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The Future Leaders Series is our flagship program designed to engage Australia's future leaders in the critical issues affecting Australia, the Indo-Pacific region and the international system and equip them with the knowledge, skills and networks to respond to these challenges and shape future policy decisions.  

The Future Leaders Series comprises a series of modules, each focusing on a particular issue or challenge, which run for between 4 and 6 weeks. During a weekly workshop or seminar, participants will have the opportunity to explore the different aspects and dimensions of the issue, and the challenges and considerations facing Australian policy makers.

Each session is facilitated by a leading expert in the field, providing participants with an unparalleled opportunity to engage with and learn from today's leaders. The final week of the module will see participants apply their knowledge and ideas to drive a roundtable discussion with their peers and produce a policy brief for publication outlining their recommendations and suggestions to policymakers. 

2023 Future Leaders Series

We're excited to announce applications are open for our 2023 Future Leaders Series!

The focus for this series is First Nations engagement as it relates to Australia's foreign policy. Each session will be facilitated by leading First Nations foreign policy experts, providing participants with an unparalleled opportunity to engage with and learn from today's leaders.

In previous years, the series have focused on: 

2022: Space
2021: The Pacific

2020: Australia-US bilateral relationship

2019: Australia, multilateral fora and achieving foreign policy objectives

2018: The rise of populism 
2017: Cyber security 
2016: Climate change

Program Rundown

Introducing First Nations Foreign Policy - Module 1 – Tue 30 May

Policy Pitch Writing Workshop – Thu 1 June

First Nations Foreign Policy – Approaches to Climate Change - Module 2 – Thu 8 June

Special Topic to be Announced - Module 3 – Thu 15 June

Strategic Value of First Nations Foreign Policy - Module 4 – Thu 22 June

Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations - Module 5 - Thu 29 June

Policy Pitch Competition – Thu 13 July


Eligibility Requirements

A later year Undergraduate student, a Postgraduate student, and/or early career

professional interested in First Nations foreign policy.

An Australian citizen or permanent resident (however you may be based overseas).


Please note, there is a $50 Participation Fee. However, if you are experiencing any
extenuating circumstances which may prevent you from paying this fee, we will be
happy to discuss options with you further if your application is successful.

Applications Open: Monday 10 April 2023


Applications Close Sunday 7 May 2023, at 11:59 PM.

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