Global Youth Mental Health Advocacy Fellowship

Global Youth Mental Health Advocacy Fellowship

Applications for the 2021 Orygen Youth Advocacy Fellowship are now closed.

The Orygen Global Youth Mental Health Advocacy Fellowship is a six-month virtual program for 10 young people from across 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.

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.

The Fellowship will consist of five modes of learning:

1. Education and training modules: The education modules are a core part of the fellowship and will be the platform to develop knowledge and insights for mental health advocacy. Fellows will learn nuances of developing a proposal for change, sharing lived experience of mental ill-health, and creating sustainable change. Each of the five education modules will be composed of lectures, panel discussions and/or practical workshops. These may be live or pre-recorded lectures. Each module aims to build on each other and will include a strong emphasis on fellow interaction. Education modules will cover the following topics:

  • Month 1: Defining mental ill-health, advocacy and personal development;
  • Month 2: Safety in advocacy and sharing your personal mental health story;
  • Month 3: Preparing for advocacy and developing a proposal for change;
  • Month 4-5: Doing advocacy; and
  • Month 6: After advocacy, creating sustainable change.

2. Mentoring: Mentoring will be 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. 

3. Peer support: Peer-to-peer support 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.

4. 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 all around the world.

5. Contribution: One component of the fellowship will be experiential learning, which allows fellows to engage with the established work of Orygen.


The fellowship is a 6-month program. Fellows should aim to devote 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.

WHO can apply?

We would love to hear from you if you:

  • are aged 17-30-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, a viable advocacy idea as to how you might approach it and the background and motivation needed to go forward; and
  • you have permission from your parent/guardian to participate in the fellowship if you are under 18 years old.

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 is responsive and inclusive.

Orygen aims to provide equitable access to young people from around the world to participate in this Fellowship program. Orygen acknowledges that young people may encounter a range of barriers to participating, and will work with the successful Fellows to provide the supports required to help with participation. Examples of these supports may include (but are not limited to) providing a data allowance, or reimbursement for transport or childcare costs where these are necessary in order for you to participate in the Fellowship. If you have questions or would like to have a confidential conversation about the supports available, please contact Corinne Rugolo, Global Fellowship Project Coordinator, via


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 28 March 2021.

Short-listed applicants will be contacted by email or phone to organise an interview. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email.


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

Corinne Rugolo
Global Fellowship Project Coordinator, Orygen Global