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Breakthrough Scholarship for TV Screenwriters

This new screenwriting scholarship will enable a talented writer of colour with limited financial means to join our Writing an Original TV Drama Serial course.

We are excited to announce a brand new scholarship enabling one writer to join our Writing An Original TV Drama Serial course (13 September 2021 to 31 January 2022). This course features some teaching in London and some sessions on Zoom.

One talented writer of colour with limited financial means will receive a fully paid place on this course, led by celebrated screenwriter Colin Teevan, with tutorials given by script editor Clare Alan and five masterclasses with leading TV professionals. 

Travel Stipend

The scholarship winner will be given a travel stipend (up to the value of £250) to contribute to the cost of traveling to attend classes in central London.

Final Draft

The scholar will also receive a digital download of the latest version of the premier screenwriting software Final Draft (worth £181), courtesy of course guest speaker Sally Woodward Gentle. Sally is a Bafta award-wining executive producer and CEO of Sid Gentle Films, known for her work on critically acclaimed shows such as Killing Eve, Any Human Heart and Whitechapel.

Course details

This scholarship is part of our Breakthrough Writers’ Programme, a major outreach programme which offers opportunities to under-represented writers. We are keen to promote diversity in our student groups and to enable talented writers to join our courses who we might not otherwise have heard from.

You don’t need a degree or any experience of the TV industry to apply for this scholarship: If you a have good idea, the desire to write television drama and to learn – and if you’re a writer of colour without the financial means to attend a Curtis Brown Creative course, this scholarship opportunity is for you.

Eligibility


This scholarship is open to writers of colour over the age of 18, who fulfil our low-income eligibility criteria.

Applicants must have one of the following categories of ethnicity: East Asian (Chinese; Japanese); South Asian (Indian; Pakistani; Bangladeshi); Southeast Asian (Vietnamese; Korean; Filipino); any other Asian background; Black African; Black Caribbean; Black Other; Mixed – White and Asian; Mixed – White and Black Caribbean; Mixed – White and Black African; any other mixed background from more than one group; or any other background by which you identify as a person of colour.

Applicants must fulfil our financial criteria:

  • Unmarried and not co-habiting with a partner, with an annual (gross, pre-tax) income of less than £25,000 and personal savings of less than £5,000.
  • Married or co-habiting with a partner, with a total annual (gross pre-tax) household income of less than £35,000 and personal savings (jointly or individually) of less than £5,000.

If you don’t quite fit our financial criteria but are nonetheless financially challenged, then do apply, explaining your circumstances in the form.

Our form asks you to make a statement about your ethnicity, your financial income and the reason you deserve this fully funded opportunity.

Applications & Selection

Curtis Brown Creative offers places on our courses on the basis of proven writing ability. We ask applicants to send us the opening of your pilot script as well as a synopsis, and to fill out our application form.  Please note that those with the financial means to attend our courses should not apply to the scholarship. 

The Breakthrough Scholarship for TV Screenwriters will be awarded to the applicant whose submission material shows the greatest potential and promise in our view. The decision will be made by the Curtis Brown Creative team.

Head to the blog for tips and advice on preparing your application material. 

Terms and conditions

  • Applicants to the Breakthrough Scholarship for TV Screenwriters must fulfil our eligibility criteria. Our form asks you to make a statement about your ethnicity, your financial income and the reason you deserve this fully funded opportunity.
  • With respect to the earnings thresholds set out in our eligibility section: for salaried applicants, your current salary at date of application must be under the threshold. For self-employed applicants, your gross pre-tax profits (average figure for the last two financial years) must be under the threshold. State benefits such as jobseeker’s allowance should be counted as income.
  • Applicants may be asked to provide proof of their financial circumstances in support of their scholarship applications.
  • Because the scholarship is open only to those who do not have the means to attend the applicable course without financial assistance, applicants should bear in mind that their application will be considered only for the scholarship place on the relevant course and not for other fee-paying places on the course.

Applications now closed

Please apply with the opening of your pilot script (up to fifteen pages – maximum 2,200 words) in industry standard format, 300 words synopsising your entire pilot episode and 300 words synopsising the rest of your serial. All of these materials need to be in the same document, as you can only upload ONE PDF file. The CBC team will select applicants based on the quality of the writing sample provided. The deadline for applications is midnight, end of day Sunday 29 August, and we will respond to applicants by Thursday 2 September.

Head to the blog for tips and advice on preparing your application material.