Robert McKee International Screenwriting Scholarship

‘Stories live inside us all. Too often, talented writers from diverse backgrounds remain unnurtured and lost. I’m thrilled to partner with Regent’s University London and give voice to those yet to be heard.’ - Robert McKee

Internal / external funding: External
Type of funding: Scholarship (September intake only)
Nationality: All nationalities
Amount: £7,000 towards fees for one standard programme duration
Level of study: Undergraduate

Details

In accepting a scholarship from Regent’s University London, you will be required to sign up to our Scholars’ Charter. The Regent’s Scholars’ Charter sets out both the academic standards to which you will need to adhere and details the ambassadorial role you will take in order to positively raise the University’s profile.

In addition, you will be offered:

  • A complimentary place on Robert McKee’s legendary Story Seminar
  • Attendance at a dedicated Q&A session
  • A complimentary place at the London Screenwriters’ Festival whenever it’s hosted at Regent's University London
  • A leading role in film, media and performance events at Regent’s

Our partner – Robert McKee

Robert McKee, a Fulbright Scholar, is the most sought-after screenwriting lecturer around the globe. He has dedicated the last 30 years to educating and mentoring screenwriters, novelists, playwrights, poets, documentary makers, producers and directors internationally.

Those who have learned from McKee have called him ‘the Aristotle of our time’ because of his insight into the substance, structure, style and principles of the grand art of story.

Peter Jackson (writer/director of the Lord of The Rings trilogy and The Hobbit) has lauded him as ‘The guru of gurus.’ For the writers of Pixar (creators of Toy Story 1, 2 & 3 and Finding Nemo), McKee’s STORY Seminar is a rite of passage.

A BAFTA winner and nominee for his popular Channel 4 series Reel Secrets, McKee also wrote and hosted 12 episodes of BBC’s Filmworks series. He was profiled by Bob Simon of 60 Minutes for CBS news, and portrayed by Emmy Award winner Brian Cox in the Oscar-nominated film Adaptation. This year, McKee was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the annual Final Draft Awards.

McKee’s former students include over 60 Academy Award winners, 200 Academy Award nominees, 200 Emmy Award winners, 1000 Emmy Award nominees, 100 WGA (Writers Guild of America) Award winners, 250 WGA Award nominees, 50 DGA (Directors Guild of America) Award winners and 100 DGA Award nominees.

Apply

This scholarship is awarded through competition.

To apply, you must be holding an offer from Regent’s University London at the time the competition closes.

Please submit a short drama script, of up to 5 minutes in length and a 1,000 word statement answering the following question: ‘Why would being a Robert McKee International Screenwriting scholar be important to you?’

The deadline for submissions is 17:00GMT  on 30 June 2018. We will not accept late entries.

Please email your short drama script and statement to: scholarships@regents.ac.uk

If shortlisted, you will be invited to interview (face-to-face or Skype) with members of the Film, Media & Performance team at Regent’s. You will be asked to discuss your short drama script and points from your statement, as well as answer other interview questions.

How we judge the competition
You should be familiar with Robert McKee’s work, perhaps from having read one of his books or even attended one of his seminars. We are looking for scholars who not only have the ambition to work as screenwriters, but who have already considered the application of classic story design to their own cinematic or theatrical ideas.

Applicable Programmes

The Robert McKee Scholarship is open to students joining the BA (Hons) Screenwriting & Producing.

Scholarships and bursaries are limited to one award per student. Where a student is eligible to receive more than one award, the highest-value scholarship will apply.