Apply to Become a Queen’s Young Leader Program (Fully-funded to the UK) 2018

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The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is looking to award exceptional young people who’ve proved themselves to be inspiring leaders in their communities.

Application Deadline: 21st August 2017

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: All Commonwealth Countries

To be taken at (country): UK

About the Award: This unique, life-changing Award is comprised of a tailored package of training and mentoring. Winners will also receive a one-week residential programme in the UK, during which they will receive their Award from Her Majesty The Queen. With this support, Award winners will be expected to continue and develop the amazing work they are already doing in their communities.

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Offered Since: 2015

Type: Training

Eligibility: Each application/nomination must meet the following criteria:

  • Candidates 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.
  • Candidates 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.
  • Candidates must be aged between 18 and 29 throughout 2017; your date of birth must fall between 1st January 1988 – 1st January 1999;
  • Candidates must be citizens of and working in a Commonwealth country or citizens of an Overseas Territories (of a Commonwealth Member).
  • Candidates need to demonstrate evidence of their leadership qualities.
  • All candidates 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 you.
  • Priority will be given to individuals who have overcome challenges to achieve their goals.

Selection Process: All applications/nominations will be considered based on the young person’s achievements to date as well as their potential and future ambition. Award winners will be shortlisted by an Advisory Panel made up of young people from across the Commonwealth and a Board of advisors representing the three partners. The shortlist for Award winners will then be presented to The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme Board, which contains members from all three partner organisations, for final selection and decision.

Number of Awardees: 60

Value of Programme: 

  1. Mentoring
    As a Queen’s Young Leader candidate 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.
  2. Online learning
    Online learning will be provided with materials relevant to candidate’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.
  3. One-week residential programme in the UK
    The 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.

Duration of Programme: One (1) week programme, One (1) year mentoring.

How to Apply: Candidates who are interested should apply here

Visit Programme Webpage for details

Award Provider: The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is a partnership between The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society.


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