Deadline: October 21, 2020 00:00 CEST| Apply here
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Eligibility: Commonwealth citizens aged 15 to 29 years; having been engaged in development work for at least 12 months as a professional or volunteer; and showing a strong track record of implementing impactful development work and contribute to one of the 17 sustainable development goals.

Commonwealth Youth Awards 2021

The Commonwealth Youth Awards recognise and reward young people whose work has made a major impact on people and communities in their country.

Exceptional young people can now submit entries for the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Awards to win prestigious titles and cash grants.

Who can apply

Young leaders from across the 54 Commonwealth countries can enter five regional categories:

  1. Africa;
  2. Asia;
  3. Caribbean;
  4. Europe and Canada; and
  5. Pacific


A pan-Commonwealth panel will judge the entries based on the impact, sustainability and level of innovation.

  • Judges will choose 20 finalists who will each receive a trophy, a certificate and £1,000 in cash.
  • Of the 20, five regional winners will be chosen and awarded an additional £2,000.
  • There will be an overall winner who will receive the title of Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2021, and a total cash prize of £5,000.

The finalists and regional winners will be announced during Commonwealth week in March 2021.

Turning adversity into advantage

This year’s award includes special recognition for young people who have made outstanding efforts to tackle development challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To recognise their contributions in these turbulent times, the Commonwealth Youth Awards will give young people a global platform to showcase their ideas, solutions and technologies.

It will highlight the powerful and positive impact they are making in their communities, countries and across the globe.

Interested in applying for the Commonwealth Youth Awards 2021? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.

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