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U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) is the world's most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project. The prize taps into the unlimited potential of today's high school students as they seek to address current and future water challenges.

The competition is open to any high school student in grades 9-12, and are 15 years of age by August 1st of the competition year.  All research papers must be uploaded online no later than April 15th of each year to compete in their state’s competition.  All state winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the SJWP National Competition.  The national winner will receive $10,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden to participate in the SJWP International Competition.  To learn more about the SJWP competition, click here



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Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2016 State Winners Announced!

State winners receive an all-expenses paid trip to the national finals at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to showcase their project, and the opportunity to win $10,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden to represent the U.S. at the SWJP international competition. Click here to see who will be representing your state at the U.S. National competition. 

Enter the SJWP Promotional Video Contest!

If you are a high school student between the ages of 15-18 and would like an opportunity to win $250, help promote the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) by entering the SJWP Promotional Video Contest!  The contest begins on March 31, 2016 and ends May 30, 2016. Click here to view the Rules and Regulations .. ENTER HERE  Good Luck! 


The U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize comes to Charlotte, N.C.!

We are excited to announce that the 2016-2018 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) national competitions will be held at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNCC).  During the two-day event students will have the opportunity to present their research to judges and water professionals from across the country, while experiencing a university setting.  Participants of the national competition will be housed in dormitory accommodations, while mingling with like-minded students interested in water research, and making new life-long friends…a true college experience!    

To have the opportunity to represent your state at the SJWP national competition, enter your state competition now!   Deadline for submission into the state competitions is April 15. 


Competition Dates:


  • Student Arrival: June 17, 2016  
  • Project Exhibition, Judging, and Award Ceremony: June 18, 2016  
  • Student Departure: June 19, 2016   


Competition Location:

 University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Entry Deadlines: 

U.S. SJWP State Competition: April 15, 2016 

U.S. SJWP National Competition: May 18, 2015 (open to State Winners only 


2015 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize National Winner, Perry Alagappan, wins the International Competition During World Water Week, August 22-28!

Perry Alagappan - International Winner 2015 On June 20, 2015, Perry Alagappan from Clear Lake High School, Houston, TX, was named the recipient of the 2015 International. Stockholm Junior Water Prize for his research "Novel Renewable Filter for Heavy Metal Removal: A Practical Application of Functionalized Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotu bes” at World Water Week in Stockholm Sweden.     

Alagappan competed against 58 young scientists representing 29 countries spanning the globe, all hoping to bring home the international title.  Fredrik Moberg, Head of the SJWP Jury, stated that this invention “could revolutionize the way water can be treated and the heavy metals are recovered.”   

Alagappan was awarded $15,000 and the SJWP crystal trophy by HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.  Because of Perry’s win, his school is also the recipient of $5,000 to promote water research and STEM projects. To read more about the winning project, click here.    (Photo credit: Jonas Berg)

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  Looking for a Mentor?

Are you a student looking for a mentor, or a water professional, academic, or consultant who would be willing to mentor a student for the SJWP competition?  If so, see our SJWP Mentor Guide.  Stay tuned for some new information in this area!


U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize Alumni Page

Visit the new SJWP Alumni page, where you will find highlight articles about former SJWP participants and other information about water careers and involvement in the water sector.


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