2018 World Health Assembly

RMIT University Scholarship

Geneva, Switzerland (21 - 26 May 2018)

RMIT University is offering an exclusive scholarship for a student to represent Australia at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva. The successful applicant will join youth representatives from around Australia to meet with experts in public health policy and development. 

In addition to participating in the assembly, 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, 1 - 3 May);
  • Participation in the Global Voices Research Fellowship; and
  • Attendance at the World Health Assembly (21 - 26 May 2018). 

The scholarship place is fully funded by RMIT University 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). 


Program Timeline

Applications Close: Friday 20 April at 5pm AEST

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Application Reviews and Interviews: Saturday 21 April - Sunday 22 April 

Applicants informed of outcome: Thursday 26 - Friday 27 April 

Canberra pre-departure briefings: Tuesday 1 - Thursday 3 May

Policy Outline Due: Thursday 10 May

Final draft of policy paper due: Friday 25 May

Second round of feedback: Friday 8 June

Final policy paper due: Saturday 30 June

* Shortlisted applicants must undertake a phone or Skype interview with a member of the Global Voices Executive Team.

You must be available between Saturday 21 April - Sunday 22 April

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Eligibility Requirements

The Global Voices Scholarship is open to students from RMIT University. Candidates must be: 

  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Aged 18 to 30
  • Available to travel to Canberra and Switzerland 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 Australia's public health priorities and an interest in global development, health and science.

The purpose of the delegation is to provide an opportunity for students who have an interest in the policy dimension of public health.


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 WHA agenda and provide analysis on the issue. 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 history of the WHO and its priority areas
    • 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 Closed