2018 Y20 Summit

Cordoba, Argentina (13 - 19 August 2018)

Applications are now closed.

Global Voices is offering an exclusive scholarship for a young Australian to attend and participate in the Y20 Summit in Argentina. The successful applicant will join youth representatives from every G20 nation to engage in diplomatic negotiations and deliver the Y20 Communique to the G20 leaders.

The summit will take place over several days and participants will take part in round-table discussions, panels and workshops. They will also enjoy legendary Argentinian hospitality and the opportunity to attend networking events.

Our Y20 delegation is endorsed by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and members of the Australia G20 team will provide policy advice to delegates as part of the Global Voices Research Fellowship. 

head scholars from the y20 china summit pose for a group photograph

head scholars from the y20 china summit pose for a group photograph

In addition to participating in the summit, delegates travel to Canberra for pre-departure briefings. This includes private meetings with policy experts, economists, department secretaries, ministers and journalists. The program consists of three components:

  • Pre-departure briefings (Canberra, 8 - 10 May);
  • Participation in the Global Voices Research Fellowship; and
  • Attendance at the Y20 Summit (Cordoba, 13 - 19 August). 

The scholarship place is fully funded and includes all domestic and international flights, accommodation, breakfasts, visas, insurance, and registration fees (you will need to cover the cost of meals and some transfers). 

The 2016 global voices delegation to y20 china

The 2016 global voices delegation to y20 china

Program Timeline

Application Reviews and Interviews: Tuesday 27 March - Monday 2 April 

Applicants informed of outcome: Thursday 5 April

Policy Outline Due: Tuesday 10 May

Canberra pre-departure briefings: Tuesday 8 - Thursday 10 May

Final draft of policy paper due: Friday 25 May

Second round of feedback: Monday 4 June

Final policy paper due: Wednesday 4 July

* Shortlisted applicants must undertake a phone or Skype interview with a member of the Global Voices Executive Team. You must be available between Tuesday 27 March - Monday 2 April.


Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Global Voices National Scholarship you must be:

  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident 
  • Aged 18 to 29
  • Hold a Bachelor or Masters degree 
  • Available to travel to Canberra and Argentina for the specified dates
  • Able to commit 5 hours a week to the program in the lead up to the summit 

The scholarship recipient will have a good understanding of international relations and an interest in global development and economics. The successful candidate will be capable and confident presenting to groups, enjoy team work and have excellent communication skills.

We look favourably upon applicants with experience in the private sector, NGOs or public administration or are actively participating in a Youth Platform, NGO or social enterprise. 


The Application Process

In addition to providing information on your previous professional and academic experience, you are required to submit a personal statement and a policy proposal as part of your application (see Research Proposal Instructions). If successful, your proposal will become the basis of your final policy paper and familiarise you with the core themes of the summit.

Research Proposal

You must identify a thematic focus or project associated with the G20/Y20 agenda and provide analysis on the issue (information included in the proposal instructions below). You are then expected to provide recommendations for improvement, reform or change. We encourage you to undertake your analysis in the Australian context.

The final policy paper will be similar to a ministerial briefing note. You can find examples of this style of writing through a quick Google search. Previous policy papers are also in our Journal

Your ideas are a work in progress and the nature and scope of your paper will develop as you undertake your research.

** You must download and use the research proposal instructions. 

Personal Statement

The personal statement is an opportunity to introduce yourself and share your reasons for applying. It should outline your ambitions for the future and how you will benefit from the experience. Your personal statement should be no longer than 500 words. 

Global Voices is looking for young and emerging Australian leaders and encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply. When selecting scholarship recipients we consider if an individual may bring a unique voice and perspective to the conversation. 

    Assessment Criteria

    Personal Statement (500 words max)

    Your personal statement and experience will demonstrate:

    • Leadership skills and participation in extracurricular activities
    • A passion for learning and professional development
    • An interest in international relations and diplomacy 
    • An understanding of Australian foreign policy 
    • An understanding of the G20 agenda and the history of the Y20 Summit
    • A positive attitude and willingness to work in a team 
    • A clear 'five-year plan' i.e. short to medium term professional or academic goals
    • Excellent communications skills

    Research Proposal (500 words max) 

    When assessing your research proposal we consider the relevance of the analysis and the practical application of your policy recommendations. We also consider:

    • The fluency of your writing and clarity of expression;
    • The depth of analysis and understanding of your chosen research topic; and
    • Use of clear structure and 'sign-posting' in the research proposal. We encourage the use of sub-headings. 

    N.B. Common feedback is to narrow the scope of research. You generally have 6 - 8 weeks to complete your paper, so be realistic as to what you can meaningfully achieve.

    Applications now closed