Scholarships, Fellowships, Academic Internships, and Grants: Film Studies

This guide is designed to assist members of the Eckerd College Community in identifying scholarships, grants, academic internships, and fellowship opportunities.

Scholarships and Fellowships



Abbey Awards and Fellowships(Rome) Nine- and three-month residencies for emerging painters.


Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Scholars ProgramTo stimulate and support new and significant works of film scholarship on cultural, educational, historical, theoretical or scientific aspects of film.


Albright Institute of Archaeological Research(Jerusalem) 32 fellowships in Near Eastern studies from prehistory through the early Islamic period, including the fields of archaeology, anthropology, art history, Bible, epigraphy, historical geography, history, language, literature, philology and religion and related disciplines.


American Academy in Berlin  (Berlin) Fellowshipsand distinguished visitorawards in history, economics, poetry, art history, journalism, law, anthropology, musicology, public policy, and writing, among others, but notmathematics or the hard sciences.


American Academy in Rome(Rome) Six- to 11-month residencies to 30 emerging artists and scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers in architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation, landscape architecture, literature, musical composition, visual arts, ancient studies, medieval studies, Renaissance and early modern studies, modern Italian studies.  


American Antiquarian Society Fellowships(Worcester, MA) One- to 12-month fellowships for research in American history, art and culture through 1876. 


American Association of University Women American Fellowships  Fellowships supporting women finishing research for publication.


American Center of Oriental Research Fellowships(Aman, Jordan) Fellowships in all areas of the humanities and the natural and social sciences which contribute to scholarship in Near Eastern studies.


American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships for humanities and social sciences, and interdisciplinary work, but notfor pedagogy, translation, or most travel.


American Historical Association (Washington, D.C.) One to twelve month fellowships in American history, 17th& 18thcentury European history, and history of aerospace.


American Institute of Indian Studies(India) Research fellowships up to nine months in anthropology, ethnomusicology, history, performing arts, political science, religious studies, and urban planning of India.


American Philological Association(Munich) One fellowship in residence with the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae Institute on Latin language and culture from the classical period through the early Middle Ages. Requires reading knowledge of German and advanced competence in Greek.


American Philosophical SocietyFranklin Research GrantsSmall grants to young scholars intended to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge.


American-Scandinavian Foundation(Scandinavian countries) Support for one year of research or study relevant to Scandinavian countries in all fields. Command of host country language expected.


Amy Clampitt Residency Program(Sheffield, MA)  Six- to 12-month residency for one poet.


Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling ScholarshipOne year of travel abroad for American-born poets.


Andrew Mellon Foundation

  1. Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships Academic year fellowships for tenure-track faculty in humanities and social sciences.

2.    Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars (Stanford or Can Marino, CA, Chicago, Cambridge or Worcester, MA, Research Triangle Park, NC, Princeton, Washington, D.C., Rome or Florence, Italy) Academic year fellowships in humanities and social sciences at participating national research centers.


Arizona State University Institute for Humanities Research

(Tempe, AZ) Visiting Fellows pursue interdisciplinary research and writing in critical exploration of an annual theme - 2013-14 theme is Home.


Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Fellows(New York, Washington, D.C.) One-year residency to direct an original project on Asia in international politics and the global economy.


Asian Cultural CouncilGrants tailored to the needs and objectives of scholars in traditional and contemporary arts, archaeology, architecture, art history, arts administration, arts criticism, conservation, crafts, dance, design (not commercial), film, installation, literature, museology, music, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, theater, and video.


Association for Asian StudiesSome small grants administered in China, inner Asian, Japan and Korean studies, plus a comprehensive catalogue of other funding sources.


Aurora Foundation Japanese Language ScholarshipsScholarship and travel expenses to Japan to enhance the capabilities of those teaching Japanese.


Banff International Literary Translation Centre Awards(Banff, Alberta, Canada) Support for professional, published, literary translators in any language to have three weeks of uninterrupted work on a current project among an international community of colleagues.


Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University(New Haven) One-month visiting fellowships to pursue research in the collection.


Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts(Omaha, NE) Three-month residency provides 36 artists with uninterrupted, self-directed work time, live/work studio with private bath and 24-hour access to wood shop, installation spaces and a large sculpture fabrication facility, with $750/month stipend.


Black Metropolis Research Consortium(Chicago) Short-term fellowships to provide access to archives and collections for artists and scholars in African American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics.  


Blakemore Foundation Language Grants(East or Southeast Asia)

1.    Blakemore Freeman Fellowships provide one year of advanced language study in Burmese, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Khmer, Thai, or Vietnamese.

