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Applications for Masterclasses now open

Published 02 Sep 2014

As part of the 2014 National Conference the Australian Institute of International Affairs will be conducting Masterclasses for future leaders in international affairs. The Masterclasses will be held on Sunday 26 October at the AIIA’s National Office in Canberra.

Masterclasses are an opportunity for students and young professionals to engage in an intimate discussion with a leading figure in international affairs.

These prominent experts include:

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs FAIIA, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission

Richard Smith AO PSM FAIIA, Former Secretary of the Department of Defence

Graeme Dobell FAIIA, Former ABC and Radio Australia Correspondent

Geoffrey Miller AO FAIIA, Former Australian Ambassador to Japan and former Director-General of the Office of National Assessments

Professor James Cotton FAIIA, Emeritus Professor, UNSW Canberra

Dr Janet Hunt FAIIA, former Executive director of the Australian Council for Overseas Aid (TBC)

Masterclasses are planned on the following topics:

  • Academia
  • Aid and Development
  • Defence and Security
  • Media
  • Diplomacy and Intelligence
  • International Law & Human Rights.

Successful applicants will not only engage in a dynamic discussion led by one of the AIIA’s Fellows, they will be invited to attend a reception held at Government House generously hosted by the AIIA’s patron His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of Australia.

If you want to learn from some of the most respected in the field please follow the steps below to apply or send any further enquires to

Application Process – APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

To be eligible for this opportunity you must be under the age of 40 and have registered for the AIIA National Conference.

To apply, please send the following to no later than 9 October 12pm:

  • personal statement, no longer than two pages, outlining your interest in international affairs with a heading listing yourMasterclass topic preference (up to three preferences), name, location, age, gender and AIIA membership (if applicable); and
  • A current CV or resume including contact details.

Ensure that you have registered for the National Conference no later than 9 October to be considered for the Masterclasses. No applications will be considered after this date. The AIIA National office will contact successful applicants within the week.

National Conference Prices

AIIA Student Members: $90

Student Non-Members: $125

AIIA Members: $175

Non-Members: $250

Please log in with your member details to access member ticket pricing.

Lunch, morning and afternoon tea are included in the one-day conference package.

To register go to: