Our tips for a world-class Global Voices application

Global Voices is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. Each year they provide scholarships for young Australians to travel overseas, meet world leaders, and engage with international policy making at home and abroad.

A Global Voices delegation will challenge and inspire you. Delegates will get an insider’s look into policy making, and have the chance to express their opinions and offer solutions to global challenges.

This term, Global Voices and CQUniversity are offering two fully-funded scholarships to attend:

  • The World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva in May 2020.
  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Forum in Paris in May 2020.

Applications close Midnight AEDT Sunday 15 March 2020. To be eligible, you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident aged 18 – 30.

If you are passionate, driven and want to make a difference in the world, don’t miss your chance to apply! Here are our top tips for a world-class Global Voices application…

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Highlights of my Global Voices experience

Hi, my name is April Cunningham. I am currently studying my third year Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) degree. Earlier this year, I found out the exciting news that I had been selected as a Global Voices delegate. The scholarship took me on the trip of a lifetime to Paris, where I attended the OECD World Forum.

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Part 3: Why you should apply for Global Voices

Part 3: Why you should apply

Why not apply? Who knows how far you will go!

CQUniversity is a sponsor of Global Voices, a not-for-profit that identifies and develops the next generation of Australian leaders by providing practical experience in foreign policy and international relations. With the opportunity to apply to attend multiple forums including; United Nations, OECD, World Bank, IMF, APEC, and G20.

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Part 2: My Global Voices experience at COP23

So, this is my first time overseas, as apparently Tasmania and New Zealand don’t count. I feel so privileged to represent CQUniversity and to be selected for this prestigious Global Voices scholarship, it is like the last piece of the puzzle to my university journey.

After three long flights, and a train from a regional town in Australia I step foot in Germany, 15,039 km away from my home town of Townsville. The feeling is surreal, and my week has only begun!

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My Global Voice Experience

Part 1- Pre-Departure Briefing  

Hi, I’m Claire-Marie, Bachelor of Agribusiness and Food Security student at CQUni Townsville. So Tuesday 7th November I am flying out of Australia to Bonn, Germany to attend the UNFCCC Climate Talks Conference or COP23 for short. I am super keen and excited but nervous as expected. This fantastic opportunity is thanks to the sponsorship of CQUniversity through Global Voices. Global Voices is to me, a prestigious scholarship that connects young Australians to the world.

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The start of a NYC adventure

Hello I am Melanie Ohl, a Public Health (Health Promotion) student and Global Voices scholarship recipient. Never in the world did I think I would receive a scholarship to attend the profound United Nations conferences in such the iconic city of New York!

I started my adventure on a long flight on International Women’s Day, an experience like no other- flying high as a proud Australian woman to attend the UNCSW61 (United Nations Commission on the Status of Women).

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Global Voices – Inside the Experience

The top 5 things you can expect as a Global Voices delegate

In September 2016 I received some very exciting news – I was selected as a Global Voices delegate to the World Bank and IMF Annual Forums in Washington, D.C. in October.

For those unfamiliar with Global Voices, the program provides (in partnership with universities, including CQUni) fully funded research fellowships, allowing young people to participate in the world’s most prestigious summits and engage with international policy at home and abroad.

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Words of wisdom from Global Voices alumni

Make the most of opportunities. University is a time of self-discovery and learning. However, learning in isn’t just about attending classes, reading text books, and studying for exams. Life lessons are more often learnt in the field; on the run, and often without even setting out to learn something at all.

This is why the opportunities that CQUni offer students are so valuable: they aren’t just about adding a conference or extra curricula activities to your CV, they are about gaining new insights and gaining life lessons.

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