Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

Fellowships List | Internships List


Deadline: 05/01/2012
Second Deadline: --/--/----
Fellowship type: Other
Location: N/A
Fellowship website: Link to Program Website
School specific?: Not school-specific

Program Overview (from the program website):


Screenwriters who have not earned more than $5,000 writing fictional work for film or television.

Entry scripts must be the original work of one writer, or of two writers who collaborated equally, and must be written originally in English. Adaptations and translated scripts are not eligible.
Entry Deadline

The online application form must be completed and a PDF version of the script uploaded by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on May 1. Because of the anticipated surge in submissions, we cannot guarantee access to the online application form during the last six hours before the entry deadline.

Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded each year to promising new screenwriters. From the program’s inception in 1986 through 2011, over $3.2 million have been awarded to 133 writers.
Fellowship Obligations

The approximately ten finalists in the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition will be invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars in November.

Fellowship recipients will be expected during the fellowship year to complete at least one original feature film screenplay.

Fellowship payments will be made quarterly subject to satisfactory progress of the recipient’s work, as judged by the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowships Committee.

The Academy reserves the right to grant no awards if, in the opinion of the Nicholl Fellowships Committee, no entry is of sufficient merit.
Entry Requirements

Original feature film screenplay approximately 90–120 pages in length (there is no page limit) in PDF format only
Completed online application form
Early bird entry fee of US$35 (by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on March 15) or regular deadline entry fee of US$52 (by 11:59 p.m. PT on May 1)

Register and Apply

Writers may create an online account at the Nicholl website at any time. When the competition opens each year, they should use that account to enter, following the links to the Log In page. The Nicholl website allows entrants to fill out the required online application form, submit a PDF version of their script and pay the entry fee with a credit or debit card. It also allows entrants to confirm receipt of their entry and to update their contact information at any time during the competition.

Only online applications will be accepted. PDF or Microsoft Word versions of the application form are no longer available.
Script Submissions

An entrant may submit a maximum of three scripts in the current competition.

Writers must create an account at the Nicholl website to enter the competition. Printed scripts are no longer accepted. Scripts must be uploaded and all other requirements met no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on May 1, 2012.

The entry fee must be paid online via credit card or debit card.
The Competition

Since 1991, more than 3,500 writers have entered the Nicholl Fellowships each year. A record 6,730 entries were received in 2011. All scripts are read at least twice in the competition. About 15 percent are read a third time. About 5 percent of entries advance to the competition quarterfinals, about 2 percent advance to the semifinals and about 10 entries reach the finals.

The first and quarterfinal rounds are judged by industry professionals who are not members of the Academy. The semifinal round is judged by Academy members drawn from across the spectrum of the motion picture industry. The finalist scripts are judged by the Nicholl Committee.

All entrants will receive notification of their status by e-mail sent no later than August 1 of each year. Quarterfinalist letters are e-mailed by August 1; fellowship recipients are announced in October.

Nations' Service pages that link to this page:

Add a New Comment
or Sign in as Wikidot user
(will not be published)
- +
Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License