Screen Writing Fellowships

 The Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

The Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting program is an international competition open to screenwriters who have not earned more than $5,000 writing for film or television. It is sponsored by The Academy of Motion Picture arts and Sciences.  Entry scripts must be the original work of a sole author or of exactly two collaborative authors. Entries must have been written originally in English. Adaptations and translated scripts are not eligible. Up to five $30,000 fellowships are awarded each year.


  • An entrant’s total earnings for motion picture and television writing may not exceed US$5,000 before the end of the competition. This limit applies to compensation for motion picture and television writing services as well as for the sale of (or sale of an option to) screenplays, teleplays, stage plays, books, treatments, stories, premises and any other source material.
  • Entrants may not have received screenwriting fellowships or prizes totaling more than US$5,000 that include a “first look” clause, an option or any other quid pro quo involving the writer’s work.
  • Entrant must be 18 years or older at the time of entry to participate.
  • Members and employees of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and their immediate families are not eligible, nor are competition judges and their immediate families.



Nickolodean Writing Fellowship Program

The Fellowship provides a salaried position for up to one year (full-time) and offers hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live action and animation television.

Qualifications:  You have to be 18 years or older to be considered You must possess and present evidence of identity and United States employment eligibility (valid for the duration of the Fellowship Program)



Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab

The Screenwriters Lab is a five-day writer’s workshop that gives independent screenwriters the opportunity to work intensively on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking. Through one-on-one story sessions with Creative Advisors, Fellows engage in an artistically rigorous process that offers them indispensable lessons in craft, as well as the means to do the deep exploration needed to fully realize their material.


Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop

The Workshop teaches every aspect of spec script writing and features exposure to Warner Bros. TV’s top television writers and executives, all with the goal of staffing graduates on a Warner Bros. TV show.  There are two workshops:  Comedy Television and Drama Television. You must be available to meet on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank once a week for a period of approximately 3 months.

***Note: $30 application fee

Qualifications:  You cannot have been staffed on a primetime cable or network show.



Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope

Francis Ford Coppola’s aim is to seek out and encourage compelling film narratives. Screenplay submissions must be the original work of the applicant and may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fictional or non-fictional material, published or unpublished, produced or unproduced for which the writer does not own rights.  Entries may be adapted from the applicant’s original work, works in the public domain, and from works to which the author owns all film rights—this should be noted in the entry form. If the script is based on a true story, historical or contemporary, that should be noted in the entry form.


No entrant may have earned money or other consideration as a screenwriter for theatrical films or television, or for the sale of, or sale of an option to, any original story, treatment, screenplay, or teleplay for more than $5,000.

Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter the contest. Misrepresentation of age, upon discovery by American Zoetrope, will disqualify the applicable entrant.

**Note: Entry fee of US$35


2 comments on “Screen Writing Fellowships

  1. nualaknows says:

    Thanks so much for this!

    • Natasha says:

      Hope it was helpful.. I just started researching for individual grant money. I only want to post things that people will find most helpful and updated for fellow artists. 🙂

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