Scholarships

School of Cinema Scholarships & Awards

The School of Cinema is pleased to offer a number of internal scholarship opportunities. For full application requirements and to apply please go to the Academic Works website. All scholarships will be disbursed in the Fall semester.

Cinema Department Scholarship

The department is honoring the last semester of full time lecturer Jason Jakaitis, awarded to a student working in online, experimental or interactive cinema.

1. A personal statement (typed, double-spaced, not to exceed two paragraphs) describing your project.

2. Unofficial transcript

3. Work sample from a project and/or a completed script (submitted via a Vimeo or Youtube link)

To receive this scholarship, you must be a senior or graduate student enrolled full-time with at least 12 units undergraduate or 9 units graduate in Fall 2019.

The Jameson Goldner Filmmaker Scholarship

Jameson “Jim” Goldner helped found our Cinema program after joining SFSU in 1963. He was a revered teacher of directing as well as other cinema production and studies subjects, including courses on the Hollywood blacklist, the Holocaust and screenwriting. He was also a respected mentor and inspiration to many successful graduates of the cinema program. In honour of Jim Goldner, this scholarship is intended to help a junior-level or senior-level undergraduate student complete a project. To apply, submit:

1. A personal statement (typed, double-spaced, not to exceed two paragraphs) how your studies of cinema have influenced your filmmaking style and/or goals.

2. Unofficial transcript

3. Work sample from a project, upto a maximum of 10 minutes (submitted via a Vimeo or Youtube link)

To receive this scholarship, you must be a junior or senior undergraduate student and enrolled full-time in Fall 2019 (12 units minimum).

The Robin Eickman Craft Scholarship

Robin Eickman is an SFSU alumni, director of the San Francisco Film and Video Commission (1989-1998), and a friend of the SFSU School of Cinema. The Eickman Scholarship supports outstanding seniors and graduate students pursuing careers as professional filmmakers, as well as individuals who may be underrepresented in the film industry. This scholarship is presented to a  student whose creative work shows great potential in one of the following areas:

(1) cinematography/lighting;

(2) sound recording/mixing;

(3) special visual effects;

(4) art direction/set design; or another category to be designated by the applicant. 

To apply, submit:

1. A personal statement (typed, double-spaced, not to exceed two paragraphs) describing how your studies of cinema have influenced your filmmaking style and/or goals.

2. Unofficial transcript

3. Showreel (submitted via a Vimeo or YouTube link) demonstrating talent in one of the following: cinematography/lighting; sound recording/mixing; special visual effects; art direction/set design; or another category to be designated by the applicant.

To receive this scholarship, you must be a junior or senior undergraduate student enrolled in Fall 2019 with at least six units.

 

The Bill Nichols Documentary Scholarship

Bill Nichols is perhaps best known for his pioneering work as founder of the contemporary study of documentary film. He is currently Professor Emeritus in the School of Cinema, having worked in the department since 1987. In honor of his outstanding contribution to the University and field of documentary, this scholarship provides financial assistance to graduate students interested in documentary film production and studies. To apply, submit:

1. A personal statement(typed, double-spaced, not to exceed two paragraphs) describing your documentary film project OR an abstract of your critical work on a topic related to documentary film project.

2. Unofficial transcript

3. Project proposal or work sample, describing your documentary film project OR an abstract of your critical work on a topic related to documentary film project.

To receive this scholarship, you must be a senior or graduate student enrolled full-time with at least 12 units undergraduate or 9 units graduate in Fall 2019.

The Gordon Thomas Animation Scholarship

The Gordon “Don” Thomas (1967 - 2003) Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a San Francisco State University junior, senior or graduate student, currently attending SFSU and majoring in Cinema or minoring in Animation. Gordon “Don” Thomas, animator and filmmaker, earned the first Master of Fine Arts in Cinema with an Animation emphasis at San Francisco State University in June 2001. He designed his own program concentrating in 2D and 3D computer animation and stop motion and was also an instructor at SFSU teaching beginning and advanced animation classes. With this scholarship, Don’s family and friends seek to honor this memory and promote his values: creativity, diligence, inspiration to others and celebration of human diversity. To apply, please submit:

1. A personal statement (typed, double-spaced, not to exceed three pages) addressing the following points: Description of your financial need. Your creativity and diligence to the subject matter of your animation. How you inspire others around you in cinema/animation. Your commitment to your approach and how your work speaks to diversity.

