The Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship is made possible through the generous endowment of Princess Grace Award winner Stephen Hillenburg and his wife Karen. Known for creating and producing “SpongeBob SquarePants,” Stephen Hillenburg received a Princess Grace Film Scholarship while a graduate film student in animation.
The Princess Grace Awards’ Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship seeks to discover emerging animators and nurture their artistic pursuits throughout their careers. The Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship is available to emerging animators; animators at the outset of their careers or early stages of professional development. Funding provides project specific support and filmmakers must be nominated by a non-profit school .
Schools invited to apply may nominate one undergraduate and one graduate student for a Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship separately from (and in addition to) the Princess Grace Film Scholarship.
Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship grants average between $15,000-$30,000. The grant is made in accordance with the student’s final animation project budget.
Should funding be awarded, acknowledgement of winning a Princess Grace Award, including the Princess Grace Awards logo, must appear in film credits/any related materials, and a copy of the completed film must be sent to the PGF-USA.
The Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship seeks to identify and support innovative, emerging animators who show outstanding artistic promise and a potential to have a lasting impact on the field of animation. PGF-USA is interested in identifying artists pushing at boundaries of animation, as well as expanding the potential of classic technologies, narrative structures and methods. In evaluating applications, PGF-USA will consider the quality, originality and mastery of the subject and approach of the proposed animation project . Primary consideration will be given to the unique vision and talent of the artist.
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Work samples are a significant component of your application and we urge you to use care in selecting the samples you submit.
The nomination should be on behalf of the Film School's Dean/Dept. Chair or Media Art Center's Executive Director. However if there is someone on faculty or staff that can better speak to the filmmaker's work and artistic excellence, they may write the letter of recommendation.