The Screen Skills Ireland Bursary Award Scheme is for industry professionals working in the Irish film, television, animation and digital media sectors with a minimum of three year’s full time experience relevant to the job area of the applicant.
For screen writing bursaries, applicants with one year’s experience will be considered if they have obtained development funding from:
Fís Eireann / Screen Ireland, the MEDIA Programme, or a national broadcaster for a feature length film script or a television series.
This award scheme is for a training programme or a work programme/placement relevant to the applicant’s area of work only. In cases where an applicant is planning a career transition within the industry, the application must clearly demonstrate the applicant’s commitment to the planned career change.
Due to limited resources, the application process is competitive. Benefit to the Irish Film, Television Digital Media or Animation sector must accrue from the applicants’ participation on the programme.
Applicants may apply for a bursary pending acceptance on a programme but will only be able to draw down the bursary on presentation of proof of acceptance and required receipts.
Qualifying Training Opportunities: Awards are for training opportunities only. Individuals will not be supported to return to full-time education, including short term or part-time academic programmes or courses, for example, Masters, Degrees or Diplomas.
Bursaries will not be awarded for one day seminars, conferences, or attendance at Film Festivals/Markets. Awards are for international training opportunities only, with the exception of a work placement which may form part of a Screen Skills Ireland training programme.
An external panel of industry representatives will make the final decision in consultation with Screen Skills Ireland on all applications according to the scheme criteria and conditions.
This will include an assessment of the following:
- Benefit of training to the industry. Relevance of training to applicant’s professional development and immediate up- skilling requirements
- Linkage of programme to applicant’s long-term goals, including relevant cross-skilling needs
- Commitment and motivation of applicant to continuous development in screen industries
All applicants must submit the following supporting documentation with their individual application:
- A current CV with your relevant career history in the industry. (Please note it is essential to your application that your CV is up to date.)
- Full details of the proposed training including the structure of the programme, work programme or mentorship for which you are requesting funding
- Evidence of acceptance on the training or work programme (applications will be considered pending acceptance onto programme)
- Two written and signed references from relevant industry professionals, including full contact details of each
- Proof of applications to any other funding sources, including responses received.
Where the application is for a work programme or placement, the applicant must provide a proposal which includes the following:
- Detailed objectives of work programme/placement
- A proposed schedule for work programme/placement
- Biographies of the host tutor, mentor and profile of company if applicable
- A detailed budget breakdown for the programme/placement
- Expected achievements and outcomes from the programme/placement
- Letter of commitment from placement provider.
- Deadline for Bursary Applications is the final Friday of each month.
- Retrospective applications will not be accepted.
- Only one bursary will be awarded per person in a 12 month period.
- Any effort to influence a panel member will immediately disqualify.
- Awards will be made to a maximum of €5,000. In exceptional circumstances the upper limit may be reviewed at the discretion of the Bursary panel.
- Applicants must provide details of all applications to other potential funding sources and outcomes. Failure to do so may result in the withdrawal of support.
- Receipts for expenses incurred must be provided in order to draw down a bursary. Only receipts relating to expenses for course fees, travel and accommodation are eligible. See payments for further details.
- All successful applicants must provide a detailed written report on completion of training.
- Incomplete applications will not be considered and will be returned to the applicant. Incorrect information may lead to delays in processing of applications.
- Screen Skills Ireland reserves the right to suspend or cancel the award where, in its view, a successful applicant is not meeting the required commitment for the training/work programme. Where necessary, award recipients will be required to provide information on their progress.
- Screen Skills Ireland reserves the right to revise the amount awarded where it is satisfied that incorrect information has been provided.
- Applicants must submit a final detailed report 12 weeks after the finish date of programme for final drawdown.
Deadlines & Details
Applications must be submitted a minimum of four weeks prior to commencement of training programme.
Applicants will be notified of decisions up to six weeks from the receipt of their application. Screen Skills Ireland recommends applicants should submit an application form as soon as they are aware of a training opportunity to ensure a timely response. All applicants will be notified of the decision on their application by letter.
Once successful applicants to the scheme are notified, Screen Skills Ireland will begin to process the award payments.
Below are the details of the payment process.
- The award will be paid on an instalment basis and will consist of two to three instalments depending on the length and type of the programme.
- The first instalment will be paid up to 30 days from notification to the bursary recipient of the panel ’s decision. In some cases, further documentation (e.g.references) may be required from a successful applicant and as such, payment will not be processed until any requested documentation has been received.
- The final instalment will be paid once the following have been received:
- A detailed report on the training or work programme from the applicant; and
- Evidence of satisfactory completion of the training or work programme from the training organisation and/or company.
- Receipts for expenses incurred along with an invoice must be provided in order to draw down a bursary
- Bursaries will be awarded for up to 70% of the course fee, travel and accommodation
- Only receipts relating to expenses for the course fee, travel and accommodation are eligible.
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