Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

The Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is a fellowship program founded in 1986 to aid screenwriters. It is administered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.



Gee Nicholl, widow of producer Don Nicholl, worked with Julian Blaustein in 1985 to develop the program with the Academy. The original 1986 winners were Allison Anders, Dennis Clontz, and Jeff Eugenides. 1989 fellow Radha Bharadwaj wrote the first screenplay made into a film, the 1991 film Closet Land. Clontz won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 and Eugenides won one in 2003. 1992 fellow Susannah Grant was the first nominated for an Academy Award, for the screenplay for Erin Brockovich. The fellowship celebrated its 25th year in 2010.[1]

Past Fellows

2010 Nicholl Fellows

  • Destin Daniel Cretton, “Short Term 12”
  • Marvin Krueger, “And Handled with a Chain”
  • Andrew Lanham, “The Jumper of Maine”
  • Micah Ranum, “A Good Hunter”
  • Cinthea Stahl, “Identifying Marks”

2009 Nicholl Fellows

  • Matt Ackley, “Victoria Falls”
  • Vineet Dewan and Angus Fletcher]], “Sand Dogs”
  • John Griffin, “Dream Before Waking”
  • Nidhi Anna Verghese, “Jallianwala Bagh”
  • Jeff Williams, “Pure”

2008 Nicholl Fellows

  • Jeremy Bandow, “Hive”
  • Ken Kristensen & Colin Marshall, “Out of Breath”
  • Jason A. Micallef, “Butter”
  • Eric Nazarian, “Giants”
  • Lee Patterson, “Snatched”

2007 Nicholl Fellows

  • Amy Garcia & Cecilia Contreras, “Amelia Earhart and the Bologna Rainbow Highway”
  • Michael L. Hare, “The Fly Fisher”
  • Sidney King, “Kalona”
  • David Mango, “Kissing a Suicide Bomber”
  • Andrew Shearer & Nicholas J. Sherman, “Holy Irresistible”

2006 Nicholl Fellows

  • Alfred E. Carpenter & Mark A. Matusof, “38 Mercury”
  • Arthur M. Jolly, “The Free Republic of Bobistan”
  • Stephanie Lord, “Palau Rain”
  • Josh D. Schorr, “10 Day Contract”
  • Scott K. Simonsen, “Tides of Summer”

2005 Nicholl Fellows

  • [[Morgan Read-Davidson, “The Days Between”
  • Seth Resnik & Ron Moskovitz, “Fire in a Coal Mine”
  • Michael D. Zungolo, “No Country”
  • Colleen Cooper De Maio, “Pirates of Lesser Providence”
  • Gian Marco Masoni, “Ring of Fire”

2004 Nicholl Fellows

  • Sean Mahoney, “Fenian's Trace”
  • Daniel Lawrence, “The Gaza Golem”
  • Doug Davidson, “Letter Quest”
  • Whit Rummel, “The Secret Boy”
  • John Sinclair & Nova Jacobs, “Split Infinity”

2003 Nicholl Fellows

  • Andrea R. Herman, “Augmentation”
  • Tejal K. Desai & Brian C. Wray, “Linda and Henry”
  • Annie Reid, “Revival”
  • Bragi Schut Jr., “Season of the Witch”
  • James N. Mottern, “Trucker”

2002 Nicholl Fellows

  • John Ciarlo, “Bend in the River”
  • Matt Harris, “Moon of Popping Trees”
  • Pamela Kay, “Nude and Naked”
  • Kurt Kuenne, “Mason Mule”
  • Creighton Rothenberger, “The Chosin”

2001 Nicholl Fellows

  • Patricia Burroughs, “Redemption”
  • Greg M. Dawless, “One Hour Development”
  • Robert S. Edwards, “Land of the Blind”
  • Albert Letizia, “The Northern Lights”
  • Cameron B. Young, “Saint Vincent”

2000 Nicholl Fellows

  • Doug Atchison, “Akeelah and the Bee
  • Alfredo Botello, “The Crasher”
  • Gabrielle Burton, “The Imperial Waltz”
  • Christine R. Downs, “Victory Road”
  • James M. Foley, “Powder River Breakdown”

