Bill Nichols Scholarship

Scholarship awarded for the Fall semester

  • Awarding Department: School of Cinema
  • Scholarship Intent: 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 the field of documentary, this scholarship provides financial assistance to graduate students interested in documentary film production and studies.
  • Criteria:
    1: Graduating Seniors may apply but may only received an award if enrolled full-time in courses in the M.A. or M.F.A. programs in Cinema. At the time of application, Graduating Seniors must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
    2: Students working on thesis – Graduate students receiving a scholarship the semester they are working on thesis are not held to the enrollment requirement.
  • Major: Single: Cinema
  • Class Level: Undergrad: Graduating Senior; Grad: Masters, MFA
  • Enrollment Status: Continuing & entering students can apply
  • 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: Cinema Main Office
  • Campus Address: FA 245
  • Street Address: 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, California 94132
  • Phone Number: (415) 338-1629
  • Email:
  • Web page: School of Cinema
  • 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 (not to exceed 300 words, plus at least 3 bibliographical sources)
  2. Please include a Vimeo or YouTube link with a sample clip of the project or, if not available, then a sample of a previous documentary which you directed
  3. Please upload unofficial transcript
  4. Will you be enrolled full-time (8 units graduate) during the Fall 2024?