Universal Pictures launched its Emerging Writers Fellowship in 2013 as a way to identify and cultivate new voices. In conjunction with the film group’s Diversity Council — led by Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley –NBCU’s Corporate Diversity team and the WGA West, a third year of the program was announced today. Application for the paid one-year program will be accepted beginning November 30.

Universal Emerging Writers Fellowship“The Emerging Writers Fellowship has not only been an invaluable experience for our fellows, but for those of us within the executive ranks who have had the opportunity to work with aspiring writers to develop their own unique style and perspective,”  said Universal Pictures President of Production Peter Cramer, who heads the program.  “These fellows continue to exceed our expectations and we are excited to be part of their journey.”

The 2015-16 Emerging Writers Fellows – Zelle Bonney, Kristen Davila, Tom Hanada, Salim Lemelle and Carlos Rios – began their yearlong program in June after an application process that included multiple writing submissions and interviews with the program’s official selection committee.

“I am consistently impressed by the commitment to career growth from our executives, producers and writers, who are so instrumental to this program’s success,” said Craig Robinson, EVP and Chief Diversity Officer for NBCUniversal.

More information is available here.