Scholarships, Prizes, and Bursaries (Cinema & Media Studies)

In addition to general university scholarships and bursaries, students in Cinema and Media Studies (CMS) degree programs are eligible for specific scholarships and awards throughout the academic year. Recipients of scholarships and awards are chosen by faculty unless otherwise stated.

Cinema and Media Studies Fountain Scholarships

There are two Cinema and Media Studies Fountain Scholarships: a one-year entrance scholarship of $6000, and an in-course renewable scholarship of $6000/year. These are awarded to excellent Cinema and Media Studies Major, Double Major, or Combined Honours students.

Fountain Entrance Scholarship
The one-year, $6000-dollar Fountain Entrance Scholarship in Cinema and Media Studies is awarded to an incoming student direct from high school who demonstrates academic excellence. Applicants must have a high school grade minimum 87% admission average [an admission average is calculated based upon the five required courses for the program to which the student has applied] OR a minimum 29 predicted/anticipated IB Diploma points.  Recipients, like all other CMS students, are eligible to apply for the Fountain In-Course Scholarship in Cinema and Media Studies as early as the winter of their first year.

To be eligible for scholarship consideration, your academic application to the university MUST be complete by March 1, including provision of high school transcripts and all other requirements. See the Registrar's web site for more information on admission requirements.

Eligibility and Criteria: Student must apply for a Major, Double Major, or Combined Honours in Cinema and Media Studies. There are no additional application requirements for this program, but to be eligible for the scholarship, you need to have declared CMS as part of your degree. Once notified, recipients of the award are strongly urged to consult the Associate Director of Cinema and Media Studies for recommendations of courses to take in their first year.

Application Procedure and Deadline Students must apply for the scholarship by March 1. Applications must include a letter of intent explaining your interest in Cinema and Media Studies and a PDF file of an essay (no longer than 16 pages) written for a high school class or another forum on a topic in Cinema and Media Studies (film, television, video games, online video culture, etc.). If you have questions about whether a given topic is appropriate, please contact the Associate Director of Cinema and Media Studies.

All supporting materials are due by March 1.  Digital materials must be sent to performingarts@dal.ca.

Fountain In-Course Scholarship
The $6000-per-year Fountain In-Course Scholarship in Cinema and Media Studies can be held for the number of years that remain in the student’s degree, based on a four-year course of study. For example, if a student is awarded the scholarship at the end of their second year, they will receive two years of funding (i.e, in their third and fourth years) as long as other criteria are met.

Eligibility and Criteria: Students must have declared CMS as a Major/Honours subject. Eligible applicants must have an overall GPA of at least 3.5. To retain the scholarship in a subsequent year, the recipient must complete at least 24 credit hours between September and April each year; must maintain a GPA average of 3.5 after year two and 3.7 after year three; and must remain a Major/Honours student in CMS.

Application Procedure and Deadline Students must apply for the scholarship by May 15. Applications consist of a letter of intent explaining your interest in Cinema and Media Studies; you do not need to submit a transcript, as your GPA can be calculated by staff and faculty.

Submit application materials to the Associate Director of Cinema and Media Studies.

Other In-Course Scholarships
As funds are available, students in the Fountain School, including those in the Cinema and Media Studies program, are granted in-course scholarships based on GPA. No application is necessary.

Cinema and Media Studies Essay Prize - apply by Feb 26

First prize is $250 and publication in the undergraduate Cinema and Media Studies journal, Supercut, and second prize is $100. Read here for application details.  

The Cinema and Media Studies Prize: awarded to the graduating Cinema and Media Studies student with the highest GPA in all film classes. No application is necessary.

Summer Program Awards

The FSPA Summer Program Awards offer students the opportunity to gain financial assistance toward summer programs that will contribute toward their studies in Theatre, Music or Cinema and Media Studies. The awards can be used toward relevant international courses run by Dalhousie or special summer programs offered by other universities or organizations in Canada and beyond.