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Young Australians in International Affairs' Young Women to Watch list is back for 2022! This initiative celebrates and elevates the achievements of young women across the spectrum of international affairs.

In its fourth year running, the list aims to shine the spotlight on young Australian women making positive impact in government, academia, think-tanks, the private sector and civil society across the breadth of international affairs—whether it be in foreign policy, national security and strategic issues, defence, international aid and development, bilateral relationships, cyber and international trade.


These often remain male-dominated spaces. YAIA wants to recognise and elevate the next generation of women leaders achieving success and making an impact in these areas. 

The list of successful nominees for YAIA's Young Women to Watch 2022 will be published on the Young Australians in International Affairs website on the occasion of International Women's Day, 8 March 2022.

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

To be eligible, nominees should:

  • Identify as a woman or non-binary;

  • Be aged 35 or under as at 8 March 2022;

  • 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 Indigenous people and people of colour are highly encouraged.

Nominate yourself or someone you know now!

Nominations close midnight AEDT Friday 4 February 2022. Any questions should be directed to