2.    Blakemore Refresher Grants provide mid-career professors teaching in an Asian field to refresh their language skills with a full-time language program for a summer or semester in Burmese, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Khmer, Thai, or Vietnamese. 


Brown University John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and CultureThree-month fellowships to encourage thoughtful reflection and writing on public humanities and cultural heritage, to present their work at the JNBC, and to produce an essay, case study, instructional materials, or other documents for publication. 


Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art(Washington, D.C.) Seniorand visitingfellows programs support research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts.


Center for Chinese Studies Research Grant for Foreign Scholars(Taiwan)Three-month to one-year fellowships to  pursue Chinese studies.  Subsidies include travel, research expenses, research materials service, liaison with universities and research institutions, and use of CCS facilities


Chiang Ching Kuo Foundation  (Taiwan) Support for scholars from the American region for research,sabbatical funding, matching funds for conferences, and subsidies for publicationson Chinese Studies in the humanities and social sciences.  Preference to collaborative projects with counterparts in Taiwan.


Cintas Foundation Fellowship in Visual Arts$10,000 fellowship for visual artists living outside of Cuba who are Cuban citizens or the child or grandchild of a Cuban citizen.  Visual Arts may include painting, sculpture, installation art, photography, film, and the media arts. Media arts encompasses narrative, non-narrative, documentary, animation, or experimental time-based works using audio, digital, film and/or video media; also included is computer art in which the computer is an essential element of the work's creation, presentation or understanding.


Clark Fellowships(Massachusetts) Up to $60,000 for one- to ten-month residencies at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute for study related to the visual arts, especially efforts to deepen, transform, or challenge methods currently practiced within art history and the role of images in other humanities disciplines. 


Council for International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright Scholars)800 awards for research worldwide.


Davidson Family Fellowship at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art(Fort Worth, TX) Four-month fellowship in American art history within the museum's collections.


Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, D.C.) One to nine month fellowships for studies related to the library’s collection.


Fromm Music Foundation  Commissioned composition.


Georgia O'Keefe Museum Research Center Fellowship(Santa Fe) Three- to twelve-month residency in art history, architecture, literature, music, and photography in American Modernism.


Getty Trust (Los Angeles) Three, six, or nine month interdisciplinary residency as a guest scholar in historical conservation, with an emphasis on the visual arts (including sites, buildings, objects) and the theoretical underpinnings of the field.


Guggenheim Memorial Foundation  Six to twelve month fellowships for mid-career faculty across the arts and sciences, though not for artists who interpret other people’s work (yes for composers or choreographers, no for performers or directors of compositions or choreography).


Howard Foundation $30k support for early mid-career scholars in rotating fields: 2012-13 in photography, anthropology, and archaeology; 2013-14 in painting, sculpture, the history of art and architecture; 2013-14 in playwriting, music, theatre studies, musicology and history


Huntington Library Fellowships(San Marino, CA) More than 100 fellowships for resident research in British and American history, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine.


Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) One term to multi-year visiting member fellowships in history of arts and sciences (combining humanistic disciplines, from socioeconomic developments, political theory, and modern international relations, to the history of art, science, philosophy, music, and literature), math, and natural and social sciences.  


International Residence at Couvent des Recollets(Paris) Three month residency for a Paris-specific project open to writers and artists in visual or performing arts.


Italian Academy at Columbia University Resident Fellowships(New York) One- and two-semester resident fellowships to pursue studies in cultural memory in global society, including scientific and technological connections and the neuroscience of cultural memory. 


Kluge Center at the Library of Congress(Washington, D.C.) Resident distinguished chairs and fellowships for up to one year for research in all areas of the arts and sciences.  Topic-specific funds include astrobiologypolitical economyforeign policy and international relationshealth and spiritualityAmerican studiesethics and American history, and folklife studies


Lady Davis Fellowship Trust Visiting Professorship(Israel) Visiting professorship in any field of study at Hebrew University. Applicants must be full or associate professors AND be sponsored by a member of Hebrew University faculty.


Leo Baeck Institute  New research on German-Jewish culture and history.


Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities Bogliasco Fellowships(Genoa, Italy) One-month fellowships in archaeology, architecture, classics, dance, film/video, history, landscape architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theater, and visual arts. The Center also occasionally awards named fellowships in music, visual arts, dance, literature, and music.


National Air and Space Museum Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History(Washington, D.C.) is a twelve-month fellowship for to scholars with distinguished records of publication who are working on, or anticipate working on, books in aerospace history.


