FACULTY AND GRADUATE STUDENTS IN FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES This document lists both fellowships for individual work and grants that require institutional sign-off and therefore must be submitted through the University of Kansas Center for Research (KUCR) or KU Endowment Association. Opportunities are listed for graduate students, as well as faculty, so please share the list with anyone you think may be interested. To navigate, keep the document in layout view, scroll to the table of contents, then click on the page number of the agency or program in which you’re interested. This will take you directly to that entry. If you then wish to learn more, click on the agency’s website address (URL), which you will find near the bottom of the entry. If clicking doesn’t work, copy the URL, paste it into the address line of your web browser, and type return. Many humanities and area studies centers offer only thematic fellowships, programs and deadlines can change, and some agencies had not updated their websites at the time this document was compiled, so do check the agency websites and read application instructions carefully. This list is intended for planning purposes. It is our hope that you will be able to use it to quickly determine which agencies might fund your work, easily find more information about them by visiting their websites, and then develop an external applications timeline that will help you stay on task as you prepare your proposals. Developing grant and fellowship proposals takes focus and time. Because most agencies have deadlines only once each year and take from three to eight months to announce awards, think long-term when planning your external funding strategies. While you may be able to put together a viable fellowship proposal in as little as six weeks, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to develop an institutional proposal (one that requires submission by a 501(c)3 non profit organization) in that timeframe. Because of their complexity and the necessity for approval and sign-off by KUCR, you should begin working on an institutional proposal a minimum of four months and preferably six months prior to the agency’s deadline. Work from the previous year’s grant proposal guidelines until the agency posts new instructions, then tweak as may be necessary. Starting four to six months before the agency's last known deadline will help to ensure that you can complete and finalize all of the proposal components by KUCR's and the Humanities Grant Development Office's (HGDO) internal deadlines and that your proposal will be as competitive as possible. Please keep in mind that the internal deadline to submit all final materials to the HGDO is five (5) working days prior to the agency’s deadline. If requesting review and comment, the deadline to submit final drafts is ten (10) working days prior to the agency's deadline. You can submit individual fellowship and grant applications entirely on your own or though the HGDO. Institutional proposals must be submitted on your behalf by KUCR, which has an internal deadline of five (5) working days for all final application materials. HGDO can serve as your interface with KUCR, if you begin working with us early enough to allow us to provide this service. This list is not exhaustive. If you know of other sources, please let us know. If you find nothing here that might help you, go to http://pivot.cos.com and conduct a search specific to your needs. This service is free to KU graduate students and faculty courtesy of the KU Center for Research and offers the most comprehensive and dependable compilation of funding opportunities available. You can access it from any KU computer or, if KU is your service provider, from your computer at home. Humanities Grant Development Office
Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities Bogliasco Fellowship Program 3
National Gallery of Art Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts Visiting Senior Research Fellowship Program 3
UCLA Film and Television Archive Visiting Researcher Stipend 4
Creative Work (Production, Screenwriting, Festivals, etc.) 4
A Blade of Grass (ABOG) 4
ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art 4
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 4
Film Festival Grants 4
Educational Grants Program 4
The Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting 5
The Student Academy Awards 5
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation 5
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation 5
Creative Capital Foundation Grants for Individual Artists. 5
Djerassi Resident Artists Program 6
Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology 6
FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) 6
Foundation for Jewish Culture, Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film 6
From the Heart Productions 7
Fulbright Scholar Program 7
Independent Television Service (ITVS) 7
Diversity Development Fund (DDF) 7
Linking Independents and Co-Producing Stations (LINCS) 7
Open Call 7
Commissioned R&D/Production Funding 7
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation 8
MacDowell Colony, Inc. 8
Millay Colony for the Arts, Inc. 8
National Endowment for the Humanities 8
Media Projects Grant 8
NEH Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics 9
POV (Point of View), American Documentary, Inc. 9
Sundance Institute 9
The Surdna Foundation 10
Artists Engaging in Social Change 10
Tribeca Film Institute 10
The Documentary Fund 10
Sloan Filmmaker Fund 10
All Access Fund 10
New Media Fund 11
Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund 11
University Film and Video Association Carole Fielding Student Grants 11
Yaddo Artists Residency 11
Other Resources 11
How to Finance your Independent Film 11
Independent Film Financing (IFF) 11
International Documentary Association (IDA) 11
Scholarly Research and Writing
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Film Scholars Program
This program is designed to stimulate and support the creation of innovative and significant works of film scholarship about aesthetic, cultural, educational, historical, theoretical or scientific aspects of theatrical motion pictures. Works solely exploring television, video or other media arts are not eligible. Proposed projects may be books, multimedia presentations, curatorial projects, DVD-ROMs or Internet sites. Applicants must be established scholars, writers, historians or researchers with a significant record of achievement. Projects cannot be film, television or video productions. Amount: $25,000.
