Applications Open for Queen’s Young Leaders Award Programme!

Deadline: 21 August 2017

The Queen’s Young Leaders is inviting applicants for its Queen’s Young Leader Award that recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.


  • Mentoring
    • As a Queen’s Young Leader applicants will be allocated a mentor with relevant experience and expertise who will support them over the course of the year to continue and develop their work.
  • Online learning
    • Online learning will be provided with materials relevant to applicant’s area of interest, as well as serving as a place for them to meet and share experiences and knowledge with other Queen’s Young Leaders. The online training course, ‘Leading Change’ is a year-long programme that leads them through topics including leadership, marketing, management and entrepreneurship as well as those vital skills such as time management, confidence building and stress relief. They’ll speak to experts from around the world and learn from case studies of other global young leaders.
  • One-week residential programme in the UK
    • The 60 Award winners will have the opportunity to meet with inspiring people and visit organisations in the UK that have expertise in areas such as media and communications, social action and advocacy. During this week, Awards will be presented by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants need to have proven experience of working to improve their communities locally, regionally or at a national level and be able to show evidence of their achievements.
  • Applicants must be aged between 18 and 29 throughout 2018; applicants date of birth must fall between 1st January 1989 – 1st January 2000;
  • Applicants must be citizens of and working in a Commonwealth country or citizens of an Overseas Territories (of a Commonwealth Member).
  • Applicants need to demonstrate evidence of their leadership qualities.
  • All applicants need to be supported by a suitable referee (a professional in one of the following occupations; a teacher or counsellor; a registered physician or nurse; a church or community leader; social worker or family services; or business leader). Referees must not be related to applicants.
  • Priority will be given to individuals who have overcome challenges to achieve their goals.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

Eligible Countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados,  Belize, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, Zambia

For more information, please visit Queen’s Young Leaders Programme.


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