Call for application – OECD forum, 4 to 10 May 2014 Paris

The OECD is an international organisation comprising 34 countries which has the aim of improving the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD’s Annual Forum brings together a large range of stakeholders to discuss the most pressing issues on the international agenda.

These stakeholders include high-level representatives from the private, public, and social sectors as well as academia and representatives from the OECD itself.

Past themes from the Forum include ‘Balancing Globalisation’, ‘Sustainable Development and the New Economy’, and ‘Innovation, Growth, and Equity’.

In the past Global Voices delegates to the OECD have had the opportunity to meet with Minister for Trade and Competitiveness, The Honourable Dr. Craig Emerson; Australian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the OECD, Chris Barrett; and Executive Director of the OECD. Some delegates have also spoken as a part of panel discussions at the Forum.

The delegation will be composed of:

  • 1 National Scholarship recipient (open to any Australian aged between 18 and 30);
  • 1 student from Central Queensland University;
  • 1 student from James Cook University’s Faculty of Law, Business & the Creative Arts;
  • 1 student from QUT Business School;
  • 1 student from RMIT; and
  • 1 student from The University of Sydney’s Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences.

To apply for this delegation you must attend the relevant university (and in some cases be a member of a specific faculty, school or program). Additional criteria may also apply and will be shown in the application form.

Research proposals must be relevant to the broad theme of the 2014 Forum – ‘Resilient Economies for Inclusive Societies’ – and be specifically relevant to Australia. It is important to indicate in your answer why this research topic is relevant to both the OECD’s agenda and Australia, as well as why it is important to you. For further details on the Research Fellowship, see below.

Key themes from the 2012 Forum and the 2013 Forum are provided to give suggestion of the range of topics addressed by the OECD Forum. Please consult the information provided to guide you in preparing your answer.

For a snapshot of the 2013 delegation to the OECD, click here.

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Applications close at midnight (Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time) on Thursday 6 March 2014.


As part of their preparation for a delegation all participants are required to undertake a Research Fellowship with Global Voices.

This commences with an initial three-days of pre-departure briefings in Canberra upon selection. This will involve meeting privately with a range of stakeholders and refining research topics. In the past this has included the Prime Minister, relevant Ministers, the Opposition, Government Departments, diplomatic missions and leading academics.

This is followed by a virtual preparatory process completed from home alongside existing commitments. This will involve a commitment of 5 to 10 hours per week for the months leading up to the delegation and includes the following:

The production of a high quality research paper (between 2,500 and 4,000 words) on a topic relevant to the agenda of the delegation and Australia’s role within it. It must have a strong focus on practical recommendations for change or action. This will be developed through a staged process involving a research outline before a full draft version is submitted. This paper will be published on the Global Voices website upon completion and provided to relevant stakeholders.

The production of an opinion piece (between 500 and 1,000 words) synthesising the main points of your research paper for wider public consumption. Global Voices will work with you on the final version either before or during your delegation. In the past these opinion pieces have been published by the ABC, News Limited, Fairfax, On Line Opinion, The New Internationalist and The East Asia Forum.

Active engagement in the lead-up to your delegation through tracking preparatory negotiations, becoming actively involved with any constituent groups of the negotiations, and attending any local briefings or other events. It is expected that on a weekly basis delegates are visibly engaging with the delegation itself as well as each other and Global Voices as part of their preparation.

In the past, some university students have been successful in claiming academic credit for their Research Fellowship with Global Voices. Further information can be provided upon selection.