About us

Global Voices is a youth-led Australian not-for profit committed to developing the next generation of leaders by providing practical experience in policymaking, international relations, and diplomacy. We are a non-partisan and non-advocacy organisation committed to contributing youth perspectives to domestic and global decision-making.

Since our founding in 2011, we have supported over 250 young people participate in our Scholarship Program and attend over 70 international summits, including at the United Nations, OECD, World Bank, IMF and Y20.

The Global Voices Scholarship Program consists of three elements: participation in a Pre-Departure Briefings program in Canberra, completion of a Policy Fellowship, and attendance at an international delegation. Our Program provides participants with a dedicated policy-writing workshop, media engagement training, institutional visits, greater cross-cultural awareness, and significant professional networking opportunities.

Canberra Pre-Departure Briefings

Twice a year, Global Voices brings together its Scholars from across the country to participate in a Pre-Departure Briefings program. Across three days, the Scholars meet with senior leaders in government, civil-society, and academia, and receive training in policy-writing, media engagement, and networking.

International Delegations

Global Voices leads delegations of young Australian leaders overseas, where they are able to learn about multilateral decision-making, consensus building, and policy-writing processes. There, our Scholars develop their networks, contribute to high-level discussions, and share their ideas for solutions to global challenges.

Policy Fellowship

Each Scholar completes a Policy Fellowship, which provides them the opportunity to research policy gaps on a topic related to their international delegation agenda, and develop comprehensive and concise recommendations for domestic policy implementation. These are then published on our online Journal.

Testimonials from our Alumni…

“Being a Global Voices Scholar was an incredibly refreshing, thought provoking and rewarding experience. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to liaise with world leaders, provide an Australian youth perspective on international issues, and develop a new friendship group of inspirational future leaders across the world.”

Ben Munns, 2018 Global Voices Scholar, IMF & World Bank Annual Meetings

"I believe all the skills I have developed through this program, in conjunction with the once-in-a-lifetime experience that the program has provided, will not only allow me to be more competitive in academic and professional pursuits but have also equipped me to be more effective in my current and future roles."

Josh Pegler, 2018 Global Voices Scholar, UNFCCC Climate Talks (COP24)

“The Global Voices Scholarship program has undoubtedly been one of the best experiences of my university career. The ability to discuss with high-level representatives from Australia and around the world in a space such as the OECD conference was extremely valuable…The Global Voices program is a very well-run program…which I recommend all university students try get involved in.”

Brandon Barrio, 2019 Global Voices Scholar, OECD Forum


Global Voices acknowledges First Australians as the Traditional Custodians of Australia and recognises their ongoing connection to communities, lands, and waters of our beautiful country.

We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, to Elders, both past and present, and to all future Indigenous leaders of Australia.


Global Voices is a registered charity.

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