$20,000 AFTRS Pariya Taherzadeh Radio & Podcasting Scholarship announced


The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) has announced the AFTRS Pariya Taherzadeh Radio & Podcasting Scholarship, a new annual scholarship generously supported by AFTRS graduate and international award-winning audio producer Pariya Taherzadeh.

The scholarship has been established to recognise and support an outstanding student in AFTRS Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting.

It will be open to students who are experiencing financial hardship and selected on the basis of creative excellence. The scholarship offers a $20,000 cash scholarship, to cover either living costs, study resources or relocation costs, and a one-year internship at Pariya’s audio production company talent@pariya.

Pariya graduated from AFTRS’ Graduate Diploma in Radio in 2018. That year she was the recipient of the Selwyn Speight Diversity Scholarship, awarded by AFTRS and the ABC, which provided her with the opportunity to work full time at the ABC for a year. It was there that Pariya created her first feature Escape from Iran for the Radio National show ‘History Listen’. The feature received a Gold Prize in the History category, and a Silver in Social Issues at the prestigious New York Festival Radio Awards in 2020.

Pariya’s career has seen her produce podcasts for a variety of companies and organisations including Mamamia, Netflix, Finder.com, Queensland University of Technology and the Victorian Women’s Trust podcasts. Her 2021 audio feature Jaleh’s Drive for Freedom was commissioned by ABC’s ‘Days Like These’ program. The feature won a Gold prize for the Personal Lives Podcast category, and was a finalist for two other categories at the 2022 New York Radio Festival Awards and a dual honouree at the 26th annual Webby Awards in 2022.

Pariya is a regular guest lecturer at AFTRS and has mentored students in the Master of Arts Screen: Documentary and Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting programs. Pariya is also a member of the newly minted AFTRS Alumni Advisory Group.

Pariya says “AFTRS provided me with the skills and learning I needed to launch what has been an incredibly exciting career to date. My time as a student was immensely rewarding and, with the Scholarship, I want to be able to offer those same opportunities to talented and emerging creatives at the beginning of their careers who need support in order to be able to study at AFTRS.”

AFTRS Director of Partnerships & Development Con Apostolopoulos says “Pariya has a magnificent story. Her journey from scholarship-recipient to scholarship-donor could not make us prouder.”

“The Pariya Taherzadeh Radio & Podcasting Scholarship has the real potential to change someone’s life. We thank her for her generosity and her courage to pay it forward.”

Eligibility criteria and application details here.

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