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In 2014 a search was launched to find exceptional young people to receive the first ever Queen’s Young Leaders Awards. Hundreds of applications flooded in from incredible young people all dedicated to making lasting change in their community and beyond. The Programme is now in its third year and continues to grow.


The Queen’s Young Leader Award 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. Winners of this prestigious Award will receive a unique package of training, mentoring and networking, including a one-week residential programme in the UK during which they will collect 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.


As well as awarding inspirational young people, Queen’s Young Leaders Grants will be made to organisations in selected Commonwealth countries that can show they are improving the lives of young people. Our vision is to provide opportunities for young people to learn new skills, enter employment and give them a voice in their communities. All our funding has now been allocated and applications for grants are closed.

For more information about the Grants programme, please see our FAQs.

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  • Don't forget - #TheSearchIsOn for the last ever #QueensYoungLeaders Here's comedian Adam Hills with a reminder of how to apply... #leadership
  • Applications for the last ever #QueensYoungLeaders have only been open for 10 days and they are already flooding in! Go to queensyoungleaders.com to apply.
  • #TheSearchIsOn for the last ever #QueensYoungLeaders - *almost* perfect timing there @liampayne and @caspar_lee 😂🤚🏻If you're aged 18-29, living in a Commonwealth country and making lasting change in your community, apply at queensyoungleaders.com
  • Are you aged 18-29, from a Commonwealth country and changing the community you live in? Then @davidbeckham has a message for you... #TheSearchIsOn
  • The Search Is On!
  • Look who bumped into each other in the Blue Drawing Room in Buckingham Palace - it's @caspar_lee and @liampayne #QueensYoungLeaders
  • HRH Prince Harry greets @itsanitarani @caspar_lee and @gomofarah before giving at speech to the #QueensYoungLeaders
  • The #QueensYoungLeaders are getting used to some typical British weather! #rainyday
  • The #QueensYoungLeaders have arrived at @bbc and @bbcworldservice ready for a morning of media training and interviews #leadership #youth #news #bbc
  • ‪The #QueensYoungLeaders had a fantastic time in #Cambridge on the @LeadingChangeUC course. Next stop #London!‬
  • This morning the #QueensYoungLeaders have been thinking about how they can develop their own projects, as well as the legacy of the programme. Then it was time for a Cambridge tradition - punting! #leadership #youth #punting
  • It's fair to say the #QueensYoungLeaders are pretty happy to be in Cambridge! @leadingchangeuc #leadership #youth
  • The second day of the #QueensYoungLeaders Residential is providing the Award winners with the opportunity to get some advice and guidance about their projects in one-to-one mentoring sessions #leadership #mentor #youth
  • It's induction day at Cambridge for the #QueensYoungLeaders A chance to get to know one another, set expectations for the Residential and take part in some @leadingchangeuc team building with a treasure hunt #leadership #youth
  • The #QueensYoungLeaders have arrived in #Cambridge, ready to begin their leadership training and mentoring. Find out more about their visit on the website (link in bio)
  • The #QueensYoungLeaders arrive tomorrow! Before their arrival, head over to our Facebook page to see how Karrie Jionisi and other Award winners are changing lives in their communities - facebook.com/queensyoungleaders #leadership #youth
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Who We Are

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, in partnership with Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society, launched The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme in 2014 at Buckingham Palace.  The four-year programme, supported by The University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, aims to discover, support and celebrate young people from across the Commonwealth.

It will help to transform the lives of young people through awards to individuals who are leaders in their communities and grants to youth-led and focused organisations.