Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Encouraging young minds

The SJWP aims to increase students’ interest in water issues, research, and careers, as well as to raise awareness about global water challenges. The competition is open to projects focused on improving water quality, water resource management, water protection, and drinking water and wastewater treatment.

Congratulations 2020 Michigan Winners!

Lake Shore High School, Saint Clair Shores, MI

The competition draws more than 10,000 entries from over 30 countries. National winners participate in the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) which gathers imaginative young minds from all over the world, encouraging their continued interest in water and sustainability issues. international final held in Stockholm.


The competition

The competition is open to any high school student in grades 9 through 12, who has conducted a water-related science project and reached the age of 15 by Aug. 1 of the competition year. In the U.S., the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and its Member Associations (Including MWEA) organize the regional, state, and national competitions with support from Xylem Inc., who also sponsors the international competition.  Click HERE for entry rules and requirements.

This year, the national competition, which will be hosted by WEF in a digital format on June 20. Students from 40 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico will be competing. The winner will receive $10,000 USD and will represent the United States in the international competition during World Water Week. Traditionally, World Water Week events include a royal ceremony during which the patron of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, presents the winner with $15,000 USD. However, World Water Week, originally scheduled for August 23-28 in Stockholm, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and organizers are deciding the best way to conduct the international competition in a digital format.

Read their research paper, Comparing the Effectiveness of Ferromagnetism and a Hydrophobic Net for Oil Spill Remediation

How to participate
Water Environment Association SJWP Page
Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) - SJWP

2019    Akash Rathod    Okemos High School, Okemos, MI
Repurposing Raw Bamboo Waste to Sustainably Purity           Contaminated Water

 International SJWP winners also receive
a blue crystal prize sculpture