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The Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs is offering two exclusive scholarships for the Global Voices semester two program. The scholarships are available for:

  • The UNFCCC COP23 Climate Talks (Bonn, 13 – 17 November)

Students from the Sir Walter Murdoch School will represent Australia as part of an exclusive youth delegation. Along with young people from across the country, scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to engage closely with issues related to climate policy, development, economics and trade. The Global Voices program also includes private meetings with policy experts and world leaders, and attendance at round table discussions and panel events. The program consists of three components:

  • Attendance at the pre-departure briefings in Canberra (12 - 14 September) where you will meet members of the Australian government, think-tanks, and other experts;
  • Participation in the Global Voices Research Fellowship to develop your understanding of the key issues of the summit; and
  • Attendance at the UNFCCC COP23 Climate Talks in Bonn.

Both scholarship places are fully funded thanks to the generosity of Mal and Karyl Nairn and includes all domestic and international flights, accommodation, breakfasts, visas, most transfers, insurance, and registration fees are covered (you will need to cover the cost of some meals and transfers).

Prior to applying we suggest you read the 'Our Program' section of the website for more information.

Eligibility Requirements

Global Voices Scholarships are open to students from the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs. Students must also be Australian citizens and permanent residents aged 18 to 30. Applicants must be available to participate in all aspects of the program, including pre-departure briefings.

The Application Process

The application process requires you to provide a personal statement and a policy proposal related to one of the specified research areas (see below). If successful, your proposal will become the basis for your final policy paper. The research proposal will familiarise you with the core themes and issues of the summit. You must identify an issue or challenge related to one of the focus areas and provide appropriate policy changes or recommendations. Examples of previous policy papers can be found on the 'Journal' section of our website.

Personal Statement

The personal statement is an opportunity to introduce yourself. We like to hear about why you are applying, what you are passionate about and your ambitions for the future. Your personal statement should be no longer than 350 words. Some advice for things to cover:

  • Why are you applying for the scholarship?
  • Why are you passionate about your area of study/research? 
  • What will you bring to the team?

IMPORTANT: We undertake a blind recruitment process. Please do not include your name or information which would indicate your gender in the personal statement. 

Research Proposal

Your proposal must address one of the prescribed topics related to the forum and provide practical policy recommendations for change. Your ideas are a work in progress and the nature and scope of your paper will develop as you undertake your research. Please download the instructions for completing your research proposal. 

Application Assessment Criteria

Your research proposal and personal statement should demonstrate:

  • Your understanding of the issues and themes related to the summit agenda;
  • Your ideas and interests;
  • How the opportunity would help you achieve your goals and ambitions; and
  • Your expectations of the summit or forum. 

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 we give applicants 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 in that time. 

Shortlisted applicants are required to undertake a phone or Skype interview with a member of the Global Voices Executive Team. You must be available for an interview Thursday 20 - Sunday 23 July from 8am - 8pm (AEST).

Program Timeline

Applications Close: Wednesday 19 July

Application review, shortlist interviews: Thursday 20 - Sunday 23 July

Applicants informed of outcome: Wednesday 26 July (as part of the Sir Walter Murdoch School Awards Ceremony)

First draft of policy paper due: Friday 1 September

First round of feedback: Friday 8 September

Canberra pre-departure briefings: Tuesday 12 - Thursday 14 September

Final draft of policy paper due: Friday 13 October

Second round of feedback: Friday 20 October

Final policy paper due: Friday 3 November

Applications Closed