Netflix Screen Writers Fellowship 2021 – Call for Applications

A new talent initiative that will offer up to six successful applicants the opportunity for a year long programme of professional development.

Application Deadline: 18th June 2021

About the Award: This fellowship, for each writer, will include a bursary of £22,568 to write a spec script for an original idea over the course of a year, monthly development events and workshops, and a paid placement in a writers room of a Netflix or Sky series.

We are looking for applications from writers of BlackAsian and other racial and ethnic backgrounds that are under-represented in the High End TV and film industry.

Each submission will be assessed by an experienced script reader. Shortlisted applicants will then be interviewed and selected by a panel of industry experts.

Type: Fellowship

Selection Criteria:

We want to encourage greater diversity of voices among new writers, and so are looking for Black, Asian and other racially and ethnically under-represented writers to apply.

We’re looking for dedicated writers with an authentic and original voice in all scripted genres, so we’ll need to see an example of your work – this means submitting a script.

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Eligible Countries: Not specified

Number of Awards: 6

Value of Award: The Fellowship offer will include:

  • A bursary of £22,568 over 12 months to write a spec script for an original idea.
  • Paid placement in a writers’ room on a Netflix or Sky show, including the opportunity to write a shadow script and receive feedback on it.
  • Credit for writers’ room participation.
  • Production shadowing, details of which will be COVID-19 dependent.
  • Regular development workshops and events.
  • Allocation of an industry mentor.
  • Three mentoring meetings with Bisha K Ali over the course of the year; beginning, middle and end of programme.

How to Apply: All the rules and information you need to know regarding the Fellowship can be found here !


  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

Visit Award Webpage for Details

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