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SSI and the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) are seeking expressions of interest for the Young Refugee Women Scholarship Program to attend, and actively participate in, the National Multicultural Women’s Conference 2016—Influencing Change: Vision and Impact.


Applications are now open to young women from refugee backgrounds.

The Conference will be held on November 3 and 4, 2016, at Parkroyal Parramatta, Sydney.

Up to three participants will be selected for the Program. They will be supported by representatives from FECCA and SSI to navigate the Conference sessions and explore issues of interest, discuss their emerging ideas with experienced actors in the sector, network with inspirational women, and establish connections for the future.

At the closing session of the conference, the participants will share their insights on the key topics explored throughout the two-day event, their individual learnings, and how they will translate that knowledge into their future endeavours.

Expressions of interest are sought from women, aged 18 to 30, who came to Australia as refugees. We particularly encourage applications from young women who are keen to engage with the multicultural and settlement sectors, and who are otherwise unable to attend the Conference due to financial reasons.

Please submit a maximum of 300 words, or 3-minute video expression of interest, explaining why you are the ideal candidate for the Program, how you would benefit from participating, and how you would apply the experience in your future activities.

Don’t forget to include your travel requirements in the application.

All expressions of interest must be submitted by 5pm, Wednesday, 10 August, AEST, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To submit use the subject line: Young Refugee Women Scholarship Program Expression of Interest. If you have any questions or comments, please contact FECCA Communications Advisor Lavanya Kala at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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