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2021 - Semester 2 - Global Voices UNFCCC Climate Talks (COP26) Scholarship

Status: Open

Applications open: 23/07/2021
Applications close: 22/08/2021

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About this scholarship

Disclaimer Information - This scholarship is offered and administered by our partner, Global Voices. The information and timeline may be updated in accordance with their update / advice.

Please note the timelines have been updated due to the current pandemic outbreak.

Curtin University is supporting a position for a student to participate in the 2021 COP26 Global Voices Scholarship Program. The Scholarship Program includes participation in both a domestic and international delegation, as well as private meetings with subject matter and policy experts, esteemed academics, Commonwealth Government Departmental Secretaries, Members of the Australian Parliament, and leaders of civil-society and private organisations. 

This scholarship provides an exciting opportunity for you to develop your policy writing skills, create strong industry connections, and network with like minded young Australians from across the country.

  • Scholarship Program Components:
  • Global Voices Policy Fellowship
  • Canberra Briefings Program
  • Participation at COP26

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

COP26 is a unique opportunity for students interested in and passionate about making meaningful change in global climate policy. Suitable for students from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds. 

Global Voices is a not-for profit organisation that is committed in nurturing the next generation of Australian leaders by providing practical experience in foreign policy and international relations. Since their establishment in 2011, over two-hundred young people were supported by Global Voices to attend over fifty international summits to represent Australia.

  • Current Students
  • Centre for Aboriginal Studies
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Science courses
    • Engineering courses
    • Western Australian School of Mines (WASM)
  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate coursework
  • Curtin students wanting to study overseas
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • Merit Based

The scholarship place is fully funded by Curtin University and includes all domestic flights, accommodation, breakfasts, visas, insurance, and registration fees (you will need to cover the cost of meals and some transfers).

Scholarship Details

Thematic Focus: Climate change, sustainability, health, development, economics and trade

Study Area: Agriculture, Environment and Sustainability; Architecture and Construction; Engineering and Mining; Physical Sciences and Mathematics; Culture, Language and Indigenous (humanities, international relations students)

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

•    An Australian citizen or permanent resident
•    Aged 18 to 30 years
•    Available to travel to Canberra and UNFCCC Climate Talks COP26 (virtual) for the specified dates
•    Able to commit 5 hours a week to completing the Policy Fellowship

The UNFCCC Climate Talks provides a unique opportunity for students interested in and passionate about making meaningful change in global climate policy. Suitable for students from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds.

Application process

Program Timeline

  • Applications Open: 23 July 2021
  • Applications Close: 11:59pm, Sunday 22 August 2021 (AEST)
  • Applicants Informed of Outcome: Early September 2021
  • Canberra Briefings (Virtual): 28-29 September 2021
  • Canberra Briefings (In-person): 23-26 November 2021
  • COP26 (virtual): Monday, 1 - Friday, 12 November 2021

* Shortlisted applicants must undertake a phone or Skype interview with a member of the Global Voices Executive Team. You must be available between late August and early September.

The Application Process

Applications must be lodged via Global Voices - UNFCCC Climate Talks Scholarship website by 11.59pm Sunday 22 August 2021 AEST.

Before you apply, please download and read the policy and fellowship instructions at Global Voices' website. 

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. If successful, your proposal will become the basis of your final policy paper and familiarise you with the core themes of the summit. For more information, please click the above Global Voices website.


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