Orygen Global Youth Mental Health Advocacy Fellowship

Orygen Global Youth Mental Health Advocacy Fellowship

Applications are now open for the Orygen Global Youth Mental Health Advocacy Fellowship. Applications close Sunday 6 February 2022 11:59PM AEDT/ 12:59PM UTC.

The Orygen Global Youth Mental Health Advocacy Fellowship is a seven-month virtual program for up to 16 young people from around the globe who are passionate about youth mental health and want to create change in the mental health landscape of their country.

The fellowship has been established to build the capacity, skills and voices of young people to create positive change in mental health awareness, policy and systems reform.  It will provide fellows with a range of skills and support them to further develop their youth mental health advocacy project plan, designed around the needs of their communities.

The fellowship modules follow the five sections outlined in the Global Youth Mental Health Advocacy Toolkit , which was developed by Orygen as part of the Global Youth Mental Health Partnership project with the World Economic Forum.

The fellowship will consist of five modes of learning:

  1. Education modules are a core part of the fellowship and will be the platform to develop knowledge and insights for mental health advocacy. Each of the five education modules will be composed of lectures, panel discussions and/or practical workshops. These will be mostly live. Each module aims to build on each other and will include a strong emphasis on fellow interaction. Education modules will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Defining mental ill-health, advocacy and personal development;
  • Module 2: Safety in advocacy and sharing your personal mental health story;
  • Module 3: Preparing for advocacy and developing a proposal for change;
  • Module 4-5: Doing advocacy; and
  • Module 6: After advocacy, creating sustainable change.
  1. Expert mentoring: is used as a space for fellows to develop skills and expertise tailored to each fellow’s learning needs. These skills and expertise will help to equip the fellow with the resources and networks to enact their proposal for change. Mentoring will involve the fellow and mentor meeting monthly and is designed to be dynamic, personal and informal. 
  2. Peer mentoring:  is an invaluable opportunity for the fellows to provide each other with strategic and emotional support. Fellows from diverse backgrounds and geographical areas will be paired together and will meet monthly.
  3. Contact with leaders in global youth mental health: Beyond the impact of implementing their own proposal for change, fellows will be able to network with leaders in youth mental health from around the world.
  4. Contribution: One component of the fellowship is experiential learning, which allows fellows to engage with the established work of Orygen.

How much time is involved?

The fellowship is a 7-month program due to start in March 2022. Fellows will need to be able to commit approximately 8-10 hours of time each month to fellowship activities. This will vary from month to month but will include a combination of educational modules and individual or group-based work.

Between the modules the fellows will maintain contact via an online platform to network, collaborate and share information and resources. It is expected that fellows will participate regularly in these discussions.

This is a global program and as such times may vary to accommodate different time zones of the fellows and presenters/partners. Sessions may occur very late at night or early in the morning.


We would love to hear from you if you:

  • are aged 18-30 years-old (at the time of application);
  • self-identify as having lived experience of mental ill-health personally or through family members or friends; or have a specific interest or skill in youth mental health;
  • are from anywhere in the world. We are especially keen to hear from people in low and middle- income countries;
  • you are able to challenge and offer suggestions for developing and implementing a variety of projects; 
  • have a clearly defined problem related to youth mental health you wish to address and a viable advocacy plan on how you might address this problem.

All fellowship material will be provided in English.

We recognise that young people have varying identities of gender, culture, race, location, sexuality and ability, and we are committed to working in partnership with people of all backgrounds and identities to ensure that Orygen Global is responsive and inclusive.

Note: Lived experience of mental ill-health is welcome but not required. You will be in control of how and how much you wish to share your personal story; we will provide you tools to make this decision safely and strategically.

How do I apply?

If you’re interested, please complete the application form below.

Applications for the Orygen Global Youth Mental Health Advocacy Fellowship must be completed and received by Sunday 6 February 2022 11:59PM AEDT/ 12:59PM UTC.
Short-listed applicants will be contacted by email or phone to organise an interview. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email.

Financial support for participation in the fellowship will be discussed on a case by case basis with successful applicants.

Applications must be completed in English.


If you have any questions or need assistance to complete your application, please refer to the FAQ or contact:

Corinne Rugolo
Global Fellowship Project Coordinator, Orygen Global
Email: globalfellowship@orygen.org.au    

Application form

Please include international country code
You must currently be aged between 18 and 30 to apply
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Do you identify as having/had mental ill-health?*:

Do you have a family member who has/had mental ill-health?*:

Do you identify as First Nations or Indigenous?*:

Refer to the FAQ below for a definition of First Nations and Indigenous
Do you identify as LGBITQA+?*:

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Do you speak languages other than English at home?:

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Q: Do I have to speak English?

All fellowship material will be provided only in English and participants are expected to contribute verbally and in writing in English. However, we welcome applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Q: Will we have the opportunity to meet in person?

The 2022 program will be fully virtual. In light of current public health realities, it is highly unlikely that we will host an in-person convening during the program. As a result, there is no travel required for this program.

Q: Will there be additional work required outside of the program sessions?

You will be required to work on your advocacy project throughout the fellowship, outside of sessions. In particular during the project planning month (month four), there will be no structured sessions, however, it is expected you will be working on your advocacy project. 

Occasionally, we may ask you to do some preparatory or follow-up work for a session such as reading an article or watching a video. However, we understand that many leaders are working full-time and/or have other personal and professional commitments. We will try to keep additional work to a minimum.

Q: What if I need to miss some sessions?

To participate in the fellowship, we ask that you make every effort to attend all of the education modules (approximately 3-4 sessions per module, 8-12 hours per module). We understand that the program requires a significant and extended time commitment, and that both personal and professional circumstances may occasionally prevent you from joining sessions. These circumstances will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Q: I don’t have a laptop or reliable internet access. Will I be able to fully participate in the program?

You will need access to a computer with a camera and a reliable internet connection to fully participate in the program. However, if you face technical barriers, we strongly encourage you to apply and to let us know what kind of support you require. We will do our best to accommodate your needs, but please understand that we may not be able to accommodate all situations.

Q: I have a disability. Will the fellowship make accommodations to ensure that I can fully participate in the program?

We are committed to making this program accessible to leaders with disabilities. We encourage applicants with disabilities to apply and to let us know what kind of support you would require to enable your full participation in the program. We will always strive to meet your needs as best we can.

Q: What does LGBTIQA+ mean?

LGBTIQA+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, asexual, agender, aromantic, and other diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.

Q: What does First Nations or Indigenous mean?

Amnesty International and the United Nations outline that Indigenous Peoples can be identified according to certain characteristics including:

  • self-identifying as Indigenous Peoples;
  • having a historical link with those who inhabited a country or region at the time when people of different cultures or ethnic origins arrived i.e. historical continuity with pre-colonial and/or pre-settler societies;
  • having a strong link to territories and surrounding natural resources;
  • having distinct social, economic or political systems;
  • having distinct language, culture and beliefs;
  • are marginalised and discriminated against by the state or form non-dominant groups of society; and
  • they maintain and reproduce their ancestral environments and systems as distinct peoples and communities.

Q: How do I upload my video for the application and what are the video guidelines?

 We would love for you to upload a very brief video introducing yourself and explaining why you would like to be part of the Global Youth Mental Health Advocacy Fellowship. Your video should be 90 seconds maximum. This could be a very basic video shot on a smartphone and uploaded to a file sharing service or on YouTube. If you upload your video to YouTube, please select the visibility status as ‘unlisted’. Other recommended file sharing services that you could use include WeTransfer and Dropbox.