2. Animation sample (submitted via a Vimeo or Youtube link) the represents your most accomplished work.

3. Unofficial transcript.

4. Proposal for an animation project that this scholarship will help fund. May include an animatic, storyboard, script, development artwork, animated sketches or sample of your most completed work.

To receive this scholarship, you must be a junior, senior or graduate animation student enrolled full-time with at least 12 units undergraduate or 9 units graduate in Fall 2019.

The Jennifer Hammett Awards

Associate Professor of Cinema Jennifer Hammett died in August 2017 after battling severe illness for many years. Professor Hammett was a scholar of American and international film theory, history, and analysis. Her devotion to excellent teaching was legendary among students and colleagues across the University. In memory of Professor Hammett, this scholarship aids promising graduate students in the School of Cinema who have demonstrated teaching excellence as a GA or GTA. The Director of the School of Cinema, along with the MA and MFA coordinators will select one application to receive $1000 each year. If you are interested in being considered for this award, please find a faculty member to nominate you and inform the Scholarship committee before 14th May 2019.

The Barbara Hammer Awards

The SFSU Queer Cinema Project supports creators of LGBTQ+ film through the annual Barbara Hammer Awards. Interested SFSU undergraduate and graduate students should apply by May 10, 2019. A faculty panel will select two applicants, each of whom will receive a $1000 award towards completion of an LGBTQ-themed film. All genres of film at any stage of production will be considered. Here is the link to the application form: https://forms.gle/XPcr4W7xMMxnu8w1A

Princess Grace Award

Prince Rainier III of Monaco established the Princess Grace Foundation to honor his late wife, American actress Grace Kelly. Film scholarships are awarded annually to help support students’ thesis film projects at the undergraduate and graduate level. The School of Cinema at SFSU has a strong track record of successful applicants, working with one Graduate and Undergraduate student each year to prepare a submission. If you are interested in being considered for this award, please ask a faculty member to support your application and inform the Scholarship committee before 14th May 2019. (More information is available here: https://www.pgfusa.org/grants-program/grant-applications/guidelines/film)

 

The Kodak/UFVF Awards

Kodak and the University Film and Video Foundation sponsor a highly competitive, worldwide scholarship program that supports undergraduate or graduate students who demonstrate superior and professional filmmaking production skills and creativity, along with academic success. Two award opportunities are available: the Kodak Student Scholarship and the Kodak Student Cinematography Scholarship. The School of Cinema will nominate up to two students for each of these scholarships. If you are interested in having your film nominated for one of these awards, please email cinegrad@sfsu.edu with a link to your work and a letter of support from letter of support from one of your cinematography instructors by May 10th. To receive this award, you must be enrolled as a cinema major or graduate student. (More information is available here: https://filmfreeway.com/UFVFKodakGrants)

HFCS Film Studies Awards

The Houston Film Critic Society (HFCS) Film Studies Student Tuition Scholarship of up to $500 will be awarded to a full-time graduate or undergraduate student studying film, television or video at a college or university in the United States (or its territories) for 2019. The HFCS-Houston Scholarship Committee will make the final selection of the scholarship recipient. The Scholarship will be paid directly to the Recipient's college. Announcement of the Recipient will take place during an HFCS event as determined by the HFCS Membership. Recipient is expected to be present. If you are interested in being considered for this award, please ask a faculty member to support your application and inform the Scholarship committee before 14th May 2019.

OTHER AWARDS & OPPORTUNITIES

SFSU Office of Academic Honors and Fellowships

Assistance for current SFSU students and recent alumni in applying to national competitive scholarships. Visit the website of the Fellowships office for more information.

California Pre-Doctoral Program

A pre-doctoral program designed to support economically disadvantaged undergraduate and graduate students in the CSU and to enrich the pool of potential faculty in California. Special emphasis on support for CSU students entering UC doctoral programs. View the Pre-Doctoral program website for more information.

External Organizations