Leverhulme Scholarships for September 2017 AVAILABLE


The Leverhulme Trust is funding The London Film School to provide a limited number of scholarships to people wishing to apply for the MA Filmmaking and MA Screenwriting course starting in September 2017.

The deadline to apply for a Leverhulme Scholarship is 12pm BST on 10th August 2017.

All applications must be sent via email. Hard copies will not be accepted.

To be eligible for these scholarships applicants must already have been accepted for the MA Filmmaking or MA Screenwriting course.

Please note that the application process is administered by The London Film School (LFS). Please do not contact The Leverhulme Trust.

Guidelines & Policy

The Leverhulme Scholarship Award enables The London Film School to offer MA Filmmaking and MA Screenwriting Scholarships to qualified UK/EU applicants who would not be able to do the course without financial assistance. It addresses the school's key goal of ensuring good access for the current generation of talented graduate students so that they can participate and benefit from the school's special culture and its very full learning programme, as Mike Leigh, Horace Ove, Roger Pratt, Bill Douglas, Duncan Jones and many other UK filmmakers did before them. 

The awards are intended for applicants with a very high quality application who are unable to pay for themselves without the award, and who are able to demonstrate that with the award they will be able to complete the course.

The London Film School aims to encourage greater diversity in the screen industries, and welcomes applications from under-represented groups, such as women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. We have one bursary available for the Autumn/Fall Term for both the Filmmaking and Screenwriting programme respectively.

The school intends to inform applicants of the outcome of their application - the date will be confirmed as soon as possible.


Scholarships cover the entire tuition fee until graduation.  Payment of the student contribution, if any, must be paid at the beginning of each term as outlined in the scholarship offer letter. The scholarship also includes termly maintenance payments (please note that this may not cover a student's entire living expenses for a term and that scholarship applicants will need to be able to demonstrate their ability to support themselves at least partially).

MA Filmmaking fees information here and MA Screenwriting fees information can be found here.

Recipients who withdraw from or fail their course will receive no further funding from The London Film School. Applicants who withdraw may be asked to repay all or part of the monies received.

Scholarship recipients agree to be tracked and inform the London Film School of their film industry activity for a minimum of 12 months after graduating from the School.


UK/EU Scholarships

Scholarship students would have to be able to support themselves in London for the duration of the course and for the optional extended work completion period.

Students must demonstrate a commitment to working in, and contributing to, the UK film industry after completing their studies.

On the first day of the year of enrolment students must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • EU nationals; and
  • have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands throughout the three year period preceding that date. Ordinarily resident means other than wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education; and
  • be ordinarily resident in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland; and
  • be settled in the UK under the terms of the Immigration Act 1971, in other words, ordinarily resident in the UK without being subject to any restriction on the period for which they may stay.

The following categories of students are not eligible for this fund:

  • Students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man
  • Non-EU nationals



Once you have been offered a place on either the MA Filmmaking or MA Screenwriting programme, please email admissions@lfs.org.uk (with the subject line Leverhulme Scholarship Application Form) to receive an application form.

You should complete all relevant sections of the Scholarship Application Form and enclose the relevant supporting documentation. Incomplete applications will not be considered and will be returned to the applicant for completion. Please ensure that the information provided is accurate (where it is judged that an applicant has made a fraudulent claim or withheld pertinent information the School reserves the right to reclaim moneys advanced).

LFS will confirm receipt of any bursary application via email. If you have not received a confirmation from us within 48 hours of the bursary application deadline, please contact us immediately on admissions@lfs.org.uk


You must prove your eligibility for Scholarship Funding by production of the relevant documentation, as outlined in the main application form.