Global Voices Scholarship

Offered in partnership with Global Voices, this exclusive scholarship will see you join a group of Australian youth representatives to meet with international leaders in policy, economics, health and international development.

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Bachelor of Commerce student James Chan (far left) travelled to Washington D.C. as a Global Voices Scholar.

"I never expected how much I could get out of the week on both a professional and personal level. As Global Voices scholars, we were exposed to world leaders and discovered the big economic issues facing the world."

James Chan, Global Voices Scholar

Read more about James' experience

About the 2023 scholarship

The University of Melbourne Faculty of Business and Economics has partnered with Global Voices to offer all University of Melbourne Faculty of Business and Economics students the opportunity to represent Australia and attend the Y20 Youth Summit in India this August. The successful applicant will participate in the Global Voices Scholarship Program and join youth representatives from around Australia to meet with leaders and experts in youth, the environment, policy, economics, and international development.

The Scholarship Program consists of three core components:

  • Participation in the Global Voices Policy Fellowship
  • The Global Voices National Conference (Wednesday 26 April - Friday 28 April)
  • Attendance at the Y20 Summit (August - precise dates in August TBC)

The Policy Fellowship allows the successful applicant to develop their research, analysis, and policy-writing skills through developing a policy paper related to the delegation agenda. This policy paper must include specific recommendations for domestic policy application.

In addition to participating in the Y20 Summit and negotiations, all Scholars travel to Canberra to participate in the Global Voices National Conference. This includes private meetings with policy experts, economists, Commonwealth Departmental Secretaries, Members of Parliament, and civil society leaders.

How much does it cost?

The Scholarship is fully funded by the University of Melbourne Faculty of Business and Economics, and includes all domestic and international flights, accommodation, visas, insurance, and registration fees.

Who can apply?

The Global Voices Scholarship is open to all University of Melbourne Faculty of Business and Economics students. Applicants must also meet the following requirements:

  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Aged 18 to 30 years
  • Available to travel to Canberra & India for the listed dates
  • Able to commit 5 hours a week to completing the Policy Fellowship
  • Able to commit up to 5 hours a week (on average) to completing the pre-departure online negotiations with Y20 representatives across the globe

Selection criteria

The Scholarship is ideal for students with an interest in public policy, global trends, data and analysis, human rights and international development. The Program has a strong international element so we encourage young Australians with a global perspective to apply.

Selection criteria include:

  • demonstrated ability through academic and/or extra-curricular achievement,
  • demonstrated interest in issues related to the summit,
  • capacity to gain personally and professionally from the experience,
  • desire to use this experience to make contributions to the community upon returning Australia, and
  • quality and relevance of the research proposal submitted with the application.

How to apply

You are required to submit a policy proposal and a personal statement, as well as evidence of previous professional and academic experience. If successful, your proposal will become the basis for your final policy paper. Applications without all three pieces of supporting documentation will not be considered.

For more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit the Global Voices website.

Get application tips by watching this short informative video prepared by Global Voices. Video opens in separate tab.

Applications for the 2023 Global Voices Scholarship are currently closed. Information about the next round of applications will be available soon.