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Are you bilingual and looking for a career in radio broadcasting? 2018 could be your chance to excel.
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8 Aug 2017 - 11:08 AM  UPDATED 10 Aug 2017 - 1:39 PM

SBS Radio last year announced a new partnership with the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS), focused on developing bilingual Australian radio talent - this year it continues with applications now open for the Graduate Diploma in Radio 2018 scholarship.

An Australian first, the joint initiative between SBS Radio and AFTRS aims to expand and enrich AFTRS’ student community by recognising an outstanding radio student, selected on the basis of merit from eligible students across several language groups.

In addition to being awarded a scholarship to the AFTRS’ Graduate Diploma in Radio, the successful applicant will intern at SBS Radio one day per week throughout the year.

Applications for the Graduate Diploma in Radio scholarship close on 16 October  2017. Get yours in today!

Am I eligible?

For the 2018 intake, the following language groups are qualified to apply:

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • Greek
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Kurdish
  • Mandarin
  • Nepali
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Bilingual applicants will be required to sit the SBS Radio Language Skill Test. 

The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition. No fees will be payable.

Applications Close: 16 October 2017

Download the SBS Bilingual Radio Scholarship Guidelines

Apply for the SBS Bilingual Radio Scholarship

How to Apply?

Visit before Monday, 16 October 2017 to get your application in.


Marking the launch of the scholarship in 2016, Director of SBS Radio, Mandi Wicks, said: We’re delighted to be partnering with AFTRS to offer this opportunity to a successful multilingual student. With nearly 50% of Australians either being born overseas, or with at least one parent who was born overseas, we are hoping to find plenty of potential bilingual radio talent.”

“We are proud to be leading the way with this Australian-first initiative, a unique opportunity for any budding radio talent, and we look forward to welcoming the successful applicant to the team in 2017.”

AFTRS Program Leader, Radio, Lisa Sweeney, said: “Taking this scholarship to study with AFTRS is an amazing educational opportunity, as our Graduate Diploma in Radio is the best broadcasting course in Australia and leads to excellent employment prospects upon graduation.

"With the internship at SBS Radio included in the year’s study, the chance to learn within the industry and to connect with a network of professionals means a fantastic head start for the student. AFTRS is so grateful to SBS for providing this scholarship.”

AFTRS is holding their annual open day on 12 August 2017 and SBS Radio will be there to answer your questions so please come and say hi!

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