The Award equips young people for life

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation drives and supports the Award’s global growth, so more young people can undertake the world’s leading youth achievement award.

Working through our network of Award Operators in more than 130 countries and territories, we are creating new ways and places for young people to do the Award, using innovative online tools. We lead the Award’s entry into new countries and territories, ensuring consistency around the world. We work to increase global awareness of the value of non-formal education. This in turn creates demand for the Award, which is one way that young people’s development outside the classroom can be recognised worldwide.


By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development outside the classroom. It also allows their achievement to be consistently recognised worldwide, giving young people unique international accreditation of their experiences.

Our ambition is that every young person aged 14 to 24 in the world should have the opportunity to participate in the Award.


We are a registered charity and rely on the support of individuals, companies, trusts and foundations. They work with us to create empowered and forward thinking young people, who can make the most of a world of opportunity.

The regions

National Award Operators and Independent Award Centres (IACs) around the world are supported through four regional offices:

Various meetings and events are organised to promote and support Award activities in each region and on a global basis. 

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Association (the Association)

The Association is made up of 69 national Award bodies and 350 Independent Award Centres (IACs) in more than 130 countries and territories. The work of the Association is carried out by the Foundation.

The International Council

The International Council is the governing body for the Association. The International Council is chaired by one of the Trustees of the Foundation, currently The Rt Hon Lord Boateng PC DL, UK


Medeea Katerina Petrovan playing guitar

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Silver Award participant Medeea-Katerina asks other young people to take part in the Award.

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