AFTRS Announces Pariya Taherzadeh Scholarship

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

The scholarship was established to recognize and support an outstanding student of the AFTRS Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting.

It will be open to students who are experiencing financial difficulties and selected on the basis of creative excellence. The scholarship provides a cash award of $20,000, to cover living expenses, study resources, or moving expenses, and a one-year internship at Taherzadeh’s audio production company. [email protected]

Pariya Taherzadeh received her Graduate Diploma in Radio from AFTRS in 2018. That year, she received the Selwyn Speight Diversity Scholarship, awarded by AFTRS and ABC, which enabled her to work full-time at the ABC for one year.

This is where Pariya created his first feature film Flight from Iran for the National Radio programHistory Listen’. The feature film received a gold award in the History category and a silver in social issues at the prestigious New York Radio Festival Awards in 2020.

Pariya’s career has seen her produce podcasts for various companies and organizations including Mamamia, Netflix,, Queensland University of Technology and Victorian Women’s Trust Podcasts.

Its audio function 2021 Jaleh’s quest for freedom was commissioned by ABC’s’days like these‘ program. The feature won a gold award in the Personal Lives Podcast category and was a finalist in two other categories at the 2022 New York Radio Festival Awards and a two-time winner at the 26th Annual Webby Awards in 2022.

She is a regular guest speaker at AFTRS and has mentored students in the MA programs in Screen Arts: Documentary and Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting. Taherzadeh is also a member of the new AFTRS Alumni advisory group.

Taherzadeh said: “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 has been extremely rewarding, and with the scholarship, I want to be able to provide those same opportunities to talented and emerging creatives at the start of their careers who need support to be able to study at AFTRS.”

AFTRS director of partnerships and development With Apostolopoulos said, “Pariya has a wonderful story. Her journey from scholarship to scholarship 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 give back.

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