Funding opportunities

UK Funding Only

BAFTA UK Scholarship Programme 2019

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 course: MA/MSc Film and Television Production with Sound.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 28 May 2019.

UK/EU Funding Only

UK Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme

If you're starting a Masters from September 2019 you may be entitled to a government-backed loan of up to £10,000.

 

WRoCAH White Rose Competition Studentships.

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded doctoral studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme.  

WRoCAH has around 48 AHRC studentships that will be awarded through open competition.

  • Of these we expect the majority to be student-led project applications

  • At least 15% of the awards made will be Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) where a student works closely with a non-academic partner organisation throughout their PhD. Project areas are already defined for these, and are advertised here.

Students can make only one application for funding through the open competition for either a student-led or a collaborative project.

The studentship application form and details of how to apply for each type of studentship are only available from the WRoCAH website. Please read the details very carefully as the application process may vary for the Collaborative Doctoral Awards with an earlier deadline for expressions of interest.

http://wrocah.ac.uk/funding/prospective-students/

To be eligible for funding, applicants for all types of WRoCAH AHRC Studentships must have applied for a PhD programme at one of Leeds, Sheffield or York.

The deadline for applications has now passed.

 

Digital Creativity Labs PhD studentships

  • The Digital Creativity Labs invite applications for fully funded PhD studentships in digital creativity for September 2019 start at the University of York. The Digital Creativity Labs are a world centre of excellence for impact-driven research, focusing on digital games, interactive media and the rich space where they converge.

The deadline for applications has now passed.

 

UK/EU and International Funding

York Graduate Loyalty Discount

If you've completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

 

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 TFTV.  Applications to the AES are open from March 15 to May 15 every year.

Please visit http://www.aes.org/education/foundation/

 

TFTV PhD Student Bursaries

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television 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 welcome to apply:

  • Current first-year PhD students and new PhD applicants, for any start date in 2018-19 or 2019-20
  • 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, both of the following must be submitted by 5pm on Friday, 29 March, 2019:

  • Apply here for admission to the PhD (you do not need to have an offer by that date, but your complete application must be submitted). 
  • Submit TFTV PhD student bursaries application here (via google form)

For further information please click here.

Applications will be assessed on the quality of your degree qualifications and the project proposal accompanying your application for admission (the fit of the research with the department and the quality of the research that is being proposed).

If you have questions please email Dr Lisa Peschel, the Director of Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Research, at lisa.peschel@york.ac.uk.

The deadline for applications has now passed.

 

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities 2019/20

The Wolfson Foundation awards funding to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on their chosen field. There are four scholarships available for 2019/20 with at least one in each of the areas of History, Literature (includes TFTV), and Languages.

Each scholarship offers £28,750 each year (over three years) and covers:

  • tuition fees (at home or overseas rate)
  • a maintenance stipend of around £20,000 per year
  • some research and training costs

To be eligible you must hold a PhD offer from the department to start on 1 October 2018. For further information please click here.

The deadline for applications has now passed.

 

XR Stories 2019/20

How do immersive storytelling technologies have the capacity to generate personal meaning?

While video games, VR experiences and other immersive storytelling media are still created largely for entertainment value, many of these experiences also elicit profound emotional responses and personal meaning in players. Michael Highland, for example, in his TEDxPenn talk describes gaming “as a spiritual state”. Vignette games, such as those by Nina Freeman, Cibelle and Jake Jefferies, focus on the personal nature of their stories in the gaming medium “in addition to the grand stories many games tell”, and which are often designed to resonate with players’ own lives. There is increasing attention in the literature on gaming as a meaningful cultural experience, such as Daniel Muriel and Garry Crawford’s Video Games as Culture anthology, published by Routledge last year.

This research thus seeks to extend this trajectory of inquiry by investigating our understanding of innate connection to stories in interactive spaces, and how those stories in interactive media create deep personal meaning in users.

You will be supervised by Dr Jenna Ng, with additional supervision, direction and support by industry partner Thunkd Games Ltd, who has extensive experience of game creation, implementation and design.

Eligibility

Applicants may be of any nationality, and have an undergraduate or Masters degree in a relevant subject. Fees will be paid at the Home/EU level (Overseas applicants would be required to meet the difference between the Home/EU fee and the Overseas fee) and there is a maintenance stipend equivalent to the UKRI rate. 

The studentship is available from 1st October 2019, and must be taken up no later than the 1st December. It is for one academic year and must be taken up full time. 

How to apply

Please apply through the Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media’s application link by Friday 30th August. Please be sure to include a covering letter (no more than 2 A4 pages) along with your CV, detailing your academic record and any relevant work experience, to express your interest in and suitability for this studentship. 

This Masters by Research is subject to the Department’s regulations.

 

Interfaces for interactive filmmaking

Interactive filmmaking is increasingly being used as a persuasive medium as well as a novel form of entertainment. Simple branching narrative films such as Bandersnatch have, for the first time, been broadcast through mainstream VOD platforms, however the interfaces through which viewers interact with the film are often crude, necessitating a disorienting break in the flow of the story.

Using techniques pioneered through video games such as Majestic and experimental works such as The Accidental Lovers and The Moment, interactive films can be augmented and even driven by second-screen or corollary content and controlled through interfaces ranging from the familiar (such as mobile devices and web browsers) to the unusual (such as Brain Control Interfaces or musical instruments). In multi-modal interactive stories such as The Last Hours of Laura K, social media sites are used not just to provide context and detail but to impart vital plot information and crucially, to provide the interface between viewer and media.

During the Masters, the candidate will explore narrative eco-systems around interactive filmmaking. The candidate will research, design and prototype novel ways of interacting with filmed content, either for dramatic or persuasive effect. The connection between narrative and interface will be a key consideration and the candidate will need to bring enthusiasm for unusual approaches to filmmaking and interaction design.

