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 2021 Future Leaders Series will be run online and focused on the Pacific as it relates to Australia’s foreign policy. Across five weeks, 25 participants will participate in four modules, a policy workshop and policy pitch competition.

Our weekly seminars and workshops for 2021 will include:

  • The Pacific: An Overview | 1 July, 7pm AEST

  • Social Inclusion Policy: Education, Jobs, Gender and Health | 8 July, 7pm AEST

  • Climate Security in the Pacific | 15 July, 7pm AEST

  • The Step-Up: Australian development and defence in the Pacific | 22 July, 7pm AEST

  • The final session on 29 July is dedicated to a policy pitch competition


Each session will be facilitated by leading experts in the field, providing participants with an unparalleled opportunity to engage with and learn from today's leaders. The final week of the series will see the participants put forward their bold and innovative ideas to address a challenge or opportunity in relation to a Pacific policy issue, through a policy pitch competition.

Applications for the upcoming program are now closed.


Applications open: 25 May 2021


Applications close: 16 June 2021, 11:59PM AEST


Application Guidelines: 

  • A later year students and early career professional interested in the Pacific region and/or foreign policy

  • An Australian citizens or permanent residents (however you may be based overseas) 

  • $25 participation fee

The 2020 Future Leaders Series was run online and focused on the Australia-US bilateral relationship. Across five weeks, 25 participants participated in four modules, a policy workshop and policy pitch competition. 

In previous years, the series has focused on: 

  • 2019: Australia, multilateral fora and achieving foreign policy objectives

  • 2018: The rise of populism 

  • 2017: Cyber security 

  • 2016: Climate change