Scholarship & Sponsorship Opportunities for Aspiring Researchers in Film Studies

Film Industry Watch is dedicated to deepening the understanding of the film industry’s inner workings. We are excited to offer sponsorship opportunities for individuals passionate about pursuing a Master’s or PhD. Our focus is on nurturing research that investigates nepotism, favoritism, and power structures within the European film industry, including the UK.

Our sponsorship may cover the entirety of your studies or provide a partial contribution, depending on the strength of your proposal. Please be aware that we exclusively support students pursuing their Master’s or PhD at European institutions within the EU. However, applicants from all around the world are encouraged to apply.

Fields of Study: We welcome applicants from various academic disciplines, each offering a unique lens to examine these complex issues:

  • Film and Media Studies: Analyzing the impact of corruption on content, practices, and representation.
  • Sociology: Understanding how corruption shapes social dynamics and culture within the industry.
  • Political Science and Public Policy: Exploring the role of policy in the interplay of legality and corruption.
  • Business and Economics: Assessing the economic implications and market dynamics shaped by industry corruption.
  • Ethics and Philosophy: Providing a moral and ethical critique of industry practices and their societal effects.

    Your research proposal should focus on the European Film Industry (including the UK) and its institutions, including aspects like national film funds, European Union funding, festivals, labs, co-production markets, awards, distribution networks, and exhibition companies, among other relevant entities.

We are especially keen on supporting comparative studies of public film financing in Europe, and the the development of alternative public funding structures designed to be resilient against corruption and nepotism.

We are also keenly interested in research employing big data analysis and AI tools to unravel the dynamics of the film industry over the past two decades.

Eligibility and Application: We’re looking for motivated individuals ready to contribute significant academic work in these fields. To apply:

  1. Ensure you meet our eligibility criteria: Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized academic institution, anywhere in the world, and have achieved high academic standing, ranking within the top 20% of their graduating class.
  2. Prepare a comprehensive research proposal outlining your intended study focus, methodology, and potential impact – at least ten pages long, double spaced, in English.
  3. Please be aware that we exclusively support students pursuing their Master’s or PhD at European institutions within the EU. However, applicants from all around the world are encouraged to apply.

Why Apply? This is your chance to contribute to a critical understanding of the film industry and possibly shape its future. Successful applicants will receive not just financial support but also guidance and access to a network of industry and academic professionals.

Submit your proposal by contacting us.