The scholarship:

The Upright Citizens Brigade is excited to partner with “Saturday Night Live” to offer scholarships to students who represent diverse backgrounds. This scholarship will allow students the opportunity to complete core and advanced classes in improvisation, character work, and sketch writing. 

A diverse committee representing UCB performers and writers will select outstanding applicants for a final round of interviews. Four performers and four writers will be selected for the scholarship. Additionally, “SNL” will be engaged in the development of these students once they begin their work at UCB. These scholarship recipients will also have direct entry to submit an audition tape or sketch packet to “SNL,” which is an incredible opportunity!

The Upright Citizens Brigade is committed to providing opportunities for underrepresented communities in our school and our stages. As one of the premier training institutions for future comedy professionals, it is essential for UCB to lead in this area. “SNL’s” financial commitment to this endeavor, and the access it is providing for the scholarship recipients, are massive boosts to the UCB’s efforts.

What does the scholarship offer?

Eight students will receive:

  • Class credits for Improv, Sketch Writing, Character, or Elective classes (either online or in-person)
  • Guidance from UCB Staff and SNL Casting
  • Opportunity to directly submit an audition or packet to SNL upon completion of the program

If you have any questions or inquiries regarding the application or scholarship, feel free to email Lindsay Lefler at [email protected].

When is the deadline to apply?

Submissions must be in before the end of the day (whatever the end of the day is where you are), July 15, 2022.


How to apply:

Fill out the application form here.


When will a decision be made?

Applicants will be notified by July 29, 2022, if they move on to the next round. The recipients will be announced on August 12, 2022.


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