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Semester 2 Applications
open in June/July 2024

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Global Voices Fellowship!

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Be aged 18 - 30 for the full duration of the program

  • Be available for pre-departure training in Canberra (dates listed in the application form)

  • Be available and able to travel for the full duration of the international delegation you are applying for

  • Have the ability to commit at least 5 hours per week to the fellowship program

  • Currently, hold or can obtain a passport well before your delegation's dates and will be valid for at least 6 months after the end of your delegation

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident 

  • Further information below

We are looking for delegates that have:

  • Personal and/or professional interest in the delegation's purpose and issues 

  • Unique and relevant experience, showing a commitment to the fellowship requirements

  • Potential to gain professionally and personally from the experience 

  • Intention to contribute meaningfully to the fellowship and their communities following the fellowship

  • A relevant, considered and quality policy proposal

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Watch our Sem 1 2024 Information Session

How to apply:



Ensure you have read the requirements of a Global Voices Fellowship, and confirm that you are eligible to apply (look above).

It is suggested that you research and prepare your 500-word policy proposal and responses to the application questions in advance. If successful, your proposal will become the basis of your final policy paper and help to familiarise you with the core themes of your international summit.


Review the Policy Prompts relevant to the fellowship you are applying for to write your policy proposal. 


Complete the application form by the closing date AEST/AEDT.

The Application Form includes:

  • A Personal Statement - up to 500 words

  • Your Policy Proposal - up to 500 words

  • A Description of Your Work and Education History

  • Short answer questions on how you manage teamwork, conflict, and time 

Menzies Foundation logo

This year we are so excited to partner with Menzies Foundation to provide the unique opportunity for all Australians aged 18-30 to apply to be a delegate travelling to the Y20 summit in Brazil!

Menzies Foundation aspires to raise the profile and importance of outstanding leadership by encouraging Australians to reflect on leadership, build their leadership capability and act for the greater good.

The Foundation supports leadership platforms which facilitate the exploration, deepen understanding, and codification of approaches to leadership. Their efforts to examine various dimensions of leadership from diverse perspectives reinforce the Foundation’s commitment to identifying the essential leadership qualities and attributes required for effective leadership in both the Australian and global contexts. This important work supports our leadership movement as we share these insights with the Australian and Global community; contributing to the leadership discourse.

Accessibility and Inclusion Statement

At Global Voices we strive to create and provide valuable opportunities for all young people and are committed to accessibility, representation and inclusivity.

We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, gender-diverse young people, LGBTQIA+ young people, young people with disabilities, young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and young people from rural, regional and remote areas, to apply. 

You are welcome to tell us about your accessibility needs, identity, background or lived experience that helps us to better understand you and what you need to ensure we are providing you with a safe, rich and welcoming experience. 

There is an opportunity to share accessibility needs in the application form. You can also send us an email at, or if successful in securing a scholarship, discuss your needs with your Delegations Manager at a later stage. 

I've hit submit, what's next?

After the application close date, our team will begin the assessment process. During this time, we carefully review each application, considering the content of policy proposals and the quality of policy recommendations provided.

Following the initial assessment, shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in an online interview with members of the Executive Team. Final selections will be made after these interviews are completed.

We aim to notify all applicants of their status within four weeks of the application close date. If you have not heard from us by that time, please feel free to reach out. We kindly request that applicants refrain from contacting us unless it has been over a month since the application deadline

2024 Delegations
Delegation Boxes

In 2024, GV is running delegations to...

Global Voices runs two recruitment rounds a year, in February/March (Semester 1) and June/July (Semester 2). 

In Semester 1:

Y20 Global Summit

WhereRio De Janeiro, Brazil

When: August

The Y20 Summit is an annual gathering that brings together youth delegates from G20 countries to discuss and develop policy recommendations on global issues. It provides a platform for young people to engage with policymakers and contribute their perspectives to the broader G20 agenda.

AI for Good

Where: Geneva, Switzerland 

When: May

The AI for Good Global Summit is the leading action-oriented United Nations platform promoting AI to advance health, climate, gender, inclusive prosperity, sustainable infrastructure, and other global development priorities. 

Higher Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)

Where: New York, USA

When: July

The Higher Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) Conference is a United Nations platform for reviewing progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It brings together governments, civil society, and other stakeholders to share experiences, discuss challenges, and identify solutions for advancing sustainable development globally.

In Semester 2:

World Health Summit

Where: Berlin, Germany

When: October

The World Health Summit is a global health conference that convenes leaders and experts from various sectors to address pressing health challenges and promote international cooperation in healthcare.

International Monetary Fund / World Bank AGM 

Where: Washington, USA

When: October

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Annual Meetings (AGM) are gatherings of finance ministers, central bank governors, and other key stakeholders from member countries to discuss global economic issues, development priorities, and financial policies.

Biodiversity COP16

Where: Colombia 


The Biodiversity COP, or Conference of the Parties, is a series of meetings held under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), where member countries come together to discuss and negotiate agreements on biodiversity conservation and sustainable use. These meetings play a crucial role in shaping international efforts to protect and manage the world's biological resources.

Commission on the Status of Women

Where: New York, USA

When: March 2025

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) dedicated to promoting gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide. It convenes annually to evaluate progress, identify challenges, and develop policies to advance the rights and well-being of women and girls in areas such as education, employment, and political participation.

Climate COP29 

Where: Azerbaijan

When: November

The Climate COP, or Conference of the Parties, is an annual gathering under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), where countries negotiate and make decisions on global climate policy. It serves as a platform for discussing and implementing measures to address climate change, including emissions reduction targets, adaptation strategies, and financial support for developing nations.

"My Global Voices experience was nothing short of transformative. As someone with an interest in climate change but not much previous exposure to the policy/international diplomacy space, I gained an immense amount from this program."

Faith Woon, 2023 Climate COP

"The mechanisms for the decisions that affect our lives usually seem elusive. The Global Voices Scholarship program provides a launchpad for young Australians to uncover these mechanisms."

Julian Garratt, 2023 IMF/WB

"As a public school student from regional Australia, the chance to meet with individuals who are at the top of their field was an amazing opportunity and a great honour."

Callum Noone, 2023 Climate COP

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