Eligibility and Entry

Who is Eligible?

Any high school student in grades 9 through 12, who has reached the age of 15 by August 1 of the competition year, and has conducted a water-related science project is eligible to participate in the Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition. Teams of up to three students may enter. 

Projects should be aimed at enhancing the quality of life through improvement of water quality, water resources management, or water and wastewater treatment.  Projects can explore water issues on local, regional, national, or global issues. It is essential that all projects use a research-oriented approach, which means they must use scientifically accepted methodologies for experimentation, monitoring, and reporting, including statistical analysis.

All students must enter the State SJWP Competition first.  National competition entries are open to State winners only. 


Entry into the State SJWP CompetitionEnter Competition 

Entry Deadline: April 15, 2016`*

To be eligible for the state competition, students must complete the online entry form and electronically submit their research paper. There are no specific paper guidelines at the state level, however the file cannot be larger than 2MB. Teams of up to three students may enter. Only one person from a team should submit the project online, but must complete the information for all team members.

Based on the papers, and in some cases personal interviews at science fairs, a group of water professionals will identify the best water-related science project from each state. Most state winners will be announced online at during the first full week of May, 2016.  

State winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip the national SJWP competition, and must be available to attend the national competition during the third weekend of June, 2016.   

*State deadlines may vary. For specific information on your state, consult the State Deadlines and Awards List .


Entry into the National SJWP Competition

Enter CompetitionEntry Deadline: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 (Open to State Winners Only)  

Prior to national competition, SJWP state winners must modify their written research papers to meet the National Paper Guidelines, and submit them electronically no later than Wednesday, May 18, 2016. 

To be eligible to compete at the national level, state winners must be able to attend the onsite U.S. competition during the third weekend in June, 2016.  At the competition, students will participate in a two-day, all-expenses-paid program, during which they will display and present their projects to a panel of distinguished judges. 

Judges will select the national winner based on six criteria and will place greater weight on the quality of the research paper. The National SJWP winner (at least one member if a team)  must be available to attend the SJWP international competition in Stockholm, Sweden, from August 27 - September 2, 2016, or the prize will be awarded to the first runner-up.  

The national winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the international SJWP competition in Stockholm, Sweden.. To learn more about the international competition, visit


For more information, please email or call Stevi Hunt-Cottrell at 703-684-2454.