1999 Nicholl Fellows

  • Chris E. Balibrera, “Harvest”
  • T. J. Lynch, “The Beginning of Wisdom”
  • Annmarie E. Morais, “Bleeding”
  • Jaime David Silverman, “Last Meals”
  • Rebecca A. Sonnenshine, “Mermaid Dreams”

1998 Nicholl Fellows

  • Jacob A. Estes, “Mean Creek”
  • Robert H. Gyde, “Jelly-Babies”
  • Donna McNeely, “Julia's Child”
  • Karen M. Moncrieff, “Blue Car”
  • Michael A. Rich, “Finding Forrester

1997 Nicholl Fellows

  • Glen Craney, “Whisper the Wind”
  • Scott Ferraiolo, “The Palace of Versailles”
  • Anthony J. Jaswinski, “Interstate”
  • Karen O'Toole, “Wild Horses”
  • Michele Sutter, “This Place in the Ways”

1996 Nicholl Fellows

  • Will Chandler, “Cyrano of Linden View”
  • Ehren Kruger, “Arlington Road”
  • Carlton Proctor, “Sommerville”
  • Brian Teshera, “...In a Heartbeat”
  • Craig von Wiederhold, “Dead Eyes”

1995 Nicholl Fellows

  • Richard Cray, “Love, Squid & Pavarotti”
  • Scott Fifer, “Starstruck”
  • Patrick Gilfillan, “G.U. (Geographically Undesirable)”
  • Robley Wilson, “Land Fishers”

1994 Nicholl Fellows

  • Max Adams, “My Back Yard”
  • Steve Garvin, “Status Quo”
  • Charles Henrich, “Joshua Tree”
  • Glenn Levin, “Spano and the Kid”

1993 Nicholl Fellows

  • Victoria Jennings Arch, “A Terrible Beauty”
  • Bob Bridges, “Doniphan of the Americas”
  • Myron E. Goble, “Down in the Delta”
  • Jodi Ann Johnson, “Mama & Me”
  • Dawn O'Leary, “Island of Brilliance”

1992 Nicholl Fellows

  • Robert N. Cohen]], “The Good Ole Boy”
  • Susannah Grant, “Island Girl”
  • Andrew W. Marlowe, “The Lehigh Pirates”
  • Terri Edda Miller, “Bedwarmer”
  • Michelle Wollmers, “Infidels”

1991 Nicholl Fellows

  • Len Alaria, “War Cry”
  • Peter Crow, “Trace”
  • Raymond De Felitta, “Begin the Beguine”
  • Ronald Emmons, “By Bread Alone”
  • Brian Reich, “Baubles”

1990 Nicholl Fellows

  • David Gordon, “Rocketman”
  • Robert Gregory-Browne, “Low Tide”
  • Kent Rizley, “The Gentlemen”
  • Thomas Smith, “Slings and Arrows”
  • Wanda Warner, “Chief to Chief”

1989 Nicholl Fellows

  • Radha Bharadwaj, “Closet Land”
  • Mark Lowenthal, “Where the Elephant Sits”
  • James McGlynn, “Traveler”
  • Deborah Pryor, “Briar Patch”
  • Laverne Stringer, “The Cotton Gin Athletic Club”

1988 Nicholl Fellows

  • No fellowships awarded

1987 Nicholl Fellows

  • Christopher Bishop, “Swampers”
  • Kevin Coffey, “Fadeaway”
  • Sallie Groo, “Daughters of Music”
  • Marie Angela Kellier, “Solita's Rise”
  • Randall McCormick, “Giant Steps”
  • Warren Taylor, “In the Dark”
  • Priscilla Waggoner, “Mother's Nature”

1986 Nicholl Fellows

  • Allison Anders, “Lost Highway”
  • Dennis Clontz, “Generations” (play)
  • Jeff Eugenides, “Here Comes Winston, Full of the Holy Spirit” (fiction)


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