Each year, Global Voices offers scholarships to participate in its prestigious program to young people, aged 18-30 years, across Australia.


This opportunity provides a young Australian leader with the opportunity to participate in the Global Voices Scholarship Program and represent the voices of Australian youth at key international summits. This fully-funded scholarship presents a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience to a passionate and motivated change-maker to influence discussions, contribute ideas to solution-building, and meet and collaborate with peers from around the world.

Typically, Global Voices will provide a fully-funded scholarship to attend the Y20 Youth Summit, held by a G20 member state host nation each year.


2018 Global Voices National Scholarship Recipient, Jananie Janarthana, with fellow delegates at the Y20 Youth summit in argentina.

2018 Global Voices National Scholarship Recipient, Jananie Janarthana, with fellow delegates at the Y20 Youth summit in argentina.

Global Voices Scholarship Program components:

  • Global Voices Policy Fellowship

  • Canberra Pre-Departure Briefings Program

  • Attendance at an international conference.

The Policy Fellowship allows the successful applicant to develop research, analysis and policy-writing skills by developing a policy paper related to the delegation agenda. This paper must include specific and comprehensive recommendations for domestic policy implementation, and will be published on the Global Voices Journal.

The Scholarship covers costs for all domestic and international flights, accommodation, breakfast, visas, insurance, vaccinations, and conference registration. The successful recipient will only need to cover the cost of meals and airport transfers.


Eligibility Requirements

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

  • An Australian citizen, permanent resident, or permanent humanitarian entrant.

  • Aged 18 to 29 years.

  • Hold an undergraduate and/or post-graduate degree.

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

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

The National Scholarship recipient will have a strong understanding of international relations, global development and current political affairs. The successful candidate will be professional, capable and confident presenting to groups, enjoy working in a team, and have excellent communication, leadership and organisation skills.

We look favourably upon applicants with experience in the private sector, NGOs or public administration or who are actively involved in a youth-focused NGOs or social enterprise. 

The Application Process

In addition to providing information on previous professional and academic experience, applicants are required to submit a personal statement and a policy proposal as part of their application. If successful, the proposal will become the basis of their final policy paper and help to familiarise them with the core themes of their international summit.


Check back here next year for more information on our 2020 National Scholarship opportunities.

Better yet, stay in touch with us via our newsletter or social media channels and you’ll be the first to hear when applications for our National Scholarships open!