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Our Fellowship Program was launched in January 2015, aimed at promoting the voices of young people in Australia’s foreign policy. The program is designed to attract young Australians, especially those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, who are skilled in research and analysis, have a desire to learn more about issues in international affairs, and have a demonstrated interest in the Fellowship area to which they apply.

We are most interested in applicants’ ability to write thoughtfully, with a talent for bringing unique perspectives to contemporary issues. As such, whether you are an undergraduate student who has recently started your studies or an early- to mid-career professional, we highly encourage you to apply.

Over 6 months, Fellows research and contribute articles to be published online by Young Australians in International Affairs on our blog, Insights. The Fellowship Program is open to Australian citizens and permanent residents between the ages of 18 and 30.

Fellowships are unpaid, non-resident positions, and Fellows do not have to be based in Australia to apply. We strongly encourage First Nations Australians, women, LGBTIQ+ individuals, and culturally and linguistically diverse candidates to apply. Check out our current Fellows.

One Fellowship is offered in each of the following areas:

Australian Foreign Policy Fellow

Africa Fellow

Europe & Eurasia Fellow

Indo Pacific Fellow

Latin America Fellow

Middle East Fellow

South Pacific Fellow

United States Fellow

Climate and Environment Fellow

Cyber, Tech and Space Fellow

Applications for the July-December 2024 Fellowship Program are now open.


Young Australians in International Affairs also consider ad-hoc writing submissions outside of our Fellowship program. Feel free to send through your writing to


I am interested in applying for a Fellowship but I am not sure if I have enough experience or expertise.

What do you look for in applicants?  

We welcome applications from all Australians aged 18-30. We encourage you to apply  whether you have a postgraduate degree and significant publishing and research experience, have worked for a number of years for a research centre or think tank, or are a current undergraduate student or intern. 

Keep in mind that the Fellowship program is  designed to attract leading young Australian scholars and experts with a background of high academic achievement, outstanding skills in research, written  communication, and demonstrated interest or experience in the Fellowship area to which they apply.  

Do I need to be based in Australia for the duration of the Fellowship? 

No, Fellows do not need to be currently based in Australia. 

I am not an Australian citizen or permanent resident. Am I eligible to apply for a Fellowship? 

No, unfortunately you are not eligible to apply for a Fellowship.  

Can I apply for more than one Fellowship? 

Yes. Applicants can apply for a maximum of two Fellowships but must submit separate applications for each Fellowship, including separate writing samples and tailored cover letters. Please note that we will not consider your application if you fail to submit two separate applications. 

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