The NFTS is committed to ensuring it is open to students of genuine ability, no matter what their background or financial circumstances.

In the last year, 8 in 10 UK MA students received support, with more than £800,000 given out in total.

As an institution that develops the next generation of creative talent we feel a special responsibility to ensure our creative industries reflect the full diversity of our country. 

So if you have the talent and the commitment, we want to give you the opportunity to fulfil your potential. We don’t want anybody to be put off applying for a place at the NFTS because of the cost. We will do all we can to help you make the finances work to come to the NFTS.

The NFTS awards more scholarships and bursaries to British students, relative to the size of our student body, than almost any other educational institution in the UK. 

NFTS MA Scholarship Programme

The NFTS is grateful for the generous assistance of its scholarship donors, such as ScreenSkills and Channel 4, who between them provide £350,000 of support for students to help with their fees. Channel 4 monies are targeted at students from diverse backgrounds including those from the regions, nations and from BAME communities.

The School also receives significant scholarship funding from a range of trusts and grant-giving organisations, such as the Leverhulme Trust which supports 10 students every year, as well as companies and individuals.

Toledo Productions supports diverse new British voices and talent. The Toledo Scholarship was established in 2005 by one of the world’s most successful producers and NFTS governor Duncan Kenworthy (Four Weddings and a FuneralNotting Hill) to enable talented newcomers from the UK’s ethnic minorities to fast-track their ambitions and join the British film industry. Since its inception, over 30 scholars have benefitted from £300,000 of funding including writer/director Shola Amoo (The Last Tree) and producer Kurban Kassam (Ginger and Rosa). More information is available on our Toledo Scholarship page, where you can see how it has helped British Black and Ethnic Minority students successfully train at the NFTS.

When you are offered a place on an MA course, and if you are eligible, you will be invited to apply for these scholarships. 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 2020 have ranged from £1,000 to £10,000, depending on demonstrated individual need.  

Scholarships for Diploma courses

Scholarships are now available for full-time NFTS Diploma courses starting in January 2020. More than £100,000 is available to support students. Find out more on our scholarships for diploma courses page.

BAFTA Scholarships

UK Scholarship Programme

Students on a number of NFTS MA and Diploma courses can apply for the BAFTA UK scholarship programme. It is open to British citizens in need of financial assistance to take a post-graduate course in the UK. You can apply to BAFTA before you are offered an NFTS place.

Each BAFTA Scholar receives up to £12,000 towards their annual course fees, as well as mentoring support from a BAFTA member, and free access to BAFTA events around the UK.

Find eligible courses and apply online here 

Chinese Nationals studying in the UK

This scholarship is open to Chinese nationals in need of financial assistance to take a postgraduate course in the UK related to a career in film, television or games.

Successful applicants will receive up to £5,000 towards annual tuition fees

Find eligible courses and apply online here

UK students who have worked in the industry for at least two years may qualify for assistance from the Film & Television Charity. There is also an opportunity to apply early and directly for a BAFTA scholarship before your application has been completed. UK applicants should look out for the BAFTA scholarship announcement on their website.

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.

European and International students on MA courses

The NFTS scholarship programme is only available to UK students. There are 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 and   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 Part-time 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.  These may change each year and will be mentioned on the individual course page.  Please check the page for the latest scholarship news.

Scholarship Patrons

  • The Bertha Foundation
  • Dana and Albert R Broccoli Foundation
  • David Elstein, Warburg Pincus
  • The David Lean Foundation
  • Duncan Kenworthy OBE, Toledo Productions Ltd
  • Entente Distribution Ltd
  • Ingenious Media Investment
  • The Leverhulme Trust
  • The Lew Grade Memorial Fund
  • The McKenna Charitable Trust
  • Richard Dunn Memorial Fund
  • Shorts International
  • The UIP Charitable Trust
  • YouTube

Scholarship Donors

  • Anonymous
  • Alan Hawkshaw Foundation
  • All3Media
  • Andy Harries
  • The Anthony Picavance Bursary
  • AMD
  • AMV BBDO Flare Studio
  • BBC
  • British Board of Film Classification  (BBFC)
  • British Cinematography Scholarship Trust
  • Channel 4
  • Christie Digital
  • Creative England
  • Creative Scotland
  • The David Lean Foundation
  • David Yates
  • De Mouilpied Charity Trust
  • Discovery Networks International
  • Film & Television Charity Lord Attenborough Scholarship
  • Freddie Francis, BSC Scholarship
  • Freddie Young, OBE, BSC Scholarship
  • The Garden Productions
  • The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation
  • Independent Film Trust
  • Sir John Terry Memorial Fund
  • Kodak Entertainment Imaging
  • The Leverhulme Trust
  • The Louis Malle Scholarship
  • Mark Baker
  • Mark Farley
  • Met Film School
  • Michael Samuelson Scholarship
  • Mike Frankovic/Columbia TriStar Scholarship
  • Musicians Union
  • Northern Ireland Screen
  • Odeon
  • Pinewood Studios Group
  • Prescience Film Finance
  • The PRS for Music Foundation
  • River Pictures
  • The Robert Gavron Charitable Trust
  • Roger King/International Productions Ltd
  • Royal Mail Special Stamps
  • Sargent Disc
  • Toledo Productions
  • UK Cinema Association
  • Warner Bros.
  • The Wellcome Trust

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