2014 Liberty and Society Student Conference
Registrations Open for 2014 Liberty and Society Student Conference
Do you like to challenge yourself, question the way decisions are made and think seriously about the future of Australia and New Zealand? If you're a young person with an interest in classical liberal ideas, don't miss your chance to attend the 2014 Liberty and Society Student Conference!
The conference will be held from 11-13 April 2014.
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The Mannkal Economic Education Foundation is looking for suitable students to apply for scholarships to intern at a range of internationally recognised research foundations and think-tanks. All internships are financially supported through the Mannkal scholarship programme and open to enthusiastic young undergraduates. There are opportunities in the 2014 mid-year university break and in January/February 2015
The Lion Rock Institute Internship, Hong Kong
July 2014 and Early December to End January 2015 (students may return to Perth for Christmas at their own cost)
The successful applicants will work on public policy projects and learn about the workings of the most economically free country in the world (according to Heritage Foundation’s Annual Index of Economic Freedom. This internship involves work on short policy and ‘op-ed’ style pieces, while also assisting senior members of the Lion Rock team to develop their capitialism.HK quarterly publication. This internship suits a student who is interested in working in a fast paced environment, dealing with tight deadlines and a range of simultaneous projects.
If dates permit, the students selected for the below scholarships will have the opportunity to meet in Washington, DC to attend the International Students for Liberty Conference.
The Frontier Centre for Public Policy, Canada
July 2014 and Early January to Mid-February 2015
The successful applicants will experience public policy outside their own environment, attend Frontier Events and learn about the workings of one of Canada’s fastest growing think tanks, working on extensive policy papers in areas of Housing, Poverty, Health, Education, Aboriginal, Economic, Local Government, and Environmental policy. This internship will suit a student with an interest in state-level public policy issues who is able to work independently with a friendly, small think-tank across a range of Canadian cities.
The Fraser Institute, Canada
July 2014 and Early January to Mid-February 2015
The successful applicants will have the opportunity to assist the Institute to compile research for policy publications and work closely with the Institute’s policy staff, focusing on mining and resource policies. The students will have the opportunity to gain practical experience in forming and articulating policy ideas on a range of topics, including Education, Health, Urban Issues and Canada-US Relations. This internship would suit a student who is interested in researching solutions to public policy challenges in a structured setting.
The Institute for Economic Affairs
July 2014 (with an opportunity to also attend Freedom week at Cambridge University) and Second week in January 2015 for six weeks. If dates permit the students selected for the UK scholarships will have the opportunity to attend a UK or Europe based free market ideas conference
The IEA is one of the original iconic British think tanks. The successful candidates will be based at the IEA offices in Westminster and will be expected to provide office support and research support including drafting speeches and researching articles. Candidates are expected to be hard working team players with strong free market and liberal principles preferred. This internship would suit a student who is interested in getting involved in a range of activities such as research, event organisation and general administration.
The New Zealand Initiative
July 2014 and Four weeks in January 2015
The New Zealand Initiative is a think tank based in Wellington, New Zealand which works to promote good public policy through a competitive, open and dynamic economy. The successful applicants will be required to provide office support and assist with writing and research. This internship would suit students who are interested in getting involved in a range of activities such as research, event organisation and general administration.
Washington, D.C. Scholarship
July 2014 and Early January to mid-February 2015
This Mannkal program provides independent and ambitious students an opportunity to learn about the free market and libertarian ideas at a range of events, seminars and briefing sessions. Spending time in and around Washington this program will serve as an orientation to classical liberal ideas against the backdrop of one of the largest concentrations of policy institutes and think-tanks in the world.
The successful students will have the opportunity to participate in seminars and programs run by Atlas Foundation and the CATO Institute based in Washington, D.C. and will also attend the Institute for Humane Studies at the George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. The IHS was created to support the achievement of a freer society by facilitating the development of talented students who share an interest in liberty.
While the program will be finalised upon the selection of the successful students, a tentative agenda for January 2015 is as follows:
- Early January (Arrive in the US)
- January/early February: Attend Atlas, CATO and other Washington-based seminars as well as a potential short course at the Institute for Humane Studies
- February : Students for Liberty Conference (with other Mannkal Scholars from other North American cities)
- February: Washington Meetings and Seminars (with other Mannkal Scholars from other North American cities)
- Program concludes late February
It is expected that there will be other, yet to be confirmed courses and potential travel outside Washington.
How to Apply
To apply please email the following documents to Becky Vidler firstname.lastname@example.org
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae (up to two pages) including photograph (within CV)
- Statement of Academic Record (an unofficial transcript is sufficient)
- Cover Letter (1 page) detailing why you would like to be selected for a scholarship
- Please write on only one of the opportunities on offer. Applicants who progress through to the interview stage of the selection process will be considered for all scholarship opportunities.
These scholarships are open to all Western Australian undergraduate students. Above all, Mannkal values entrepreneurialism and enthusiasm for a free and open society. We consider students from across all faculties and departments. Course marks are one consideration, but this should not exclude students who have made contributions in other areas. Some of these internships benefit from formal study of economics and public policy, although a keen interest and awareness of the philosophical concepts behind these subjects is more important. We are looking for students who are interested in the future of Western Australia and Australia and who would gain from seeing how applying free market and libertarian ideas can improve the lives of all citizens.