Harvard FSC – LEF Fellowship

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The Film Study Center-LEF Foundation Fellowship is open to Boston-area nonfiction filmmakers who are completing a full Moving Image Fund grant application for Production or Post-production and are not affiliated with Harvard

The Film Study Center (FSC) supports filmmaking, moving image, and sonic practices at Harvard through granting fellowships and access to equipment, holding work-in-progress critiques, and hosting visiting artists.

About the Fellowship Program

One director per academic year receives a $10,000 grant (jointly funded by FSC and LEF Foundation), access to FSC’s pool of production and post-production equipment, and the opportunity to participate in the Harvard FSC community through work-in-progress screenings, workshops, and other activities.

Central to the FSC-LEF fellowship is participation in the bi-monthly work-in-progress screenings. At these meetings, fellows have the opportunity to present rushes, rough cuts, or fine cuts and receive feedback from other fellows. Participation by the FSC-LEF fellow is expected.


Applicants to the LEF Moving Image Fund who have been invited to submit a full application for production or post-production grant awards will be considered for the FSC-LEF Fellowship if they meet the following criteria

  • They reside within 50 miles of Cambridge, or, if residence is outside of 50 miles, a case may be made for how the applicant can commit to attending in-person Harvard FSC activities. 
  • They will not have been affiliated with Harvard as a graduate student, staff member, teaching assistant, faculty member, fellow, or recipient of FSC support for two years prior to the start of the fellowship, nor will they already be affiliated with Harvard during the academic year of the fellowship.
  • They will benefit from and contribute to the FSC community.

All applicants to the FSC-LEF Fellowship must also meet all eligibility requirements for the LEF Moving Image Fund grant phase (Production or Post-production) for which they are applying.

How to Apply

First submit a LEF Moving Image Fund Production/Post-production grant letter of inquiry (LOI) through LEF’s online submission form.

Application Deadline

The LEF Moving Image Fund LOI deadline is in late January each year.

Selection Process

All eligible applications for the FSC-LEF Fellowship are reviewed by LEF and the Harvard Film Study Center staff. LEF staff nominates three of the strongest applications for the opportunity, and the Film Study Center makes a final decision.

Application Questions

Please reach out to the LEF New England team if you have questions about this opportunity.

Current and Past Fellows


Amy Jenkins


Khary Saeed Jones


Kathryn Ramey


James Rutenbeck