Fully Funded Program for Emerging Leaders in the Australia-Japan Youth Dialogue 2021 (Aged 25-40)

Are you a young emerging leader between age 25 and 40, able to demonstrate a genuine and well-

established commitment to the Australia–Japan relationship?

Then apply for the Australia-Japan youth dialogue 2021 at no cost at all, with all your expenses

fully covered.

Application Deadline: September 12, 2021


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The Australia–Japan Youth Dialogue Limited will cover the cost of flights, accommodation, meals,

and transfers for any in-person sessions and all other reasonable dialogue expenses. There is no

charge for delegates.


Applicants must:

  • be aged between 25 and 40 at the time of the application closing date;
  • have professional level English language skills; and
  • be able to demonstrate a genuine and well-established commitment to the Australia–Japan relationship.

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Application Instructions


Applicants will participate in a competitive, merit-based selection process.

  • Stage 1: Complete an online application

Please complete the online component of the application process by 11:59 pm AEST on Sunday, 12 September 2021. This involves two steps:

  • Complete the 2021 AJYD application form
  • Attach a CV of no more than 2-pages and submit your application form

Applicants will be assessed, shortlisted and merit-listed by the AJYD team and updates will be provided to all applicants by late September.

  • Stage 2: Interview via video conference

The AJYD team will interview shortlisted candidates via video conference (Zoom) in late September to early October.

  • Stage 3: Delegate selection

The AJYD team will assess applicants’ online submissions and interviews. Delegates’ profession, experience, gender, background and location will also be considered so as to ensure our cohort is diverse and representative.

Invitations to join our 2021 cohort will be sent by the end of October.

About the Australia-Japan Youth Dialogue

The Australia-Japan Youth Dialogue (AJYD) is an independent and non-partisan diplomatic initiative dedicated to strengthening the bilateral relationship with and through future leaders.

The AJYD seeks to be the premier initiative for the promotion of young leaders and ideas that will strengthen and support the future of the Australia-Japan relationship.

The AJYD aims to be representative by prioritizing diversity in all forms: gender, sector, location, and voice.

We have an Australian and a Japanese chapter – a balancing of AJYD that promotes visibility and engagement on both sides.

We work hard to promote our work and champion the relationship, building the AJYD voice and brand.

The inaugural AJYD dialogue took place in Melbourne in July 2017 and the second dialogue took place in Tokyo in November 2019.

Discover more opportunities from the Australia–Japan Youth Dialogue (AJYD).

Key Dates and Order of Program

The Australia-Japan Youth Dialogue 2021 will be a hybrid online and in-person event, taking place on:

  • Sunday, 14 November [online]: AJYD 2021 Opening Night
  • Saturday, 20 November – Sunday, 21 November [hybrid*]: Core Weekend – across two satellite cities in Australia and Japan. COVID-19 restrictions permitting.
  • Sunday, 28 November [online]: Follow-up session
  • Saturday, 4 December [online]: Final session

If selected, delegates must:

  • commit to being an active participant in all sessions, activities and events in the AJYD 2021 program*;
  • contribute to post-event feedback and communications with the AJYD team; and
  • remain involved, where possible, in the AJYD alumni network.​


Program and Venues

AJYD 2021 will build on the successes of our 2017 and 2019 programs with a new cohort of emerging leaders from Australia and Japan who represent the diversity of the relationship between our two countries.

Due to the pandemic and the priority to run the 2021 Dialogue in a manner that is safe for all participants and the public, decisions regarding event logistics and the use of domestic ‘hub’ cities will remain flexible until closer to the event date. If selected, delegates should still be willing to commit to in-person participation at a hub city for the Core Weekend (20-21 November) if that is confirmed in the event format. Expenses for all travel required of delegates will be covered by the AJYD Limited.

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