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 students received support, with more than £950,000 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 Scholarship programme is made up of a multitude of donors and patrons. We are grateful for the generous assistance of its scholarship donors, such as BFI and BBC, who between them provide more than £400,000 of support for students to help with their fees. Both BFI and BBC monies are targeted at students from diverse backgrounds including those from the regions, nations and from ethnically diverse communities.

You can find out more about our BBC Scholarships and the courses supported and our partnership with the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery. 

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.

Applications are now open to apply for the Black British Woman Cinematographer Scholarship Award, with the first recipient joining the NFTS Cinematography MA in January 2023. Netflix will entirely fund the two year NFTS Cinematography MA in addition to supporting annual living expenses. 

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 2022 have ranged from £1,000 to £10,000, depending on demonstrated individual need. You cannot apply for or request a specific donor when applying to the fund, however, If you match the criteria for a specific donor, you will be contacted.

Scholarships for Diploma courses

Scholarships are available for full-time NFTS Diploma courses starting in January 2023. 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 

The deadline for 2022-23 applications has now closed. Applications will open in January 2023 for 2023-24, and information will be posted here as soon as we have more details.

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 Citizen students who meet residency requirements. 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.

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

Scholarship Donors

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