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Refugee Storytelling Scholarship Launched

A new tertiary scholarship, the Australia for UNHCR Beddie Scholarship is for a refugee intending to pursue a career in the creative industries of film, television or radio studies. It will support study at the prestigious Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS).

The Scholarship has been established with the generous support of the Australian Film Television and Radio School (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.

Basic Eligibility

  • A Refugee – with permanent residence status or Australian citizenship
  • Demonstrated interest in film, television, creative writing, radio
  • Willingness to engage in Australia for UNHCR and Public Education Foundation events
  • Commitment to report on progress during course and after graduation
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident

AFTRS Applications Tasks

Your Story: In no more than 1,000 words, or a 3 minute audio or video recording, tell your story in two parts:

  • who you are, what you love to do; your goals, experiences and values.
  • what you have accomplished so far: include details of any activities, awards or achievements that demonstrate your abilities or commitment to creating screen content

Creative Work: In no more than 1,000 words in the form of a script or short story, a 6-7 minute video, a portfolio of photos or drawings of 4-6 pages/images, or other creative piece of work (eg a piece of music, interactive work) showcase your best work and demonstrate your ability to tell an engaging and imaginative story.

Review of a Creative Piece: In 300-500 words or in a 1 minute audio or video recording, review an Australian film, play, book, television series, painting, music or other significant work of art that has strongly resonated with you in a positive or negative way.

Note: You will not be judged on the technical proficiency of the work or on the quality of the equipment but on your creative storytelling abilities. For video/audio pieces please include a Vimeo or Youtube link.

Applications must be submitted by Tuesday 27 August 2019.

Visit the Public Education Foundation website for more information, and to apply.

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