The Creative Equity Scholarship Fund for Africa will financially support the next generation of storytellers in East Africa.
Netflix has opened applications to the Creative Equity Scholarship Fund (CESF) for film and TV students in the East African region.
The $1m scholarship fund for sub-Saharan students forms part of Netflix’s global Creative Equity Fund launched in 2021 to be allocated to various initiatives over the next five years with the goal of developing a diverse pipeline of creatives around the world.
The scholarship fund will cover the costs for tuition, accommodation, study materials and living expenses at select partner institutions in Kenya, where beneficiaries have gained admission to pursue a course of study in the TV & film disciplines in the 2022 academic year.
In the East African region, Netflix will collaborate with the HEVA Fund as implementing partner/fund administrator for the Netflix CESF, which is targeted for rollout in the academic year starting in 2022.
With the CESF, Netflix provides scholarships at partner schools in Kenya to support the formal training and qualification of aspiring creatives in the East African region. The following East African countries will be eligible: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.
The fund will be available to students of the following partner institutions: Africa Digital Media Institute (ADMI), Kenya Film School (KFS), KCA University, Kenyatta University, and United States International University Africa (USIU).
The submissions are now open and can be accessed on the application portal. Applications will be accepted up till April 22, 2022.
The Netflix CESF – which has already launched in Southern Africa for film & TV studies in partner institutions in South Africa – will also benefit students from other parts of Africa – particularly West and Central Africa. Fund administration partners for the West and Central Africa regions will be announced, along with the call for applications, in due course.