Film Student Alex Bateman Receives Prestigious Cornell University Research Grant

Angeline Dimambro
August 18, 2023

Rising third-year Film student Alex Bateman is a recipient of the Phil Zwickler Memorial Research Grant from Cornell University.

These research grants have assisted numerous exciting projects by offering select scholars financial assistance for expenses incurred while conducting research on sexuality in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University. Awardees may be invited to discuss their work at a public event during their research trip, and at the end of their stay, they are asked to prepare a final report on their research experience.

“I’m honored to be one of Cornell University’s Phil Zwickler Memorial Research Fellows,” Bateman said. “As a huge admirer of Zwickler’s [work] as a journalist and filmmaker who focussed on lesbian and gay rights, having access to his work at Cornell’s Human Sexuality Collection, in addition to receiving access to their archives broadly, is incredibly exciting. I’m very much looking forward to this research opportunity and developing work based on this experience.”

Bateman was previously awarded the 2023 American Australian Association Arts Grant as well as The American Association of University Women’s 2022-23 International Fellowship for her thesis works examining lesbian identity and sexual politics at Columbia University.

Born in Western Sydney, Alex Bateman is a filmmaker and writer living in New York City. She was previously the Digital Marketing Coordinator and Graphic Designer for the Sydney Film Festival, Communications Coordinator at NIXCo, Director of the Verge Creative Arts and Culture Festival, and Editor of the Hermes Creative Catalogue. She completed her Undergraduate Degree at The University of Sydney in Media/Communications and Film Studies and is now completing her MFA at Columbia in Screenwriting/Directing.