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The Queens Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open01-May-2017
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What is The Queens Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017?

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017 invites application for the students whose age is up to 18 years with the objective to write an essay on the theme 'A Commonwealth for Peace', it asks for a more active understanding of the role of the Commonwealth as a network of and for democracy, Human Rights and peace. This program providing an opportunity to the young writers to explore peace at every level, from the personal to the political to the pan-Commonwealth.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

Junior category:
Students born after 1st May 2003 (under 14 years) are eligible to apply.

Senior category:
Students born between 2nd May 1998 and 1st May 2003 (14 to 18 years) are eligible to apply.

How can you apply ?

The application can be done online or by post with the following steps:
Step 1:
Click on enter the competition.
Step 2: Register yourself first.
Step 3: Fill all the details.
Step 4: Submit.

By post:
Step 1:
Download the application form.
Step 2: Fill the form in block letters.
Step 4: Attach the essay.
Step 5: The envelope is clearly labelled with The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition in bold.
Step 6: Send it to the given address:

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition
British Council
Education Department
British Council
30 Napier Road
Singapore 258509

Terms and Conditions


  • The essay should be of maximum 1,500 words for senior category and 750 words for junior category. These word limits apply to all topics and all formats (essay, poem, letter, etc). Exceeding the word count will result in automatic disqualification.
  • Entries must be written in English.
  • Only one essay per student is allowed. Once an essay is submitted, students/teachers will not have the opportunity to revise it. Please carefully check and improve the writing before submitting the final copy, and also ensure that all supplementary information is filled in correctly (name, contact details, topic number, etc.).
  • Plagiarism is not accepted in the competition.
  • Essays can only be uploaded as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) or in PDF format (.pdf). The online platform does not accept Google Docs (.gdoc), Pages documents (.pages) or other word processor formats.

If it is unable to find or open your essay file (either through an incorrect format or upload error), the entry may not be counted in the competition.

Junior category:

  • What is in your Toolbox for Peace? 
  • My peaceful place.
  • How can children and young people come together to build a peaceful society?
  • ‘Peace cannot be learnt from a book or from religion. You have to reach out and touch the nations.’ How does this relate to the Commonwealth?

Senior category:

  • Peace.
  • Should you fight for peace?
  • Kofi Annan said ‘Education is, quite simply, peace-building by another name.’ Do you agree? Answer with reference to your country and/or the Commonwealth.
  • What is the cost of peace?

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