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Global Youth Academy membership call for 2021 is open now (Attend Annual General Meeting in Japan)

Submit your application before 15 September 2020, 10 pm UTC.

Applications are sought from young, independent scholars who combine the highest level of research excellence with a demonstrated passion for delivering impact.

The GYA is a global organisation that places a high value on its diversity. They encourage applications from all qualified candidates. All applicants receive consideration and will not be discriminated against with regard to race, colour, ethnicity, religion, creed, sex, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disabilities, or other factors. They especially encourage women and applicants from different minority groups, and from diverse disciplines including the natural, physical and social sciences as well as the arts and humanities and people working in government, industry, and non-governmental sectors to apply. 

Reasons to apply for the Global Young Academy (GYA)

1. You want to make an impact in the world and engage, outside the walls of the lab,

academia or industry. We are in a particular historical moment where young people,

especially young scientists, need to engage to create new and innovative solutions to

the world’s environmental and social problems.

2. You want to be continuously inspired. The GYA is full of amazing people from widely

varying backgrounds, who have been called “the leaders of tomorrow”. The

connections you will make and the learning opportunities are immense – if you put the

energy in, you will benefit greatly.

3. You love to interact with and learn from people from different cultures, disciplines,

and backgrounds. The GYA is for you! Diversity is one of the main attractions of the

GYA, you will learn so much from people as diverse as the world itself. It will broaden

your vision of the world around you. Diversity of views can be challenging, allows for

more creativity, innovation and novel solutions to world challenges.

4. You think the conditions and opportunities of young researchers can be improved

and you want to make your voice heard. There are similar challenges for many young

researchers around the world. Working together in the GYA allows us to create and

innovate the ways we can represent young researchers in many different areas. There

are also specific issues that affect less well-represented regions that need to be known,

so every voice counts. We want to hear your suggestions for better solutions.

5. You want a global network and to represent the voice of young researchers to

influential global bodies like the United Nations and the Inter-Academies Partnership.

GYA activities range from fundamental research collaborations through to policy



Research fields: The call is open to all scholars working in any research-based discipline, including the natural, physical and social sciences, as well as the arts and humanities.

Excellence: Applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of excellence in their discipline, ascertained by a proven track record and expected future achievements. Moreover, applicants must demonstrate a clear commitment to making a difference in society. PhD or equivalent is a requirement for applicants.

Impact: The Global Young Academy is committed to a broad range of programmes around the world to support young scholars, promote science to a broad audience, engage in policy debate, and foster international and interdisciplinary collaboration. Applicants should provide evidence of interest or experience in one or more of these areas.

Age/career point: Applicants should be in the early to middle years of their independent careers, i.e. approximately 7 years from PhD and aged 30-40. Applicants falling outside these ranges are still invited to send their applications with a justification for why they should be considered.

Expectations: Each GYA member is expected to attend the GYA Annual General Meeting each year and is also expected to actively contribute to one or more of the organisation’s programmes, which include participation in policy development, promotion of National Young Academies, supporting science outreach and education at the national and international levels, and the young scientist ambassador programme. The GYA is an active organisation, and being a member requires a time commitment on each member’s part. In the event that applicants are selected as new GYA members, they should be available to attend the next Annual General Meeting, which is scheduled for 16 – 21 May 2021 in Japan.

Application Process

Applications should be completed personally by the candidate and must be accompanied by a letter of support. Completing the application takes about 30 minutes, the form can be saved at any time and processed later. So that you can prepare well, you can find here essay questions in advance as a download.

Online application form This form asks for basic biographical information and includes several short essay questions. The online application form, as well as the support documents, need to be written in English. The following documents must be uploaded with your online application, as PDF documents:

  1. CV Maximum length of 4 pages. The Selection Committee members are instructed to ignore any material over the 4-page limit. Your CV should contain a brief education and employment history and make your achievements clear to a general audience. For example, a few words summarising your most significant publications are more useful than a complete list of every paper that you have authored.

  2. Letter(s) of support Please arrange for the submission of at least one letter of support for your application. Your referee(s) should be familiar with your research career and able to comment on your standing as one of your country’s leading academics. If possible, one letter should come from your national academy or equivalent body. If this is not possible, or you wish to supply additional letters of recommendation, these should come from your employer, research institution, or other professional people familiar with your work. Personal or character references are not required. Letters should be written personally by your referee(s) in their own words. Please supply the document “Instructions for Referees” (below) to your referees.

  3. Data Protection / Declaration / signature of applicant Download document here.


Application Form 2020

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