Conferences

What we offer

Mannkal sponsors students to attend conferences in Perth, interstate and overseas on topics such as economics, finance, law, liberty, entrepreneurship and more.

The conference experience

Attending a conference is the perfect way to prepare you for your internship application. Students are generally eligible for and attend, one conference prior to going on an internship. However, additional conference opportunities may be offered throughout the year to outstanding scholarship performers.

Mannkal covers all basic necessary expenses for the conference, administered through the student’s university. The funding includes airfares, accommodation (usually a youth hostel or equivalent), travel insurance, visa fees, any conference expenses and a small living allowance.

The application process

Applicants must submit their cover letter, resume and academic transcript. Additional documentation may be required depending on the conference. Please see the specific conference opportunity for what documents are required.

Conference scholarships are generally finalised at least one month prior to the conference.

All Mannkal scholars must be available to attend a compulsory pre-departure briefing with Mannkal to ensure that they are completely prepared, and a post-scholarship de-brief to share what they have learned.

Applications are accepted and assessed on continual, rolling basis throughout the year. Candidates who submit their application early have a higher likelihood of receiving a conference scholarship.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for a Mannkal scholarship, you must:

– Currently be enrolled as an undergraduate or postgraduate student at a Western Australian university;

– Hold either Australian citizenship or permanent residency*

– Be based in Western Australia.

*International students are unfortunately not eligible for Mannkal scholarships; in very rare circumstances, an exception may be made. However, international students are very welcome to attend any of our seminars and events.

Attendance and participation at our seminars and other events is a requirement. 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 volunteer positions benefit from a formal study of economics and public policy, although a keen interest and awareness of the philosophical concepts behind these subjects is more important.

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 28 - March 1, 2019

 

About the Conference:

The big solution to global poverty is smaller than you think, but it requires a new philanthropic strategy to change the way we see ourselves and those we hope to help. Are you interested in breaking down barriers to alleviate poverty? If so, apply to attend the Atlas Network’s 2019 Asia Liberty Forum in Colombo, Sri Lanka from February 28 – March 1, 2019, with Mannkal. There may also be an opportunity to undertake a short-term placement with a local partner think tank in Sri Lanka prior to the conference.

 

The Asia Liberty Forum brings together friends of the freedom movement across Asia to discuss challenges facing the region and how to empower individuals to bring themselves out of poverty through free-market reforms. You will learn from distinguished speakers and participate in interactive sessions to strengthen civil society efforts to move public policy in the direction of greater freedom.

 

You have the power to make a difference. With your help, we can permanently combat the root causes of poverty. Together, we can do development aid differently.

 

How to Apply:

To apply please email the following documents to Scholarships Coordinator, Sharni Cutajar, analyst@mannkal.org:

 

1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae (up to two pages) including photograph (within CV)

 

2. Cover letter

 Points to consider for your application:
– What it is about the conference specifically that interests you? Which speakers and philosophies?
– What do you want to learn? What will you do with that knowledge?
– Why should you be chosen for this particular opportunity?’

 

3. Your answers to the following questions*:

a. How should we fight poverty in third world countries?

b. Are property rights important in the creation of wealth?

c. Is there an inherent conflict between serving people and earning profit?

 

4. Academic transcript clearly stating your name (unofficial copy is sufficient).

 

Additional documentation may be required depending on the conference.

 

*Please answer the three (3) questions in no more than three (3) pages in total and attach as a separate PDF document to your application email.


All successful applicants must be available for a pre-departure seminar at 11am on Monday, January 21st and a de-briefing at 11am on Monday, March 11th.

 

Applications closed on 6th January.

 

Application outcomes will be announced in mid-January.

March 6 - 9, 2019

* This is a bonus opportunity! All students, past and present, are invited to apply (including Mannkal alumni).

 

About:

Join the Mannkal team for a jammed-packed and exciting Liberty Week in early March. Successful applicants will have access to all events as part of their Mannkal scholarship. Successful applicants must be available to attend all events during Liberty Week. Here's a sneak peek of what's on:

 

Wednesday, 6th March:

  • Mannkal’s Emerging Leaders Showcase (6PM – 8.30PM – UWA Club, The University of Western Australia)
    • We welcome back our 2018 scholars, their parents, Mannkal Ambassadors and supporters, our university associates and global think tank partners and guests for a fun night of (brief) speeches and networking. Our annual John Hyde Scholar Prize will be awarded to Mannkal’s top performing scholar of 2018.

 

Thursday, 7th March:

  • Seminar: ‘Is Government Really Necessary?’ Philosophical, Political and Commercial Insights from 3 Liberty Experts (9.30am-11.30am, Mannkal office in Subiaco)
    • A vigorous discussion with Australia's best libertarian minds.
  • Centre for Independent Studies: ‘Student Pitch’ Competition (invitation only) (6pm-8pm, venue TBA)
    • A fun student competition with judges and prizes.

