Y20 Youth Summit

Tokyo, Japan | 26 - 30 May 2019

Applications are now closed.

Global Voices is offering an exclusive National Scholarship for a young Australian to attend and participate in the Y20 Youth Summit in Japan.

The successful applicant will join youth representatives from every G20 nation to engage in diplomatic negotiations and deliver the Y20 Youth Communiqué to the G20 Summit leaders. The Global Voices National Scholar will enjoy legendary Japanese hospitality and participate in round-table discussions, panels and workshops, and 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. 

Y20 participants from the 2018 summit in argentina pose for a group photograph.

Y20 participants from the 2018 summit in argentina pose for a group photograph.

Global Voices Scholarship Program components:

  • Global Voices Research Fellowship

  • Canberra Pre-Departure Briefings Program

  • Attendance at the 2019 Y20 Summit.

The Research Fellowship allows the successful applicant to develop research, analysis and policy-writing skills by developing a policy paper related to the delegation’s agenda. Your policy paper will include specific recommendations for domestic policy application.

The Scholarship is fully funded and includes all domestic and international flights, accommodation, breakfasts, visas, insurance, and registration fees. You will only need to cover the cost of meals and some transfers.

The 2018 Global Voices National Scholar, Jananie Janarthana, at the y20 Summit in argentina.

The 2018 Global Voices National Scholar, Jananie Janarthana, at the y20 Summit in argentina.

Program Timeline

Applications reviewed and Interviews: Monday 11 March - Friday 22 March*

Successful applicants informed of outcome: Saturday 23 - Monday 25 March

Canberra Pre-Departure Briefings Program: Tuesday 16 - Thursday 18 April

Final draft of policy paper due: Friday 10 May

Second round of feedback: Friday 17 May

Final policy paper due: Friday 7 June

* Shortlisted applicants must undertake a phone interview with a member of the Global Voices Executive Team. You must be available between these dates to participate in an interview.


Eligibility Requirements

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

  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident

  • Aged 18 to 29 years

  • Hold an undergraduate and/or post-graduate degree

  • Available to travel to Canberra and Japan for the specified dates

  • Able to commit 5 hours a week to the Scholarship Program, in particular to the Research Fellowship, until completion.

The National 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.


Policy 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 how you will benefit from the experience and how you plan on using the opportunity to give back to your community. 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 National Scholarship recipients we consider that an individual may bring a unique voice and perspective to the conversation, but may not have formal examples of this potential.

Assessment Criteria

Personal Statement (500 words max)

Your personal statement and experience will demonstrate:

  • Leadership skills and participation in extracurricular activities where you delivered key outcomes

  • 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

  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills

Policy Proposal (500 words max) 

When assessing your research proposal we consider the relevance of the context analysis and how you outline the elements of practical implementation 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.

As you generally have 6 - 8 weeks to complete your paper, it is important to be realistic as to what you can meaningfully achieve in this time.