This Fulbright program sends US faculty from all disciplines abroad for various periods, usually three to nine months, to lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.
George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation
The foundation offers $30,000 fellowships on a six-year rotation of fields in the Liberal and Fine Arts. The focus is on Creative Writing (Fiction), Creative Writing (Poetry), and Philosophy for the Fall 2014 competition (fellowship 2015-16). It will rotate to to field of Film Studies in the Fall 2015 competition (fellowship 2016-17; Creative Non-Fiction, Literary Translation into English, Film Studies, Literary Studies). The fellowship is targeted at early mid-career individuals.Applicants should have completed their formal studies within the past five to fifteen years and have successfully completed at least one major project beyond degree requirements sufficient for the awarding of tenure at a research institution.Assistant and full professors are not normally eligible for a Howard Fellowship. Applicants must be professionally based in the US by affiliation or residence.
Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities Bogliasco Fellowship Program
The Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities provides residential fellowships for qualified persons working on advanced creative or scholarly projects in the arts and humanities. Fellowships are awarded to qualified persons doing advanced creative work or scholarly research in the following disciplines: archaeology, architecture, classics, dance, film or video, history, landscape architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theater, and visual arts. The Study Center welcomes persons doing both creative and scholarly work (such as art history, musicology, film criticism, and so on).
Deadline: January 15 for the next fall semester and April 15 for the next spring semester
National Gallery of Art Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts Visiting Senior Research Fellowship Program
Visiting senior fellowships are intended for those who have held the PhD for five years or more or who possess an equivalent record of professional accomplishment at the time of application. Scholars are expected to reside in Washington conducting full-time research and to participate in Center activities throughout the fellowship period. Applications are considered in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, prints and drawings, film, photography, decorative arts, industrial design, and other arts) of any geographical area and of any period. Stipends for two-month fellowships range from $6,000 to $8,000, depending on relocation requirements.
Deadline: September 21 and March 21
UCLA Film and Television Archive Visiting Researcher Stipend
The purpose of this $3,000 stipend is to support and encourage the work of scholars who require short-term access to the moving image collections held by the UCLA Film and Television Archive, specifically to offset expenses associated with their research visit there. The stipend is transferred after the research visit is concluded.
Creative Work (Production, Screenwriting, Festivals, etc.)
A Blade of Grass (ABOG)
ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art
ABOG provides resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. ABOG evaluates the quality of work in this evolving field by fostering an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of socially engaged art that resonates within and outside the contemporary art dialogue. ABOG funds the following: socially engaged projects in which art is a catalyst for social change; projects that feature artists in leadership roles; dialogue-based projects that emphasize sustainable partnerships with communities; projects in which artists engage community members as equal partners; projects in which co-creation with non-artists is part of the process. ABOG values process over product: relationship building and problem solving are key goals. ABOG provides funding with minimal restriction, and budget line items may include things like living expenses that are not direct project expenses.
Festivals based in the U.S. that have held at least five festivals by December 31 of the year prior to applying are eligible. Grant requests must target one or more concrete elements within the festival. No grants will be awarded for general support. Festivals with a cash budget of less than $100,000 can apply for up to 10 percent of their cash budget or $2,500, whichever is larger. Festivals with cash budgets from $100,000 to less than $200,000 can apply for up to $10,000. Festivals with cash budgets from $200,000 to $600,000 can apply for up to $20,000. Festivals with cash budgets greater than $600,000 can apply for up to $30,000.
These grants are awarded only to nonprofit film organizations, film programs within universities, and other nonprofits. Eligible programs include: workshops and conferences, library and archival projects, screening programs, seminar programs, teacher training programs, and visiting artist programs. This agency has eligibility restrictions, for example, awards cannot be used for administrative, equipment, or overhead expenses. Check the website for eligibility details.
This is an international competition open to screenwriters who have not earned more than $25,000 (total earnings) writing for film or television. Entry scripts must be the original work of a sole author or of no more than two collaborative authors. Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded annually.
Deadline: March 2, April 10, May 1 (last known deadline)
The Student Academy Awards
This competition supports filmmakers with no previous professional experience who are enrolled in accredited colleges and universities as full-time students. Professionals should not play any major role in the production of student films. Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Awards (which include cash grants of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000, respectively) may be given in recognition of outstanding achievements in student filmmaking in animation, documentary, narrative, and alternative.
