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Curtin University

2018 - Global Voices World Health Assembly Scholarship

Status: Open
Applications open: 13/03/2018
Applications close: 20/04/2018

About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information

Curtin University is offering an exclusive scholarship for a student to represent Australia at the WHA Forum in Geneva. The successful applicant will join youth representatives from around Australia to meet with leaders and experts in economics, trade and development.

In addition to participating in the forum, 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 WHA Forum (21 May - 26 May).

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 Gloval Voices to attend over fifty international summits to represent Australia.

Student type
  • Current Students
  • Humanities
  • Science
Course type
  • Undergraduate
Specifically for
  • Curtin students wanting to study overseas

Non-gender specific

  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • Australian Citizen
Scholarship base
  • Merit Based
Maximum number awarded



The scholarship place is fully funded by Curtin 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).

Eligible courses

Thematic Focus: Health, public policy, environment, sustainability, medicine, education and development

Study Area: Health; Physical Sciences and Mathematics; Agriculture, Environment and Sustainability; Culture, Language and Indigenous

Eligibility criteria

The Global Voices Scholarship is open to Curtin University students. 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.

Conditions that need to be met to keep your scholarship

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Changes to enrolment

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How to apply

Application process


Program Timeline

  • 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: Wednesday 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.

The Application Process

Applications must be lodged via Global Voices - World Health Assembly Scholarship website by 5pm AEST on Friday 20 April 2018.

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.


Need more information?


Scholarships Office


T: (08) 9266 2992

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Further information

For more information and learn about Global Voices, please visit:


The above website provides information regarding the program, application process, FAQ and contact via online portal.

Need help?

There is plenty of useful information on the Application Guidelines page. Some other useful tools are:

WHA Poster.pdf



2018 WHA Poposal Instructions.pdf



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