The Global Emerging Voices program was established in 2011 with the objective of facilitating the coming together of a community of leading young EU and Asia Pacific scholars and professionals committed to bilateral dialogue and a nuanced understanding of the changing perspectives on global governance in light of China's re-emergence.
Each year between 10 and 12 GEV fellows are offered the opportunity to spend two weeks in Berlin, Brussels and Torino to engage in an international conversation on the changing dynamics of international politics. The bulk of the group consists of promising young individuals coming from the Asia Pacific region, where they operate in academia, policy-making and business. A minority of European and American participants with extensive experience on Asia Pacific affairs may be admitted as well. Fellows are called upon to examine a variety of issues from different academic and policy angles, sharing analyses with their European peers and with leaders from the realms of EU policy-making, business, media and academia. The GEV fellowships offer a unique opportunity to become part of a community of young leaders committed to the deepening of mutual understanding and the forging of forward-looking ties between Europe and countries in Asia and the Pacific.
T.wai (Torino World Affairs Institute) works in close cooperation with its partners in Europe, the US and the Asia Pacific to select each fellow. Applicants are admitted based on academic merit, professional achievements and individual potential. They are drawn from some of the most relevant institutions in their region, which can become associate partners of the GEV program for that specific year. The GEV fellowship program welcomes participants in a highly competitive process and currently accepts applications and nominations from around the world with a preference for those living in Asia and the Pacific, including Australia.
During their stay in Berlin and Brussels, fellows are asked to engage in closed-doors workshops, scenario-making exercises, and public as well as closed-doors seminars. They contribute to debates on current developments in the Asia Pacific, their impact on the international order, and their relevance with regards to relations with Europe. Conversely, they are exposed to European approaches to the same issues from different political and disciplinary standpoints.
While in Italy, fellows are asked to contribute collectively and individually within the context of the TOChina Summer School, one of Europe's premier short-term, intensive courses on contemporary China's politics, political economy and foreign policy.
View the 2012 GEV program for more information on the type of content, workshops and exercises 2013 Fellows will participate in. The GEV website is expected to be updated with new information on the 2013 program in mid-February 2013.
The TOChina Summer School was established in 2007 by the Faculty of Political Science, University of Torino with the objective of offering a short, intensive course on the politics, international relations and international political economy of contemporary China.
Now at its 7th edition, the School has grown into one of Europe's best forums where to access in-depth training and engage in valuable networking with leading experts from across the world. Participants are selected through an intensive and highly competitive process; graduate and PhD students from around the world make up the core of the class every year. The training schedule comprises formal lectures, seminars, role-play exercises, workshops and informal activities held in ad hoc locations throughout Torino.
GEV fellows are plugged in at the heart of this program and are expected to benefit from the variety of activities carried out by the School's world-class faculty. Such activities include the two-day China Room Conversation conference, held in 2013 in cooperation with the Australian Centre on China in the World.
View the 2012 TOChina Summer School program for more information on the type of content, workshops and exercises 2013 Fellows will participate in. The TOChina Summer School website is expected to be updated with new information on the 2013 program in mid-February 2013.
The GEV program is organized by four Steering Partners: T.wai (with overall coordination responsibility), Mercator Stiftung, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (Brussels office) and the Australian National University.
Established in 2009 through a grant of the Compagnia di San Paolo, Italy's largest banking foundation, T.wai is an independent, non-profit institute dedicated to rigorous academic and policy-oriented research in the fields of global politics and security studies.
Stiftung Mercator is one of the largest private foundations in Germany. It pursues clearly defined objectives in its thematic clusters of integration, climate change and arts education and it achieves these objectives with a combination of advocacy and practical work.
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan American public policy institution dedicated to promoting better understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues.
The College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP) and the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) of the Australian National University (ANU) host one of the largest concentrations of China and Asia Pacific expertise globally. It fosters intensive research, education and policy engagement and has a global reputation for world-class expertise on Asia and the Pacific.
Associate partners in the 2011 edition of the Program included the Australia-China Youth Association, the Chinese Institutes for Contemporary International Relations (Beijing), the Institute of International Relations (Taipei), Nottingham University Ningbo and SIPRI.
Associate partners in the 2012 edition of the Program included the the Australia-China Youth Association and the Aoyama Shachu Corporation.
The GEV Fellows group will comprise young and mid-career individuals. We seek Fellows from a range of professions who come from different countries across the globe with a preference for those living in the Asia Pacific region, including Australia. Fellows will be called upon to examine a variety of issues from different angles, sharing analyses with their European peers and with leaders from the realms of EU policy-making, business, media and academia.
Applicants will be rated against the following benchmarks:
Emerging political economy of development expert determined to be an agent of positive change» Read more
Emerging Pacific leader and United Nations Development professional.» Read more
Australian defence professional with a passion for matters of global governance.» Read more
Malaysian foreign-policy researcher with professional insights into the strategic shifts in Asia.» Read more
As the 2011 Australian GEV fellow, I am fortunate to have developed enduring relationships with a regional network of like-minded young professionals and scholars that are, or within the near future, influencing government and policy-making in their region. The GEV should not be missed by anyone taking an interest – and, especially, planning a professional commitment – in the Asia-Pacific region and European affairs. It offers a richly rewarding intellectual, cultural, social and professional opportunity to analyse our region from outside the Australasian bubble, and develop connections with key EU and regional foreign policy stakeholders.
The Global Emerging Voices (GEV) fellowship program is a two-week tour de force on EU-Asia-Pacific relations in light of the current global shift of power and China's rise. Held throughout Berlin, Brussels and Torino, the GEV culminates in a major international conference on the transformation of the Chinese polity as China moves beyond the Hu-Wen tenure.
The GEV program is unique in its capacity to bring together emerging leaders from the Asia-Pacific region. Fellows are exposed to a selection of the EU's most influential scholars, think tank analysts, businessmen and policy-makers throughout a rich combination of closed-door seminars and scenario-building exercises.
Henry Makeham holds double First Class Honours degrees in Law and Asian Studies (Chinese) from The Australian National University (ANU) where he was a Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavour Award fellow. Henry founded the Australia-China Youth Dialogue, co-founded the Australia-China Youth Association, the Australia-China Young Professionals Initiative and has served on the Editorial Boards of East Asia Forum and the Federal Law Review. Henry has been recognised as a Global Emerging Voices fellow, selected by The Lowy Institute for International Policy as one of Australia's 50 New Voices on international leadership, and is a delegate invitee of the Australian Government to the inaugural 2012 Global China Dialogue.
How do I apply?
Applications for GEV 2013 are now closed.
When do applications close?
Applications close at 9.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on 17 February 2013.
When will I be notified?
All applicants, either successful or otherwise, will be notified by Friday 22 March, 2013.
What are the selection criteria?
The successful applicants will be selected on the basis of their: academic merit, professional achievements, individual potential and engagement with and/or demonstrated interest in China. Please see the selection criteria listed on this site.
What does the fellowship cover?
Fellowships will cover return air travel to and within Europe, accommodation, program activities, and meals, and ground transport for the two weeks. Fellows will be responsible for all other expenses incurred and will be asked to purchase travel insurance and – where needed – visas at their cost.
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