Deadline: April 1 - June 1 (last known deadline)
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation
The College Television Awards competition rewards excellence in college student film/video productions by honoring student producers. The producer should be mainly and ultimately responsible for the whole and final product, faculty may act in an advisory capacity only. Entries are accepted in animation, children's, comedy, comedy series, commercial, documentary, drama, drama series, magazine, music, and newscast. Winners receive monetary awards, gift packs, and/or certificates.
This program aims to convey to reach a wide non-specialist audience some of the challenges and rewards of the scientific and technological enterprise and of the lives of those engaged in it through the use of books, radio, public television, commercial television, films, theater, and the Internet. The Film program seeks to influence the next generation of filmmakers to tackle science and technology themes and characters, to increase visibility for feature films that depict this subject matter, and to produce new scripts about science, technology, scientists, engineers, and mathematicians. This program works primarily through initiatives with film schools, film festivals, and independent and Hollywood film producers. A brief letter of inquiry is the first step for an applicant. The Foundation's activities do not normally extend to religion, the creative or performing arts, elementary or secondary education, medical research or health care, the humanities, or to activities outside the US.
Creative Capital Foundation Grants for Individual Artists.
Successful applicants will have at least five years of experience and propose works innovative in form and/or content in the performing and visual arts, film and video, and in emerging fields. Funding is offered in film/video arts, performing arts (includes theater), and emerging art fields (includes all forms of digital work and innovative literature). Projects that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries are highly encouraged. Creative Capital operates on a two-year grant cycle, funding alternative disciplines each year. For the 2016 cycle (deadline: 2015), it will support performing, emerging arts and innovative literature;
Deadline: March 1 (anticipated) for film/video and visual arts
Djerassi Resident Artists Program
Residencies are awarded competitively, at no cost, to national and international artists in the disciplines of choreography, literature, music composition, visual arts, and media arts/new genres. This program seeks applications from emerging and mid-career artists, for whom appointments as resident artists may make a significant difference to their careers, as well as from established artists with national and/or international reputations. Panels of arts professionals evaluate applications in each category. Those selected are offered living and studio space for 30-day sessions during the season, which runs from mid-March through mid-November. There is a $45 application fee.
Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology
NOTE: Submissions to the Foundation have been temporarily suspended until funds become available. Please check the website for more information.
This Foundation supports projects that meet at least one of the Foundation's aims: to promote contemporary artistic practices that use digital technologies to express aesthetic and critical forms of discourse; to encourage interdisciplinary research; and to sustain the development of projects calling for co-operation between people from a variety of fields, such as artists, scientists, and technologists.
Deadlines: Not been announced as of 06/12/2015, check website for updates.
FACE (French American Cultural Exchange)
FACE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting contemporary creative work in the context of French-American cultural and educational exchange. FACE administers a variety of programs and projects in education, film and theater.
Deadline: Tournées Festival: June 1 (last known)
Foundation for Jewish Culture, Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film
Formerly known as the “National Foundation for Jewish Culture,” this fund is designed to support the completion of original documentaries that explore the Jewish experience in all its complexity. Grants range from $15,000 to $35,000 and are awarded for post-production support. Open only to US citizens and permanent residents who have their film in postproduction at the time of application. Applications must be submitted through a nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status, which could be the University of Kansas Center for Research or the KU Endowment Association. Individuals applying through this institution must have creative, editorial, and budgetary control of the proposed project and own the copyright of the completed film.
Deadline: July 22 (Last Known. Check website later this year for updates)
The Frameline Film & Video Completion Fund provides grants to emerging and established lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) filmmakers. Grants range from $1,500 to $5,000 and will be given only to projects about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and their communities. Student projects are eligible as long as the student maintains artistic and financial control of the project. Grants are given only for completion; therefore, projects must have 90% of production finished and be in the post-production phase or ready to begin post as soon as funding is in place. Submissions are accepted for documentary, educational, narrative, animated or experimental projects.
The Roy W. Dean Film & Video Grants are in the form of goods and services. Student filmmakers, independent producers, or independent production companies producing documentaries, shorts, and low-budget independent socially aware projects for television, film, or video are eligible. There is an application fee of $38 ($28 for students).
Deadlines: Spring: April 30; Summer: June 30; Fall: September 30
Fulbright Scholar Program
This Fulbright program sends US faculty from all disciplines abroad for various periods, usually three to nine months, to lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.
Independent Television Service (ITVS)
The ITVS funds, distributes, and promotes new programs primarily for public television. The agency is committed to programming that addresses the needs of underserved and underrepresented audiences.
