SBS Radio has partnered with the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS) to create a scholarship program that aims to develop more bilingual Aussie radio talent.
An Australian first, the initiative aims to expand and enrich AFTRS’s student community by recognising an outstanding radio student, selected on the basis of merit from eligible students across several language groups.
In addition to being awarded a scholarship to the AFTRS Graduate Diploma in Radio, the successful applicant will also be offered a one day per week 12-month placement with SBS Radio.
Director of SBS Radio, Mandi Wicks, said: “Multilingual talent is at the heart of SBS Radio and we are thrilled to be working with AFTRS to encourage and champion further representation.
“We are proud to be leading the way with this Australian-first initiative, a unique opportunity for any budding radio talent, and we look forward to welcoming the successful applicant to the team in 2017.”
AFTRS Program Leader, Radio, Lisa Sweeney, said: “AFTRS greatly values the opportunity to collaborate in this way with SBS Radio for this scholarship. AFTRS and SBS are both committed to encouraging the development of diverse Australian stories and this monetary support for a talented student will assist both organisations to achieve this much-needed diversity.”
The following language groups are qualified to apply for the scholarship: Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Kurdish, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek and Nepali.