To inspire creativity and innovation, we want to work with students from diverse backgrounds. In order to achieve this, we offer a range of scholarships that recognise excellence and assist with the costs associated with higher education. Education is a worthwhile investment in your future, and there are various options to help you reach your study goal.
A variety of financial support options, which you may be able to access include: AFTRS Scholarships, AFTRS Special Finance Assistance and Government support (FEE-HELP, Youth Allowance, Austudy and Abstudy).
Have a question? Contact AFTRS Student Centre on (02) 9805 6444 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Since its inception in 1973 as the national film, television and radio school, AFTRS has empowered Australian storytelling talent. Australian storytelling is vital for building our culture and identity and connecting with one another. Australian stories face many challenges. Building the next generation of Australian talent and equipping our industry with relevant skills is essential to meet these challenges and ensure audiences are enriched by Australian stories.
AFTRS wants to discover and enable diverse Australian voices, the Storytelling Scholarship has been created to support this aim.
The purpose of this scholarship is to support the telling of Australian stories by providing a fee scholarship for a commencing student in 2019 in the Master of Arts Screen or Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production. The application will be selected on the basis of merit.
The AFTRS Storytelling Scholarship will be awarded to support a student’s study by covering their tuition fees for the duration of their course.
One scholarship may be offered in 2019 to either a Master of Arts Screen or Bachelor of Arts: Production student after consideration by the selection committee. In the event of there being no suitable applicants for that year the committee will convene to determine a course of action.
The scholarship is valued at:
- Master of Arts Screen – $25,488 per year ($50,976 total indicative course fee)
- Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production – $13,920 per year ($41,760 total indicative course fee).
AFTRS tuition fees are reviewed each year and the scholarship will be reviewed to match the course fees annually.
Fee payments are conditional on the recipient remaining enrolled, in good academic standing, and continuing to meet the eligibility criteria, and any other conditions. The fee scholarship will be allocated per semester.
Assessment of applications
The scholarship is merit based and intended to support students throughout their student journey by providing a fee scholarship.
You will be asked to view AFTRS promotional video Storytellers Wanted and provide a response to the film in ONE of the following forms:
- A script based on a story within Storytellers Wanted (max 3 -5 pages); OR
- A series of still photographs (max 5 photos) on a story within Storytellers Wanted; OR
- A concept illustration using digital painting, such as Photoshop, photomontage, traditional painting or drawing or a combination of any of these techniques on a story within Storytellers Wanted.
One scholarship will be awarded in 2019.
AFTRS’ decision is final and no correspondence about decisions will be entered into. Successful applicants will be told of any conditions of the scholarship.
The selection panel will take into consideration the material provided by the applicant and select a recipient based on the following:
- Distinct point of view.
- Relevance to story.
Who can apply
- Applicants for the Master of Arts Screen or Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production are eligible to apply.
- Applicants must be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen.
To be eligible to receive the fee scholarship, you must be accepted into the Master of Arts Screen or Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production course.
When to apply
Applications open: July 2018
Applications close: 15 November 2018
All applicants will be notified by email whether or not their application is successful by mid-December, 2018.
How to apply
1. Application form
Complete the application form via the portal and provide any documentation requested by the closing date.
2. Application task
Complete ONE of the application tasks outlined above.
3. Further information
For more information and help with your application, you can contact the Student Centre on 02 9805 6444 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday or email us at email@example.com.
AFTRS Equity Scholarships are awarded to assist financially disadvantaged students with the costs associated with higher education.
The scholarships are intended to support people from low socio-economic backgrounds or who are otherwise under-represented in higher education to study at AFTRS.
Applications for the 2018 Equity Scholarships open in July 2018 and are available for the BA Screen: Production and the MA Screen.
AFTRS Indigenous Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit or equity. The scholarships are intended to assist Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander award course students, who may otherwise be under-represented, with the costs associated with higher education at AFTRS.
MA Screen Indigenous Scholarships
AFTRS MAS Indigenous Scholarship funds are provided by The Kenneth Myer Fellowship Trust.
Each scholarship is valued up to $25,000 and is for one year only. There are two scholarships available in 2018.
$12,500 will be awarded each semester, to be paid following the applicable census date. Payments are conditional on the recipient remaining enrolled, in good academic standing, and continuing to meet the eligibility and disadvantage criteria, and any other conditions.
AFTRS provides support to other Indigenous students enrolled in award courses. AFTRS’ fund for the scholarships is managed through the Indigenous Unit and overseen by the CEO. AFTRS may give support for a range of purposes associated with a course. For example, AFTRS may contribute towards relocation costs, study resources and other costs, at AFTRS’ discretion.
The amount of support may vary, from $500 to $10,000, depending on the course and a student’s individual circumstances. In exceptional circumstances, higher financial support may be given. Where a course runs for more than one semester, payments will be made in each semester in equal instalments.
Generally, payments will be made after the applicable census date and are conditional on the student remaining enrolled, in good academic standing, and continuing to meet the eligibility criteria and any other conditions.
Contact the Indigenous Unit for more details on (02) 9805 6514 firstname.lastname@example.org
ABC Selwyn Speight Scholarship
AFTRS and ABC Radio have announced a new scholarship of $14,500 to be awarded each year for the next three years to develop Australian radio talent, with a focus on diversity.
The scholarship has been adapted from an existing, long standing bequest to AFTRS from the late ABC broadcaster Selwyn Speight, who was the first executive producer of flagship Radio Current Affairs program AM.
The scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who is accepted into AFTRS’ prestigious Graduate Diploma in Radio and is from an Indigenous or culturally and linguistically diverse background.