You will be supervised by Dr Guy Schofield, with additional supervision, direction and support by industry partner Digifish, who has extensive experience of linear and interactive filmmaking.

Eligibility

Applicants may be of any nationality, and have an undergraduate or Masters degree in a relevant subject. Fees will be paid at the Home/EU level (Overseas applicants would be required to meet the difference between the Home/EU fee and the Overseas fee) and there is a maintenance stipend equivalent to the UKRI rate.

The studentship is available from 1st October 2019, and must be taken up no later than the 1st December. It is for one academic year and must be taken up full time.

How to apply

Please apply through the Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media’s application link by Friday 30th August. Please be sure to include a covering letter (no more than 2 A4 pages) along with your CV, detailing your academic record and any relevant work experience, to express your interest in and suitability for this studentship.

This Masters by Research is subject to the Department’s regulations.

 

 

International Funding Only

Academic Excellence scholarships for Postgraduate Taught Students

These scholarships are split into two categories:

  • Academic Excellence scholarships offering a £5,000 tuition fee discount for the first year of study, for high ability students of any non-EU country.
  • Country-specific Academic Excellence scholarships offering a tuition fee discount of up to £10,000 for the first year of study, for high ability students domiciled or a national of a specific country.
  • Region-specific Academic Excellence scholarships offering a tuition fee discount of up to £10,000 for the first year of study, for high ability students domiciled or a national of a specific region.

Further information is available on the International Funding webpages.

Applications will open on 14 January 2019.

 

Vice-Chancellor's scholarships for Postgraduate Taught Students

Five scholarships offering a £5,000 tuition fee discount for each year of study, for exceptionally high achieving students from any non-EU country.

Further information is available on the International Funding webpages.

Applications will open on 25 January 2019.

 

CSC PhD Studentship 2018

  • We're pleased to offer up to ten joint-funded PhD scholarships in collaboration with the China Scholarships Council (CSC). The scholarships are open to Chinese nationals intending to begin a PhD in the 2018/19 academic year. They will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and CSC priorities.
  • CSC PhD Studentship information on how to apply. You must obtain an unconditional offer of study on a PhD programme by 15 February 2019.

The deadline for applications has now passed.

 

SENESCYT Scholarships for Ecuadorian applicants

There are funding opportunities for students from Ecuador through SENESCYT. Further details can be found on the Programa de Becas Internacionales de Posgrado website. Applicants must have an offer from the University before the closing deadline.

 

BAFTA Chinese Nationals Scholarship Programme 2019

This scholarship programme offers support to talented Chinese nationals, enabling their study of film, television or games as an international student in the UK. Chinese nationals can apply for up to £5,000 towards course fees.  The scholarship recipients will also be mentored by industry professionals, and have free access to BAFTA events.  

Eligible course: MA/MSc Film and Television Production with Sound

The deadline for applications is Friday 24 May 2019, 5pm

 

Commonwealth PhD Scholarships (for high income countries)

Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from high income Commonwealth countries, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.

Funded by the UK Department for Education (DfE), Commonwealth PhD Scholarships support excellence in UK higher education and sustain the principles of the Commonwealth.

You must Hold an unconditional offer from the university by the time you submit your scholarship application (a conditional offer with only a financial condition is acceptable).

For further information, please visit the Commonwealth Scholarships website.

The deadline for applications has now passed.

 

YGRS Overseas Research Scholarship

For applicants holding an offer to study a PhD at York. The deadline for applications is 31st January 2019.

  • You will not need to pay any tuition fees and you'll receive a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for each year of successful study.
  • A competitive scholarship based on academic merit and financial need.
  • You will have applied for a place of study on a PhD programme at York by 31 January 2019.
  • You will start your research studies in the 2019/20 academic year (between 1 October 2019 and 1 September 2020)
  • You must be liable to pay tuition fees at the international rate.
  • Further details are available on the University's Funding for International Research Students webpage.

The deadline for applications has now passed.

Commonwealth Scholarships Commission

  • There are various Commonwealth Scholarships available for students studying at Masters' or PhD level.
  • Applicants will be required to submit all of their documentation, including unconditional offers, academic references and supporting statements by 22nd February 2018 to be considered for a 2018 scholarship.
  • For full details and to apply, please visit: http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/masters-scholarships/

The deadline for applications has now passed.

Chinese Student Funding Only

CSC PhD Studentship 2018

  • We're pleased to offer up to ten joint-funded PhD scholarships in collaboration with the China Scholarships Council (CSC). The scholarships are open to Chinese nationals intending to begin a PhD in the 2019/20 academic year. They will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and CSC priorities.
  • CSC PhD Studentship information on how to apply. You must obtain an unconditional offer of study on a PhD programme by the 15th February 2019.

The deadline has now passed.

 

BAFTA Chinese Nationals Scholarship Programme 2019

This scholarship programme offers support to talented Chinese nationals, enabling their study of film, television or games as an international student in the UK. Chinese nationals can apply for up to £5,000 towards course fees. The scholarship recipients will also be mentored by industry professionals, and have free access to BAFTA events.

Eligible course: MA/MSc Film and Television Production with Sound.

The deadline for applications is Friday 24 May 2019, 5pm.

 

Ecuadorian Student Funding Only

SENESCYT Scholarships for Ecuadorian applicants

Funding opportunities for students from Ecuador through SENESCYT's Convocatoria Abierta 2017 are now available. Further details can be found on the Convocatoria Abierta 2017 website. Closing deadline for applications is 21 May 2017. Applicants must have an offer from the University before the closing deadline. 

The deadline for applications has now passed.