What you need to know about applying for the Australia India Youth Dialogue (AIYD)

Australia India Youth Dialogue
Previous AIYD Delegates.


Each year, the Australia India Youth Dialogue (AIYD) gets bigger and better, bringing young Australian and Indian leaders in their fields together and helping to find innovative ways to strengthen the partnership between Australia and India.

If you have a strong commitment to the Australia India relationship, are building your career in the field or are a leader in your own field and want to increase your connections with India or Australia, then the AIYD is for you.


What’s the AIYD all about?

The AIYD hosts 15 of the best and brightest young minds from each country at an annual conference, held in India and Australia in alternate years.

The conference is packed with great seminars, guest speakers, site visits and opportunities to connect and collaborate with fellow delegates. Each part of the conference is designed to increase participants’ insights into the value of engagement between India and Australia and to encourage the leaders of tomorrow to think innovatively about issues that will shape Australia and India.

AIYD chooses people from a variety of professions and backgrounds that reflect the potential areas of collaboration between the two countries to participate in the conference. As one of the few multidisciplinary conferences of its type, the chance to discuss and explore your interest area with leaders in the field is the conference’s main drawcard.

Fostering collaboration and new initiatives is a big focus of the conference. AIYD aims to give you the opportunity not just to pursue your ideas with other delegates but meet and connect with relevant government agencies, businesses and organisations active in the Australia India space. And it doesn’t stop at the conference. Being an AIYD alumni can help support your ambition and ideas to shape the Australia India relationship well beyond the few days of the conference.


How can you apply?

Before you start, you must be:

  • be a citizen of Australia or of India with a valid passport
  • be between 18 – 40 years old at the start of the conference
  • available to attend all days of the conference
  • be interested in and continue to contribute to the Australia India relationship.

In line with the objective of the dialogue, the AIYD is looking for applicants who are passionate about helping to shape the Australia India relationship. AIYD is truly multidisciplinary. You may already be contributing directly to connecting Australia and India or you may be a leader in your own field with a desire to learn and connect more with Australia or India.

In your application, you will need to clearly articulate why you want to take part, what you expect to gain and what you will bring to AIYD.

You will need to explain how you will contribute to one or more of the AIYD core themes, which in 2017 were:

  1. Innovation: collaboration and entrepreneurship between Australia and India
  2. Health futures: Responding to opportunities and risks for our changing health systems
  3. Investing in youth: Education, skills and employment
  4. Culture: Connecting Australia and India through arts and culture

Head to the AIYD website to apply.

For more insight into AIYD read The Australia India Youth Dialogue in review: My first time at the cricket


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