Bill Nichols Scholarship

Scholarship awarded for the Fall semester

  • Awarding Department: School of Cinema
  • Scholarship Intent: To provide financial assistance to graduate students interested in documentary film production and studies.
  • Criteria:
    1) Students may self-select or be nominated by faculty.
    2) Graduating seniors may apply but may only receive an award if enrolled full-time in courses in the MA or MFA programs in Cinema. At the time of application, graduating seniors must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Major: Single: Cinema
  • Class Level: Undergrad: Graduating Senior; Grad: Masters, MFA
  • Enrollment Status: Entering and Continuing
  • Enrollment Requirement: Undergrad: N/A; Grad: 8 UNITS
  • Financial Need as determined by the FAFSA and/or CA Dream App: Not a Requirement
  • Citizenship: Any
  • GPA: HS GPA: N/A; Undergrad GPA: N/A; Grad GPA: 3.0
  • Contact Person: School of Cinema
  • Campus Address: FA 245
  • Street Address: 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, California 94132
  • Phone Number: (415) 338-1629
  • Email:
  • Web page:
  • Number of Awards: varies

Supplemental Questions
  1. Submit 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. Please include a Vimeo link with a sample clip of the project or, if not available, then a sample of a previous documentary which you directed
  3. Will you be enrolled full-time (8 units graduate) during the Fall 2023?
  4. Please upload unofficial transcript