National Humanities Center  (Research Triangle Park, NC) Year-long resident fellowships for study in the humanities.


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study(Cambridge, MA) One year residential fellowships for research in the humanities and social sciencescreative arts, and natural sciences and mathematics.  Opportunities for group applications and cluster studies.


Rockefeller Foundation Residencies(Bellagio, Italy) Month-long residencies for 12 scholars from all academic disciplines to explore topics relevant to improving life for the poor worldwide OR one to three month residencies and fellowships for fine and literary artists whose work is inspired by global or social issues. 


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Scholars in Residence Program(New York) Six-month residency for research and writing on the peoples of the African Diaspora, which may include social and hard sciences if the work contributes to the humanities.


School of American Research(Santa Fe, NM) Nine month residenciesfor scholars who have completed their research and analysis in the social sciences, humanities, and Native arts and who need time to reflect, debate, and write.  Of these,oneis specifically geared to scholars of Native American heritage.  There is also a two month summer residencyfor three scholars in the social sciences, humanities, or arts.


Smithsonian American Art Museum(Washington, D.C.) One year named residential senior fellowships in American art, visual crafts and decorative arts, American realism, or international contexts for American art.


Stanford Humanities Center(Stanford, CA) One academic year residential fellowship as external faculty in the humanities but not the creative arts.  (A single, separate fellowship in creative artsfor practitioners, critics, and scholars.)


Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah Humanities Visiting Research Fellowships(Salt Lake City) Research in the humanities, particularly Middle East Studies and women writers.


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Fellowships(Washington, D.C.) Three- to nine-month fellowships to support significant research and writing about the Holocaust.


Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Residential Fellowships(Charlottesville, VA) One- and two-semester residencies in any area of the humanities.


  • Student must come from a diverse ethnic background, and/or identify with the LBGTQ community
  • Student does not need to be a film major or enrolled in any sort of film school curriculum. The goal of this scholarship is to promote scholars from all disciplines and majors, in order to bring new perspectives and a more rich, varied palette of knowledge, experience, and wisdom to the film industry.
  • Candidate may be of any age.
  • Candidate must have been accepted into a 4-year college or university.



Film Scholarship, Criticism and Teaching


Association Française de Recherche sur l'histoire du Cinéma

French film historians and scholars association. Publishes the journal 1895 on film research, film history, methods and tools.

British Universities Film & Video Council

BUFVC promotes the production, study and use of moving image, sound and related media in higher education and research.

Society for Cinema & Media Studies

Devoted to the scholarly study of film, television, video and new media. Formerly the Society for Cinema Studies.

Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film (FIAF) (International Federation of Film Archives)

Association of film archives, dedicated to rescuing film both as cultural heritage and historical documents.

Promotion, Preservation and Awards



A California organization devoted to advancing animation. It is a branch of the ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film D'Animation).

American Film Institute

Advancing and preserving the art of the moving image. Includes the AFI Conservatory, the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, and the AFI's National Center for Film and Video Preservation.

Broadcast Film Critics Association

The Broadcast Film Critics Association is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing 169 television, radio and online critics. Includes the Critics' Choice Awards, reviews of new releases, and more.

Centre national de la cinématographie (CNC)

CNC is a French regulatory, promotional and preservational organization for film.

International Documentary Association

Promoting nonfiction film and video, supporting documentary filmmakers, and sponsor of an annual documentary film festival.

Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries International (FOCAL International)

International professional trade association representing film/audiovisual libraries, professional film researchers, producers and others working in the industry.

National Film Preservation Board (Library of Congress)

Includes the National Film Preservation Foundation, Moving Image Archives, National Film Registry, and information on preservation research.

U.S. National Film Registry

In 1988, the (United States) Library of Congress established the National Film Preservation Board, to preserve film deemed "culturally, historically, or esthetically important". Each year, the board selects 25 films to add to the National Film Registry. Herein is the complete list of those films so honoured to date.


Film Making and Film Industry


American Screenwriters Association (ASA)

Organization dedicated to the promotion of and encouragement of screenwriting as an art form.

Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA)

National association representing independent producers of diverse size and scope working in film, television, and multimedia.

Independent Film & Television Alliance

Formerly known as the American Film Marketing Association (AFMA), IFTA is the trade association for independent motion picture and television production and distribution companies.

Sundance Institute

Founded by Robert Redford and dedicated to the development of artists of independent vision and the exhibition of their new work. Sponsor of the Sundance Film Festival.