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AFTRS Alumni and Industry Scholarship Fund

Help us support the next generation of Australian storytellers



AFTRS is committed to ensuring that its world leading education is available to all Australians. We’ve found that the main obstacle to taking up study is the financial burden of tuition, relocation expenses and Sydney’s ever-rising cost of living.

AFTRS has established the Alumni and Industry Scholarship Fund to expand and enrich the School’s student community.

You can make a difference

AFTRS alumni community has over 5000 practitioners, advocates, and supporters who are invested in the future of Australian stories. We invite AFTRS alumni, along with our wider industry community, to open the door for others to access the opportunity. Support the Alumni & Industry Scholarship Fund today!

The fund will contribute to future scholarships, including the inaugural Alumni and Industry Scholarship, developed to support the creative journey of a diverse new voice joining AFTRS in 2024.

For enquiries, email us at donations@aftrs.edu.au.

All donations above $2 are tax-deductible. All donations above $100 are publicly acknowledged (if you wish to remain anonymous, please note this on the donation form).
Donations $1000 and over will have the opportunity to dedicate a seat in our Main Theatre.



About the fund


AFTRS alumni are a dynamic community of over 5000 practitioners, advocates and supporters who are invested in the future of Australian stories. They are a diverse group spread across all areas of the industry and working all over the world.

AFTRS is committed to ensuring that its world-leading education is available to all Australians. We have found that the main obstacle to taking up study is the financial burden of tuition and Sydney’s ever-rising living costs.

Following consultations with the Alumni Advisory Group, AFTRS has established the Fund for the benefit of future students of AFTRS.

Donations + funding

AFTRS invites all alumni and Industry to consider donating to the AFTRS Alumni and Industry Fund with a one-off donation, workplace giving, annual donations or by a bequest.

Established in 2023, AFTRS is committed to continuously raising funds to support future student scholarships.


The Alumni and Industry Scholarship

Funds raised will contribute to the inaugural Alumni and Industry Scholarship in 2024. It will be awarded to support and develop the career of a gifted storyteller, with a particular focus on under- represented groups in the Australian screen industries. The scholarship recognises creative excellence and the capacity, skills, knowledge, connections and potential that under-represented individuals can bring to telling stories at AFTRS and beyond.

The $25,000 scholarship will support an outstanding Master of Arts Screen student who can benefit from assistance to study.


Thank you to our generous donors:

$1000 and above
Annette Davey (Postnetts Inc)
Dion Beebe
Emily Dean
Mathieu Ravier
Monica Davidson (Creative Plus Business)
Pearl Tan and Dr Priya Roy
Rachael Weiss
Steve Murphy and Cate Cahill
Unjoo Moon

$500 and above
Jana Gibson (Community Broadcasting Association of Australia)
Jennifer Coogan (LiSTNR Original Podcasts)
Kate Montague (Audiocraft)
Kellie Riordan (Deadset Studios)
Pamela Cook (SBS)
Philip Ashley-Brown (ABC)
Rachel Perkins
Ryan Rathbone (Australian Radio Network)
Stefan Coory (Blockhead VFX)

$100 and above
Alice Tynan
Geraldine Coakley
Greg Dyett
Karen Pearlman
Kate Stone
Marcus Gillezeau
Nerida Tyson-Chew
Nicholas Bolton (TEN ALPHAS)
Patrick May
Stewart Burchmore



Further Reading

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The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) has announced that the inaugural recipient of the AFTRS Alumni & Industry Scholarship is screenwriter Sarah Chahine.

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AFTRS Alumni & Industry Scholarship Fund launched at 70th Sydney Film Festival

In celebration of AFTRS’ 50th Anniversary and the 70th Sydney Film Festival, AFTRS has closed out an exciting lineup of festival events with a special alumni & industry gathering. Esteemed AFTRS alumni, industry guests and staff came together at t...