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We offer more bursaries and scholarships relative to the size of our student body than any other top educational institution.


If you are a British Citizen you shouldn't let money deter you from applying. The School awards £650,000 for student support to UK students.

UK students may apply for:

  • An NFTS scholarship, which can contribute some or all of their MA Tuition Fees
  • A bursary which can be used either towards their living costs or tuition fees

The NFTS is grateful for the generous support of the BBC, which provides £250,000 of BBC bursaries and scholarships for students. When you are offered a place on a course you will be invited to apply for a scholarship and/or bursary and we will also provide advice about other potential sources of funding. Applications for NFTS funding are means tested. Awards to UK MA students for the academic year commencing January 2014 have ranged from £1,000 to £10,000, depending on demonstrated individual need. If you are a UK citizen or resident, while the NFTS cannot guarantee you will receive an award, please do not allow financial worries to deter you from applying for a place here at the NFTS.

Watch below to see how the Toledo Scholarship has helped British Black and Ethnic Minority students train at the NFTS.

UK students who have worked in the Industry for at least two years may qualify for a grant towards living expenses from the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund. Students with relevant experience who have been offered a place on a course should apply direct to the CTBF.

Some of the remaining UK Regional Screen Agencies offer scholarships to students from within their region. Some are arranged through the School as NFTS Scholarships, while others must be applied for direct, in competition with students at other institutions. Please contact the Registry, or your local Regional Screen Agency, for more information

Toledo Productions support diverse new British voices and talent. The Toledo Scholarship was established by Duncan Kenworthy (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill) to enable talented newcomers from the UK’s ethnic minorities to fast-track their ambitions and join the British film industry.

International students on MA courses

If you have officially confirmed UK residency status you will be invited to apply for a scholarship or bursary. You will be required to supply confirmation from the Home Office of your residency status.

All EU students may apply for NFTS scholarships. However, as we are the UK’s National Film and Television School, priority is given to UK students when allocating scholarships. In the event that you do not secure an NFTS scholarship you will need to make independent financial arrangements for your tuition fees and maintenance.

There are also British Government-funded scholarship schemes available through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Overseas Development Administration or United Nations. You can find out more from the British Council, Embassy or High Commission in your own country or from www.britishcouncil.org and www.educationuk.org. The application deadline for these scholarships may fall before our selection process is completed, so you should ask if you can make an application in principle even though you may not yet have been offered a place at the School.

If you are offered a place on a course the School will provide advice about potential sources of independent funding.

Students on Diploma courses

Candidates who are offered a place on a diploma course will be invited to apply for any diploma specific scholarships that are available.

All Students

All students can currently buy a subsidised rail pass between London Marylebone and Beaconsfield at a significantly reduced price.


Scholarship Donors

  • Anonymous
  • Adobe
  • The Alan Hawkshaw Foundation
  • BAFTA/Shell
  • BAFTA Prince William Scholarships
  • Barchester
  • BBC
  • BBC Worldwide
  • Beaconsfield Film Society
  • British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)
  • British Cinematography Scholarship Trust
  • British Film Company
  • Budleigh Film Society
  • Christie
  • Creative England
  • Creative Scotland
  • David Lean Foundation
  • David Yates
  • De Mouilpied Charity Trust
  • Discovery Networks International
  • Freddie Francis, BSC Scholarship
  • Sir John Terry Memorial Fund
  • Kodak Entertainment Imaging
  • The Louis Malle Scholarship
  • Mark Baker
  • Mark Farley
  • Met Film School
  • Michael Samuelson Scholarship
  • Mike Frankovic/Columbia TriStar Scholarship
  • Musicians' Union
  • Northern Ireland Screen
  • Oscar Moore Screenwriting Fund
  • Pinewood Studios Group
  • Prescience Film Finance
  • The PRS for Music Foundation
  • The Richard Dunn Memorial Fund
  • The Robert Gavron Charitable Trust
  • Royal Mail Special Stamps
  • Sargent Disc
  • Sky Academy Scholarships
  • Toledo Productions
  • Warner Bros.
  • The Wellcome Trust Science Media Studentships
  • The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation
  • Zodiak Media Group