The successful applicant will also be provided with an internship at the ABC one day per week, and will be offered a 12 month employment contract upon graduation, as long as all performance measures are met.
Foxtel Diversity Screenwriting Scholarship
The purpose of the Foxtel Diversity Screenwriting Scholarship for Master of Arts Screen: Screenwriting is to expand and enrich the School’s student community by recognising and supporting an outstanding Master of Arts Screen: Screenwriting student, selected on the basis of merit from eligible students from diverse cultural, ethnic or socio-economic backgrounds, or from otherwise underrepresented minority groups.
It is awarded to support and develop the career of the recipient, providing them with a $20,000 scholarship and if possible, a professional attachment during the course.
Virgin Australia Scholarship
The purpose of the Virgin Australia Scholarship is to expand and enrich the School’s student community by supporting a student from outside of NSW for either the Master of Arts Screen or Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production who are relocating from interstate in order to take up their place in their course.
The Virgin Australia Scholarship will be awarded to support and develop the career of the recipient, providing them with a $20,000 scholarship as well as one return flight from Sydney to their hometown.
UNHCR Beddie Scholarship
The UNHCR Beddie Scholarship is for a refugee intending to pursue a career in the creative industries. It will support study at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS).
The Scholarship has been established with support from AFTRS, Australia for UNHCR and the daughter of Rurer Beddie to help the scholarship recipient develop their storytelling talents. The scholarship, valued at over $72,000, covers full tuition for a Bachelor of Arts program, living expenses and internship opportunities at Australia for UNCHR.
Special financial assistance
AFTRS provides limited financial assistance for students experiencing severe or sudden financial hardship that may affect their ability to take up the offer of a place in a course of study, or continue in a course of study.
Refer to the application for Financial Assistance Form.
For detailed information on the following allowances see the Centrelink website.
Austudy, Abstudy & Youth Allowance
Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production and other full-time students enrolled at AFTRS may be eligible for government income support including Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance.
Youth Allowance and Austudy
If you are aged between 16-to-24 you may be eligible for support through Youth Allowance. If you are aged 25 and over you may be eligible for support through Austudy. To be eligible for Youth Allowance or Austudy you must be:
- An Australian resident, and
- Enrolled in a full time award course, and
- Enrolled in an undergraduate or appropriate postgraduate course (up to Graduate Diploma level).
If you are an Indigenous student and aged over 14 you may be eligible for Abstudy if you are:
- An Australian citizen, and
- Enrolled in a part time or full time award course, and
- Enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate course (up to Doctorate level).
Your eligibility will also depend on your and/or your partner’s or parents’ income and assets.
Please note: The Master of Arts Screen course is not an approved course for students to receive Austudy, Youth Allowance (student) and Pensioner Education Supplement through Centrelink.
All AFTRS award courses are FEE-HELP approved.
AFTRS is an approved Higher Education Provider and is registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.
This means eligible AFTRS students have the opportunity to apply for the Australian Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme to help pay your course fees if you meet the citizenship and residency requirements as follows:
- You are an Australian citizen
- You are a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
- You are enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date
- You meet the tax file number requirements.
- You will undertake at least one unit of study whilst residing in Australia.
In order to meet the tax file number requirements:
- You must give AFTRS your valid Tax File Number (TFN) OR
- If you do not have a TFN you can give AFTRS a Certificate of Application for a TFN. This certificate is available from the Australian Tax Office (ATO) when you apply for a TFN.
You are NOT eligible for the FEE-HELP loan scheme if you are:
- A New Zealand citizen (other than a Special Category Visa holder).
- An Australian permanent resident (other than the holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa).
NEW ZEALAND CITIZENS WHO ARE SPECIAL CATEGORY VISA HOLDERS
- The Australian Government has passed legislation to provide Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) loans to New Zealand citizens who are Special Category Visa (SCV) holders and meet the requisite criteria.
- Note: just being a New Zealand citizen, or holding a Special Category Visa, won’t automatically entitle you to HELP loans – you must meet all of the required eligibility criteria under this category.
If you hold a New Zealand SCV you will be able to access HELP loans, providing you meet ALL the long-term residency requirements:
- First began residing in Australia at least 10 years ago and at that time you were a child under the age of 18 with no spouse or de facto partner; and
- You have been in Australia for at least:
- a total of eight out of the past 10 years; and
- a total of 18 months out of the last two years.
If you do not meet all of the above criteria you are not eligible for HELP loans.
HOW FEE-HELP WORKS
FEE-HELP means you can study without having to pay upfront fees.
You can also pay your fees with a combination of an upfront payment and FEE-HELP.
If you obtain a FEE-HELP loan from the Australian Government to pay for your studies, a FEE-HELP debt is recorded for you with the ATO. You repay the government through the taxation system once your income reaches a set threshold.
Repayment of FEE-HELP debt is calculated by the Australian Tax Office and the amount will be included in your income tax notice of assessment.
The Student Centre will contact all eligible students prior to the commencement of their course with instructions on how to apply for a FEE-HELP loan.
For further information about FEE-HELP, refer to the following Australian government resources:
**Disclaimer: AFTRS has made every attempt to ensure the information on this page is as accurate as possible as of 5 September 2018. However, to the extent permitted by law, AFTRS gives no guarantee and accepts no responsibility for the information’s accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness. Individuals are responsible for evaluating the information provided for their own purposes, and for confirming the currency of the FEE-HELP information on this page by referring to the Australian Government’s Study Assist website.