full-time students
  • PhD by research and PhD by creative practice

To apply, the following must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 27 March, 2020:

  • the application google form. You can edit your response after you submit it, up until the 27 March deadline.
  • (new applicants only) your application for admission to the PhD.  You do not need to have an offer by that date, but your complete application must be submitted. For more information, see Apply to a research degree. You must contact a potential supervisor before you submit your application (view our staff's research interests), confirm that they are willing to supervise you, and name them on your application.

Applications will be assessed on the quality of your degree qualifications and/or professional/life experience that has prepared you for PhD study, the quality of your research proposal, and the fit of your project with the department’s research interests.

If you have questions please email Dr Lisa Peschel, Director of Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Research, at

The deadline has now passed.


PhD studentship

We invite applications for an interdisciplinary PhD studentship entitled “Conceptualising interactive & immersive fictional story design founded in film and TV”. The studentship is funded as part of the XR Stories project at the University of York and the successful candidate will be based in the Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media and work in strong collaboration with the British Film Institute (BFI).

The application deadline has passed.


Story Seeds – Growing Storied Experiences from Outdoor Cultural Heritage Sites through Tangible Interactive Artefacts

 The Story Seeds project will explore ways to gather and retell visitor experiences of outdoor cultural heritage sites in the UK and will work with participants to design sensor-based, tactile interactive artefacts to capture their experience of a physical site as narrative – a personal memento of their visit to take home.

 The project asks questions about the ways we can generate storied experiences of visits, offering novel ways to capture and share them as interactive artefacts that draw on the outside world (e.g. weather conditions, location, news feeds) as well as visitors’ interpretations and emotions. It reflects on the impermanence of human memory, the challenges of maintaining digital technology in heritage contexts, and will support future research on longitudinal evaluation of cultural heritage experiences. 

 This one year MSc by Research in Interactive Media is funded by XR Stories. The studentship will cover the tuition fee at the home/EU rate (£4,407 in 2020/21) and a stipend at the standard research council rate for one year (£15,285 in 2020/21). International (non-EU) candidates are also welcome to apply but will be required to pay the difference between the UK/EU and international tuition fee rates (approximately £17,000).

The application deadline has passed.



TFTI Specific Postgraduate Taught Funding

Audio Engineering Society (AES) - Educational Foundation Awards

If you are interested in applying to our Masters in Film and Television Production with Sound or would like to do a research degree in the field of audio, we encourage applicants to look into the Educational Foundation Awards managed by the Audio Engineering Society.

Funding awarded is generally in the region of $5,000 and will go towards your tuition fees at TFTI.  Applications to the AES are open from March 15 to May 15 every year.

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BAFTA UK Scholarship Programme 2021

This UK Scholarship Programme is part of the charitable activity to support talented people at all stages of their career in film, games and television.
The BAFTA UK scholarship programme is open to British citizens in need of financial assistance to take eligible postgraduate courses in the UK. Each BAFTA Scholar receives up to £12,000 towards their annual course fees, as well as mentoring support from a BAFTA member, winner or nominee and free access to BAFTA events around the UK.

Eligible courses: MA Film and Television Production with Cinematography, MA Film and Television Production with Directing, MA Film and Television Production with Producing and MA/MSc Film and Television Production with Sound.

Please register your interest with BAFTA for 2021.