 

Friday, 8th March:

  • Guided tour of Parliament House (11.45am - 1pm, Harvest Tce, Perth)
    • Participants will have the opportunity to visit the chamber floor of both the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly.
  • Guided tour of the Constitutional Centre of Western Australia (CCWA) (1.30pm - 2.30pm, Cnr Havelock St and Parliament Pl)
    • The CCWA was established to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to learn more about the federal system of State and Commonwealth and to explore current issues.

 

  • LibertyFest Cocktail Party (6.30PM- 9PM, The Duxton Hotel)
    • Kick off the weekend in style at the Duxton Hotel for the official opening of the LibertyFest conference.

 

Saturday, 9th March:

  • LibertyFest full-day conference with Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony (8:30AM – 11PM, The Duxton Hotel, Perth CBD)
    • LibertyFest is a free-thinking speaker and entertainment event operated by Libertyworks, a not-for-profit organisation, and its sponsors and partners. LibertyFest is for everyone who believes that our basic freedoms are under threat from authoritarians and big government and that the removal of those freedoms makes it more difficult to flourish, to grow, to earn and to truly live life.

 

How to Apply:

To apply please email the following documents to Scholarships Coordinator, Sharni Cutajar, analyst@mannkal.org:

 

  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae (up to two pages) including photograph (within CV)

 

  1. Cover letter

 Points to consider for your application:
– What it is about the conference specifically that interests you? Which speakers and philosophies?
– What do you want to learn? What will you do with that knowledge?
– Why should you be chosen for this particular opportunity?’

 

  1. Academic transcript clearly stating your name (unofficial copy is sufficient).

 

Additional documentation may be required depending on the conference.


All successful applicants must be available for a pre-departure seminar prior and a de-briefing after conference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 6 - 27, 2019

 

About the Conference:
Are you interested in a career in international affairs or business? Do you want to discuss complex contemporary issues in a diverse academic setting? Are you eager to visit Hong Kong, a modern city built on an ancient civilization, where cultures intersect and East meets West? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, the Asia Institute for Political Economy (AIPE) is the program for you. Stand out in the competitive global job market and in graduate school admissions by gaining invaluable international experience this summer!

 

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) has organized international academic programs for more than 20 years. Our objective is to provide a rigorous academic experience, foster dialogues that cross borders, and create a global network of responsible future leaders.

 

AIPE is a unique program that brings together approximately 65 students from across Asia and the United States together to explore fundamental issues related to political economy and government. The combination of educational, cultural, and social exchange will allow participants to explore challenging ideas, form life-long friendships, and will greatly benefit their educational and professional development.

 

How to Apply:

To apply please email the following documents to Scholarships Coordinator, Sharni Cutajar, analyst@mannkal.org:

 

1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae (up to two pages) including photograph (within CV)

 

2. Cover letter

Points to consider for your application:
– What it is about the conference specifically that interests you? Which speakers and philosophies?
– What do you want to learn? What will you do with that knowledge?
– Why should you be chosen for this particular opportunity?’

 

3. Your answers to the following questions*:

(a) In your view, what is the proper role of government?

(b) What is your understanding of “libertarianism” or “classical liberalism”?

(c) Should the government raise taxes to fund deficits? If not – why, and what else can it do?

 

4. Academic transcript clearly stating your name (unofficial copy is sufficient).

 

Additional documentation may be required depending on the conference.

 

*Please answer the three (3) questions in no more than three (3) pages in total and attach as a separate PDF document to your application email.

 

All successful applicants must be available for a pre-departure seminar and a de-briefing session.

 

Applicated closed 17th December.

 

19-22 May

 

About the Conference:

The conference theme, "Contentious Issues in Classical Liberalism," is intended to push the boundaries of how we understand the science of liberty. The goal is to create a dialogue on the cutting edge of classical liberalism that will push everyone’s comfort zone and force them to evaluate alternative positions of how to best promote and preserve classical liberal values. MPS believes this follows closely in the spirit of society’s objective “by facilitating the exchange of views among minds inspired by certain ideals and broad conceptions held in common, to contribute to the preservation and improvement of the free society.”

The conference will be held at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Fast-growing Dallas-Fort Worth is the 4th largest metropolitan area in the United States and boasts a diverse array of businesses and cultural attractions. Located in the heart of North America, Dallas-Fort Worth sits at the crossroads of the new global economy with direct access to dozens of the world's great cities.

 

How to Apply:

To apply please email the following documents to Scholarships Coordinator, Sharni Cutajar, analyst@mannkal.org:

 

1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae (up to two pages)

 

2. Current headshot

 

3. Cover letter

Points to consider for your application (in your cover letter):
– What it is about the conference specifically that interests you? Which speakers and philosophies?
– What do you want to learn? What will you do with that knowledge?
– Why should you be chosen for this particular opportunity?’

 

4. Your answers to the following questions* (these questions are based on the conference theme):

(a) Does the nation-state have the right to limit immigration? If so, what is the best immigration policy?

(b) How should a free society regulate sex, drugs, science, etc.? Should we attempt to centrally manage a classically liberal culture?