Diversity Development Fund (DDF)
This Fund provides up to $15,000 in research and development funding to producers of color. Funded activities may include travel, research, script development, preliminary production for fundraising/work-in-progress reels or other early phase activities. Projects must be in the research or development phase, and cannot have begun production. Students are not eligible. Minority producers must be independent producers and legal residents of the USA or its external territories seeking to develop projects for public television. Applicants should own the copyright of their production and have artistic, budgetary and editorial control of their project. They must not be regularly employed by a public or commercial broadcast entity or film studio and must have some previous film or television production experience in a principal role (director, co-director, producer, co-producer).
Deadline: November 6
Linking Independents and Co-Producing Stations (LINCS)
This programprovides matching funds (up to $100,000) to partnerships between public television stations and independent producers. To apply for LINCS funds, independents must first approach a public television station and establish a partnership. Single shows in any genre will be considered. Projects may be in any stage of development.
Deadline: Open (Currently Suspended, check website for updates.)
Open Call provides finishing funds for single non-fiction or animation public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Single programs of standard broadcast length (56:40 or 26:40) and works-in-progress (for non-fiction submissions) are eligible. In rare cases (when a filmmaker’s skills, subject, and story structure warrant it), the ITVS will consider programs at feature lengths. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video and should be completed within one year of contract.
Deadline: August 7
Commissioned R&D/Production Funding
The ITVS accepts proposals on an ongoing basis for production funding for projects that do not fit within the parameters of its standing initiatives (Open Call, LINCS, and DDF), including limited series. The agency also accepts proposals on an ongoing basis for projects in all genres in need of research and development funding. Examples might include activities, travel, research, script development or development of a fundraising reel.
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
This foundation offers fellowships to assist artistic creation and further the development of advanced professional artists by helping them to engage in creation in the arts in all fields, except the performing arts. The foundation understands advanced professionals to be those who as artists, playwrights, filmmakers, photographers, composers, or the like, have a significant record of exhibition or performance of their work.
Residency Fellowships. MacDowell encourages artists from all backgrounds to apply. Disciplines include Architecture, Film/Video Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts, Literature, Music Composition, Theatre, and Visual Arts. Both artists with professional standing in their fields and emerging artists are eligible for residencies. The maximum residence at the Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, is two months, and the average is four weeks. Artists in residence receive room, board, and the exclusive use of a studio. The agency also offers grants to artists in financial need, so that they may take advantage of a residency. Fellowships are available for summer, fall, and winter periods. A processing fee of $30 is required.
Deadlines: September 15 (for Winter), January 15 (for Summer), April 15 (for Fall)
Millay Colony for the Arts, Inc.
Millay Colony offers one-month residencies to six visual artists; writers, including screenwriters; and composers each month between the months of April and November. There is no stipend; rooms, studios, and meals are provided. To accommodate artists not able to attend a month-long residency, offering two, two-week sessions, held in the month of September only. There is a $30 application fee.
Deadline: October 1
National Endowment for the Humanities
Media Projects Grant
The NEH Public Programs division offers both development and production Media Project grants. At the center of every NEH-funded public humanities project is a core set of humanities ideas developed by scholars, matched to imaginative formats that bring those ideas to life for people of all ages and all walks of life. Projects must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship in a discipline such as history, religion, anthropology, jurisprudence, or art history. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad, general audience. We welcome humanities projects tailored to particular groups, such as families, youth (including K-12 students), teachers, seniors, at-risk communities, and veterans, but they should also strive to cultivate a more inclusive audience. NEH encourages projects that engage public audiences through multiple formats in the exploration of humanities ideas. Proposed projects might include complementary components to a film, television, or radio project. These components should deepen the audience’s understanding of the subject: for example, websites, mobile applications, museum exhibitions, book/film discussion programs, or podcasts. Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production. Grants should result in a script and should also yield a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement in collaboration with a partner organization or organizations. of films, television programs, radio programs, and related programs that promise to engage the public. Production Grants the production and distribution of films, television programs, radio programs, and related programs that promise to engage the public.
URLs: Development Grants: http://www.neh.gov/grants/public/media-projects-development-grants
Production Grants: http://www.neh.gov/grants/public/media-projects-production-grants
This program supports films that examine international themes and subjects in the humanities. The films are meant to spark Americans’ engagement with the broader world by exploring countries and cultures outside of the United States. The Division of Public Programs encourages innovative nonfiction storytelling that presents multiple points of view in creative formats. At the center of every NEH-funded film is a core set of humanities ideas developed by scholars, matched to imaginative formats that bring the humanities alive for people of all ages and all walks of life. The proposed film must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship. It may be as short as thirty minutes or as long as a feature-length film. Awards are for one to three years and for up to $75,000 (for development) and up to $650,000 (for production). Please note this is an Institutional Grant opportunity and must be submitted to KUCR 5 business days in advance of the deadline by 8:30am.
