Whether you’re an experienced creator or just getting started, the right fellowship or residency can take you to the next level through access resources like workspace, mentorship, connection to other inspiring fellows, and last but not least, ca$h money. With summer winding to an end, it’s time to start applying!

We’ve compiled a list of over 30 fellowships and residencies for you to peruse. These fellowships, residencies and scholarships are ordered by category: documentary; women/underrepresented identities; screenwriting; general fellowships/residencies; and photography. Did we miss an amazing fellowship? Email us at contact@kitsplit.com and we’ll add it to the list!

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Good Pitch
Deadline: September 5th

“Good Pitch brings together documentary filmmakers with foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policy makers, brands and media around leading social and environmental issues – to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society.”

The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film
Deadline: October 30

“Mirroring the mission of our foundation and themes covered in our still photography grants, we invite documentary film makers around the globe to share their human interest stories and submit their “Short-Short” documentary film projects highlighting human unrest, forgotten communities, over-exploited people and environments impacted by war, poverty, famine, disease, exploitation and global distress.”

The Fledgling Fund for Documentary Film Outreach and Engagement
Deadline: Rolling

Fledgling has an open rolling application process for grants to support outreach and engagement for social issue documentary film projects that have the potential to inspire positive social change around issues that affect the most vulnerable.”

The Ford Foundation: JustFilms
Deadline: Rolling

We support artist-driven film and new media storytelling projects that explore aspects of inequality, as well as the organizations and networks that support these projects.”

Firelight Media Documentary Lab – The Next Step Fund
Deadline: TBD

“The NSF will provide up to $25,000 in production and post-production funding to five to seven filmmakers who are already in the Producers’ Lab to complete innovative documentary films that tell stories about people, places, and issues that are underrepresented in the mainstream. Funded activities may include travel, shooting, editing, and other mid to completion phase activities.”

Sundance Documentary Film Fund
Deadline: Rolling

“The Sundance Documentary Film Program supports non-fiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries on contemporary themes. Established in 2002 with founding support from Open Society Foundations, the Program is a vibrant global resource for independent non-fiction storytelling. Recent projects include The Square, The Queen of Versailles, Rich Hill, The Invisible War and The Genius of Marian.”

Open Meadows Foundation
Deadline: Spring Cycle – January 1st

“Open Meadows is specifically looking to direct its resources towards changing the world. We are looking for projects focused on activism, political change, and empowerment directed by, and benefiting women and girls. Examples include projects focused on: Standing Rock, boycotts, marches, creation of new activist organizations, labor rights, community organizing, voting rights, environmental activism, economic rights, and other forms of political action encouraging participation by women and girls for women and girls.”

The WIF Scholarship Program
Deadline: Rolling

“The WIF Scholarship Program offers women of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to launch careers in film, television, communications, and new media, by awarding scholarships to female students at major film schools in the Los Angeles area and other parts of the country. The scholarship program strengthens Women In Film’s mission to ensure that female voices are heard and to provide a dynamic, vital link to the bold voices of the future.”

Women at Sundance
Deadline: Rolling

“Women at Sundance offers a robust year-long fellowship that includes mentorship, professional coaching made possible by The Harnisch Foundation in partnership with Renee Freedman & Co, travel grants to the Sundance Film Festival to participate in curated activities, entree into branded and episodic content, and bespoke year-round support. Women at Sundance Fellows are a diverse group of six emerging and mid-career narrative and documentary directors and producers, and have included women from Ava Duvernay, Marielle Heller, Jennifer Phang and Gabrielle Nadig to Lyric Cabral, Cristina Ibarra and Jessica Devaney.”

Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers:
Deadline: September 20, 2017 

“The Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers offers approximately $10,000 worth of gear and accessories loaned on a rolling basis to any narrative short, music video, or feature film project to be shot by a female cinematographer. Recipients of the grant receive a loaned camera package for up to 21 production days”

Women at Sundance Fellowship:
Deadline: TBD 

“In our digital age, society is increasingly shaped by stories told with moving images. Diversity in media is critically important to the health of our culture because it is through media that we understand ourselves and each other. The stories that frame our lives must be inclusive of the full range of storytelling voices. As a proven artist pipeline, the American independent film sector is one place where opportunities exist to create change. Sundance Institute, whose mission is to discover, develop, and champion independent storytellers, is thus in a strategic position to make significant impact.”

Women, Peace, and Security Fellowship
Deadline: October 3, 2017

“The Women, Peace, and Security Fellowship supports narrative and documentary filmmakers developing projects that elevate women’s efforts to end conflict and advance peace. The Fellowship is funded by the Compton Foundation, as part of their support of programs that bring attention to an inclusive, gendered perspective on foreign policy, national security, peace-building, and conflict resolution.”

New American Producers Fellowship
Deadline: October 12, 2017

“Through the New American Producers Fellowship, created in partnership with the Flora Family Foundation, SFFILM will award six-month fellowships to narrative or documentary producers who have recently immigrated to the United States.”

Screencraft Film Fund
Deadline: November 1st

“We are accepting applications from around the world (in English). Whether you have a simple screenplay or a film that’s already in production, we want to consider it for our grant program. We consider a range of projects, from standalone screenplays, to fully packaged projects seeking finishing funds.”

Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship
Deadline: January 2, 2018

“Our global Writing Program is one of the best in the biz. Consider the facts: alum have gone on to create their own Nickelodeon shows and write for all sorts of TV series and films. While in the Program, writers meet our series creators, work in writers’ rooms, and receive hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live action and animated television. Basically, they write a lot and do cool things, all while being provided a salary!”

