Sally Wainwright Awarded Screenwriting Fellowship

Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley) has been awarded the 2016 Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship, in partnership with the BFI and Film4, which includes a bursary of £30,000 and unparalleled access to some of the most exciting scientific and humanities research in the world.

The intention of the Fellowship is to give a screenwriter time and space to explore without the constraints of a specific project. In doing this, the partners hope to make the Fellowship’s influence profound and long-lived, and hopefully inspire films and TV for years to come.

Wellcome’s Director of Culture and Society, Simon Chaplin, said: “The Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to delve into what it really means to be human and is the start of what we hope is a lifelong exploration into the world of science… (We) are incredibly excited that Sally Wainwright is taking up the 2016 Screenwriting Fellowship. She will undoubtedly bring a new perspective to the world of Wellcome.”

Sally Wainwright said: “It was an unexpected delight and honour to be offered the Fellowship. My career has taken me in many directions, so I am curious and excited to see where this opportunity leads me. I cannot think of a better place to research, explore and understand the human condition than Wellcome. I look forward enormously to being inspired by everyone and everything.”

Previous recipients of the Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship are Clio Barnard (2013), Jonathan Glazer (2014) and Carol Morley (2015).