Deadline: June 10 (last known)
POV (Point of View), American Documentary, Inc.
POV supports emerging filmmakers through its Diverse Voices Project, a co-production fund supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. $100,000 in co-production funding per project is offered to foster emerging and diverse documentary directors and producers with production support and mentoring. Awards are made for “exemplary storytelling, well crafted aesthetics, compelling characters and real-life drama shaped by the unique perspective of a filmmaker with something to say to a large audience.” The stated goal is to bring fresh voices to PBS, diversify the stories being featured on the national PBS schedule, and support a talent pool that has not had access to public television resources.
Deadline: Open (The website says to sign up for the POV newsletter at http://www.pbs.org/pov/about/newsletter.php for information on upcoming deadlines.)
The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program is dedicated to supporting nonfiction contemporary-issue filmmakers. This fund supports US and international documentary films and videos focused on contemporary and significant issues and movements in contemporary human rights, freedom of expression, social justice, and civil liberties. Projects are considered in: Development (up to $20,000), Production/Post-Production (up to $50,000), and Audience Engagement (up to $20,000, but only for previously funded projects).
URL: http://www.sundance.org/programs/documentary-fund/ also see FAQs at
Deadline: Development & Production/Post-Production: Early February and July
Audience Engagement: Open
The Surdna Foundation
Artists Engaging in Social Change
The Surdna Foundation is now accepting proposals for one- or two-year support to extraordinary artist-driven projects as part of its Artists Engaging in Social Change funding area. All artistic disciplines will be considered, including cross-disciplinary work. The request for proposal (RFP) is open to both 501(c)(3) organizations and individual artists and culture bearers, but artists and collectives that are not incorporated as 501(c)(3)s must apply under a fiscal sponsor. Through this RFP, Surdna will support compelling projects that artists develop in response to their communities' specific challenges, and will also fund the projects of artists whose long-term, deeply-rooted work has increased social engagement without necessarily being explicitly defined as "activist." Proposals will be accepted between September 15 and November 12, 2014. Surdna staff, with support from outside experts, will present recommendations to the Surdna board and final decisions will be made in early April, 2015. The Foundation believes this process will allow us to make considered investments in artistic practices that focus on engaging and reflecting communities. Application guidelines are provided below and frequently asked questions, including grant amounts and definitions of key terms, are available here.
documentaries that aim to take audiences into someone else’s world. With this fund, TFI looks for films that specifically sit outside of the social-issue landscape by painting a dynamic portrait of compelling individuals and uplifting stories. By playfully engaging in these unexplored perspectives, TFI seeks to spotlight the journey of the individual. For additional information about the TFI Documentary Fund, visit Rules and Regulations and FAQs, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.274.8080 x28
This program offers grants and professional guidance in support of innovative and compelling narrative features that offer a fresh take on scientific, mathematic, and technological themes. It funds films at any stage of production. Grants range from $10,000 to $75,000.
This program supports working filmmakers from communities that are statistically underrepresented in the film industry by providing grants, year-round resources, and access to industry contacts. It funds films at any stage of production. In addition to a grant of $15,000, grantees work closely with TFI and develop professional relationships throughout the film industry via networking that includes: one-on-one industry meetings, panels, workshops and other events during the Tribeca Film Festival. Year-round, Tribeca All Access also provides customized support in order to advance projects through completion and participants are eligible for an additional $10,000 Creative Promise award.
This program provides funding and support to non-fiction, social issue media projects which go beyond traditional screens -- integrating film with content across media platforms, from video games and mobile apps to social networks and interactive websites. It funds projects in advanced development or beyond. Grants range from $50,000 to $100,000
This program provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries that are in production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition in late 2012 or 2013 and highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. Funded films are driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach. Grants range from $10,000 to $25,000.
University Film and Video Association Carole Fielding Student Grants
This fund supports work by undergraduate and graduate students in film and video. Each year, more than $4,000 is competitively awarded for production proposals in five categories. Up to $1,000 is awarded for research projects. Applicants must be students (undergraduate/graduate) at the time the application is made. A faculty member who is an active member of the University Film & Video Association or on the staff at a UFVA member institution must sponsor the applicant.
Deadline: December 15 (Last Known)
Yaddo Artists Residency
Yaddo offers residencies to professional creative artists working in one or more of the following media: choreography, film, literature, musical composition, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. Artists may apply individually or as members of collaborative teams of two or three persons. Residencies last from two weeks to two months and include room, board, and studio.