NBCUniversal Writers on the Verge
Deadline: April 7

“Writers on the Verge is a 12-week program focused on polishing writers and readying them for a staff writer position on a television series. We are looking for writers who are “almost there” but need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. We particularly encourage writers of diverse backgrounds to apply.”

The Djerassi Residency Award / SFFILM Screenwriting Fellowship
Deadline: Rolling

“The Djerassi Residency Award / SFFILM Screenwriting Fellowship will provide a one-month residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program for an emerging or established screenwriter.”

Deadline: Rolling

“The FilmHouse Residency program–which supports narrative and documentary feature films by making office space available free of charge for residencies to independent filmmakers actively engaged in various stages of film production–is located at a beautifully renovated location at 644 Broadway Street on the border of San Francisco’s Chinatown and Italian North Beach districts.”

The McBaine Fiscal Sponsorship Program
Deadline: Rolling

“The McBaine Fiscal Sponsorship program supports nonfiction filmmakers step-by-step through the process of getting their films funded, made, and seen.”

The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship
Deadline: September 29, 2017

“Awarded annually, The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship was created in 2010 to honor the memory of gifted editor Karen Schmeer. It is a year-long experience that encourages and champions the talent of an emerging documentary editor. It creates opportunities to help cultivate an editor’s artistry and craft, and expand his or her professional and creative community.”

Diverse Voices in Docs
Deadline: November 18, 2017

“At the core of the fellowship are six engaging three-hour workshops at the Community Film Workshop, with creative advice provided by Kartemquin Films’ world-class staff and associates. Each session will provide practical skill-enrichment designed to help incubate your next documentary project, as well as time to network and share experience with your cohort of participants.”

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Artists Fellowships
Deadline: January 24, 2018

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships, awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three-year period, are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use. These fellowships are not project grants but are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development.”

UnionDocs Collaborative Stuidio (CoLAB)
Deadline: March 2018

“The UnionDocs Collaborative Studio (CoLAB) is a 10 month program for a select group of media artists from the US and abroad. Based in one of NYC’s most exciting neighborhoods, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, CoLAB offers a platform for exploring contemporary approaches to the documentary arts and a process for developing an innovative collaborative project. The program consists of weekly production meetings, seminars, screenings and other public programs, along with regular masterclasses and critiques with visiting artists.”

HBO Access Directing Fellowship
Deadline: March 2018

“The HBOAccess® Directing Fellowship invites budding filmmakers to demonstrate their talent, skills and—most importantly—growth potential. Only a few exceptionally talented fellows are selected every 2 years to direct outstanding short films.”

The Celine Cousteau Film Fellowship
Deadline: February 2018

“Each summer, we select a team of “fellows”, who consist of talented post-graduate, graduate and undergraduate students, looking to add a practical application to their formal education. Each fellow is paired with one of our award winning mentors for the term of the fellowship to create a documentary film focused on a single issue, cause or story facing our world today.”

Film Society of Lincoln Center – Filmmaker in Residence Program 
Deadline: TBD

“The Filmmaker in Residence program is an annual initiative created by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Jaeger-LeCoultre designed to further support filmmakers at an earlier stage in the creative process. Each year, one emerging or established artist will be provided with the opportunity to focus on developing or refining new work.”

Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Arts Summer Residency
Deadline: Summer 2018 

“Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Arts Center invites visiting and regional artists and researchers to apply for a residency program exploring the moving image, time-based media, and emergent technologies. The Workspace Residency is a project-based residency for artists and researchers working in media art offered by Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Art Center in Buffalo, NY. Available for applicants from Buffalo and across the U.S., the residency connects artists and researchers with resources, time, and studio space to encourage the creation of new work and make progress on ongoing projects.”


Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship
Deadline: October 6, 2017

“The Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship, a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and storytelling in one, two, or three countries on a globally significant theme. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society.”

CatchLight Fellowship
Deadline: January 2018 

“Each Fellow will receive a $30,000 grant and be paired with a CatchLight media partner—The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting or The Marshall Project—to complete a proposed project that builds upon past work, demonstrates measurable social awareness and expands understanding of how visual art can be used to communicate vital social issues.” 

En Foco Photography Fellowship
Deadline: March 2018

“The 2nd Annual En Foco Photography Fellowship is designed to support photographers of color who demonstrate the highest quality of work as determined by a photography panel of peers and industry professionals. The Photography Fellowship Program will award 10 fellowships of $1,000 each, organize a 2017 Fellowship Group Exhibition, feature the fellows on our Nueva Luz publication, and provide professional development and networking opportunities.”

Magnum Foundation – The Photography and Human Rights Fellowship
Deadline: TBD

“The Photography and Human Rights Fellowship provides a transformative opportunity for emerging photographers to tell stories within their communities. Over a six-week period in New York City, fellows create a photographic essay focusing on an issue local to the city. Exploring traditional and multimedia presentations, Fellows look critically at photography’s strengths and weaknesses, both real and imagined, in attempting to determine new strategies for impact.”

Impact Partners Documentary Producers Fellowship:
Deadline: TBD

“With our Documentary Producers Fellowship, Impact Partners aims to celebrate the independent documentary producer and foster emerging producing talent through a yearlong program of workshops with some of the most prominent luminaries in the field of documentary film. For our inaugural group of fellows in 2015, we selected 6 talented emerging producers. Due to the fact that we had a wealth of strong candidates in our first call for nominations, this year we are expanding the program to include 10 fellows.”

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