The Leverhulme Trust Arts Scholarships at the London Film School

The Leverhulme Trust has awarded London Film School (LFS) a grant for The Leverhulme Arts Scholarships. These awards will be available for the LFS MA Filmmaking and MA Screenwriting degrees, starting in September 2019.

The Leverhulme Arts Scholarships are designed for talented UK/EU/EEA MA Filmmaking or MA Screenwriting applicants whose applications have been deemed to have exceeded expectations in at least two of the selection criteria and who would otherwise not be able to study with us without financial assistance. It addresses the School's key goal of ensuring access and widening participation for the current generation of talented students so that they can participate and benefit from the School's culture and its full learning programme, like Michael Mann, Mike Leigh, Roger Pratt, Duncan Jones and many other filmmakers did before them. 

LFS aims to encourage greater diversity in the screen industries and welcomes applications from applicants who understand and are likely to contribute to our philosophy and ethos and will benefit from joining LFS. These will include those from under-represented groups, those looking for second opportunities, those already in work, and those looking to develop themselves later in life.

We have one MA Filmmaking and one MA Screenwriting scholarship available for students due to start their studies in September 2019.

Who Can Apply?

  • Received an unconditional offer for either the LFS MA Filmmaking or MA Screenwriting programme starting in 2019;
  • UK national, EU national or settled status without any restrictions on the period for which you may stay; and
  • Lived in the UK for 3 years before starting your course or been living in the EU/EEA or the past 3 years;
  • Ability to demonstrate need;
  • Evidence of the ability to pay any additional fees, if any (e.g. the MA Filmmaking continuation fee);
  • Evidence that you'll be able to support yourself (and any dependents, if applicable) for the duration of the course.

When Can I Apply?

The deadline to apply for a Leverhulme Arts Scholarship has now passed.

Please note that the application process is administered by London Film School. Please do not contact The Leverhulme Trust. If you have any questions, please contact us on student.finance@lfs.org.uk.

How is The Leverhulme Scholarship Awarded?

These scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the following:

  • The quality of your application to study at LFS
  • Financial or other need (must be evidenced)
  • A commitment to contributing to student life at LFS and the UK screen industries after course completion.

Therefore, Leverhulme Scholarship recipients agree to keep the London Film School updated on their film industry activity for a minimum of 24 months after graduating from the School.

How Do I Apply?

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

  1. Click here to download the application form.
  2. Complete all relevant sections of the application and enclose any relevant supporting documentation. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered and it is your responsibility to ensure that we have received all the relevant information by the deadline. We will not be asking for additional documentation as part of the decision-making process.
  3. Please ensure the information you provide is accurate and up-to-date. 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.
  4. Email the application form together with the supporting documentation to student.finance@lfs.org.uk with the subject line ‘Leverhulme Arts Scholarship Application’.
  5. We will confirm receipt of the application within 48 hours of the deadline. Please contact us immediately if you have not received confirmation of receipt within that timeframe.

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

  • Students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man
  • International applicants

What Happens After I Apply?

Please note that only complete applications will be considered and that we will not chase applicants for missing documentation. It is your responsibility to ensure you submit a complete application.

We intend to inform applicants of the outcome of their application by mid-August 2019.

Level of Scholarships

The Leverhulme Arts Scholarships cover the following of the two programmes:

MA Filmmaking

DESCRIPTION Term 1 Term 4 Terms 2, 3, 5 & 6
Termly Tuition Fees, Terms 1-6 £ 9,555.00 £ 9,555.00  £ 9,555.00
LFS Company Membership £ 2.00 £ 2.00 £ 2.00
Student Union Membership £ 20.00 £ 20.00 £ 20.00
Film Society Membership £ 15.00 £ 15.00 £ 15.00
Annual Administration and Registration Fee £300.00 £ 300.00   
Total Termly Cost, 2-year programme
UK/EU/EEA students
£ 9,892.00 £ 9,892.00 £ 9,592.00
TOTAL £ 58,152.00

Students on the MA Filmmaking programme may be able to extend their studies beyond Term 6 by up to 2 terms. Students whose request to extend their studies is approved are liable to pay continuation fees outlined on our website. Continuation fees are not covered by the scholarships. Termly maintenance payments (see below) due also not continue once students have completed Term 6.

MA Screenwriting

DESCRIPTION Term 1 Term 2 Terms 3
Termly Tuition Fees, Terms 1-6 £ 4,600.00 £4,600.00  £ 4,600.00
LFS Company Membership £ 2.00 £ 2.00 £ 2.00
Student Union Membership £ 20.00 £ 20.00 £ 20.00
Film Society Membership £ 15.00 £ 15.00 £ 15.00
Annual Administration and Registration Fee £300.00    
Total Termly Cost, 2-year programme
UK/EU/EEA students
£ 4,937.00 £ 4,637.00 £ 4,637.00
TOTAL £ 14,211.00

The Leverhulme Scholarship includes termly maintenance payments of £2,000 per scholarship recipient, per term. 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.

Recipients who withdraw from or fail their course will receive no further funding from LFS or The Leverhulme Trust. Students who withdraw from their studies are not entitled to the equivalent monetary value of the scholarship and may be asked to repay all or part of the monies received.

About The Leverhulme Trust

The Leverhulme Trust was established in 1925 under the Will of the First Viscount Leverhulme with the instruction that its resources should be used to support “scholarships for the purposes of research and education.” Since that time, the Trust has provided funding for research projects, fellowships, studentships, bursaries and prizes; it operates across all the academic disciplines, the ambition being to support talented individuals as they realise their personal vision in research and professional training. With annual funding of some £60 million, the Trust is amongst the largest all-subject providers of research funding in the UK.