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Young Australians in International Affairs' Young Women to Watch list is back for 2021! This initiative celebrates and elevates the achievements of young women across the spectrum of international affairs.

The aim of the list is to shine a spotlight on some of the young Australian women making a name for themselves in government, academia, think tanks, the private sector and civil society across the broad horizon of international affairs - whether it be in foreign policy, national security, international aid and development, a particular bilateral relationship, cyber, defence, strategic issues or international trade.


These often remain male-dominated spaces, and we want to recognise and promote the next generation of young women achieving success in these areas.


The list of successful nominees for YAIA's Young Women to Watch 2021 will be published on the Young Australians in International Affairs website on the occasion of International Women's Day, 8 March 2021.

You can view lists from previous years via our Careers Blog below:

To be eligible, nominees should:

  • Identify as female or non-binary;

  • Be aged 35 or under as at 8 March 2021;

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident;

  • Be able to demonstrate achievement in the field of international affairs; and

  • Not be a current volunteer or fellow at Young Australians in International Affairs.

Nominations for this year's list have now closed. 

Due to a high number of submissions, only shortlisted nominees will be contacted, within two weeks of the closing date.

Any questions can be directed to