Currently set to Index
Currently set to Follow



The AFI Conservatory offers a limited number of scholarships each year to both domestic and international incoming Fellows. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and merit. Amounts range from $5,000 up to full tuition. Several scholarships are available for Fellows from underrepresented communities, specific nationalities and Conservatory disciplines.

The AFI Conservatory is a need-blind institution. Scholarship or financial need is not taken into consideration during the admissions process and would never be used in hindrance to an applicant’s admissions decision. Scholarships awarded to first-year Fellows are renewable in the second year provided the recipient maintains satisfactory academic progress and good standing at the Conservatory. Scholarship selection is determined by the AFI Conservatory Scholarship Committee with advisement from scholarship donors on a case-by-case basis.

Both domestic and international applicants may apply. Applicants must submit the AFI Conservatory scholarship application by February 1, 2024. Notification of scholarship awards will be sent out after an admissions decision has been rendered.   AFI Scholarship consideration is open to domestic and international applicants. Late applications will not be considered.

Some of the scholarships available include the following. Please do not contact donors directly or address your scholarship application to a specific donor or award. If you have any questions, contact

  • The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Scholarship, awarded to an incoming Fellow with an undergraduate science degree or relevant work experience, and an interest in making science-related films. More information on the Sloan Film Program and its various offerings at the AFI Conservatory can be found here.
  • The Paul and Monica Bancroft Family Foundation Scholarship, supporting women of color studying at the AFI Conservatory.
  • The Jane Stewart Endowed Scholarship, providing tuition relief to female Fellows studying in the Production Design discipline.
  • The Tom Yoda Scholarship Award, given to five Fellows each year — a first year Fellow from Japan, and four non-Japanese Fellows in their first or second year of study.
  • Daniel and Dorothea Petrie Endowed Scholarship, awarded to a Directing Fellow from an underserved community in film and television.
  • Women In Film/Tichi-Wilkerson Kassel Endowed Scholarship, providing tuition relief to one female Fellow in any discipline.
  • The Auerbach-Stuart Family Endowed Scholarship, given to one international Fellow each year.

Scholarship Resources

Below are lists of private scholarship resources for domestic and international candidates. Please reach out to the individual organizations/foundations for application materials and specific questions.

Please note that AFI is not responsible for any information provided by the scholarship websites in the lists below.


Educational Loans

There are several U.S.-based educational loans available to international students. These loans generally require that you have the support of a cosigner who is a legal resident of the United States with good credit. AFI does not partner with or endorse any of these lenders.