(c) Criminals and hostile foreign nations are threats to liberty, but so is the nation-state. Do police protect or impinge on our liberties? Is an aggressive foreign policy consistent with liberty or not?

5. Academic transcript clearly stating your name (unofficial copy is sufficient).

 

Additional documentation may be required depending on the conference.

 

*Please answer the three (3) questions in no more than three (3) pages in total (max. 1 page per question) and attach as a separate PDF document to your application email.

 

All successful applicants must be available for a pre-departure and a de-briefing meeting.

 

Pre-departure meeting: 11am - 12.30pm on Tuesday, 23rd April

De-briefing meeting: 10am - 11.30pm on Monday, 17th June

 

Applications close Sunday, 24th March.

23-26 May

From humble beginnings, the Australian Libertarian Society Friedman Conference has grown to become the largest free market, pro-liberty conference in the Asia-Pacific Region and this year they are partnering with the World Taxpayers Associations to host the 17th Biennial Conference to make 2019’s Friedman Conference the #1 pro-liberty event of the year!

Started in 2013, as a joint initiative between the Australian Libertarian Society & the Australian Taxpayers' Alliance, the conference has become the "must attend" event for anyone interested in small government, free markets, and liberty. It attracts an audience of senior policymakers, academics, business leaders, and the best and brightest of Australia's activist community.

In May 2019 The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance in partnership with Tax & Super Australia, a founding member of the World Taxpayers Association, are inviting delegates from all over the world to join us in Sydney for four days exchanging ideas and best practices with the worlds leading advocates for smaller government.

The conference will be an unparalleled opportunity to hear from the world’s leading academic experts, as well as campaign & communication strategists. In addition, participants will enjoy social and networking events including a waterside Gala Dinner and a leisurely cruise through the Majestic Sydney Harbour, and an optional wine tasting tour the Monday following the conference through one of the worlds greatest wine regions, the spectacular Hunter Valley!

The 2019 Conference is set to once more break all records as the largest free-market gathering - not just in Australia - but in the entire Asia Pacific Region of all time, so get your application in today!

The conference will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Tax & Super Australia, the world’s oldest taxpayer group and we look forward to you joining us for this historic event!

Click here for the latest speaker announcements.

 

How to Apply:

To apply please email the following documents to Scholarships Coordinator, Sharni Cutajar, analyst@mannkal.org:

 

1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae (up to two pages)

 

2. Current headshot

 

3. Cover letter

Points to consider for your application (in your cover letter):
– What it is about the conference specifically that interests you? Which speakers and philosophies?
– What do you want to learn? What will you do with that knowledge?
– Why should you be chosen for this particular opportunity?’

 

4. Academic transcript clearly stating your name (unofficial copy is sufficient).

 

Additional documentation may be required depending on the conference.

 

All successful applicants must be available for a pre-departure and a de-briefing meeting.

 

Pre-departure meeting: 11am - 12.30pm on Monday, 29th April

De-briefing meeting: 12pm - 1.30pm on Monday, 17th June

 

Applications close Sunday, 31st March.

 

 

 

June 6 - 10, 2019

 

About the Conference:

The 35th Liberty International World Conference 2019 in Ulaanbaatar is looking forward to a gathering of libertarians and freedom lovers from all over the world. It is an essential platform for sharing ideas of the best and brightest minds in the liberty movement, energizing each other through networking and friendships.

The main goal of the conference is to introduce current libertarian points of interest to an already liberty-oriented audience with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. Networking is key for the advancement of the worldwide freedom movement. The conference will touch upon various topics –ranging from theory to practical case-studies based on the experiences of entrepreneurs and activists. The conference will be divided into lectures with Q&A sessions, panel discussions, and most importantly casual networking activities.

The conference will take place over the course of four days, with a guided tour available on June 10th.

As a Mannkal Scholar, there may additional opportunities prior to the conference to help the various think tank and organisers (on location).

 

How to Apply:

To apply please email the following documents to Scholarships Coordinator, Sharni Cutajar, analyst@mannkal.org:

 

1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae (up to two pages) including photograph (within CV)

 

2. Cover letter

 Points to consider for your application:
– What it is about the conference specifically that interests you? Which speakers and philosophies?
– What do you want to learn? What will you do with that knowledge?
– Why should you be chosen for this particular opportunity?’

 

3. Your answers to the following questions*:

a. How should we fight poverty in third world countries?

b. In your view, what is the proper role of government in the market place?

 

4. Academic transcript clearly stating your name (unofficial copy is sufficient).

 

Additional documentation may be required depending on the conference.

 

*Please answer the two (2) questions in no more than two (2) pages in total and attach as a separate PDF document to your application email.

 

Successful applicants must be available for a pre-departure briefing on 15th April as well as a post-conference briefing on 17th June.

 

Applications close on 17th March.

 

Application outcomes will be announced in early April.

 

2018

LibertyFest - Brisbane

Samuel Griffith Society Conference - Brisbane

ALS Friedman Conference - Sydney

Asia Liberty Forum - Jakarta