The UK Junior Water Prize (UKJWP) is a national STEM competition aimed at solving environmental challenges with a link to water quality and security. The competition welcomes young applicants (ages 15-20) from all walks of life – particularly those with less privileged backgrounds and from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. We challenge them to take a fresh look at local and global water problems, and to develop an innovative research project that could improve quality of life.
Over the years, many ideas that started as Junior Water Prize projects proved to be important innovations that changed the lives of both the participants and their communities.
The UKJWP winner is automatically entered as a finalist into the international final of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP), organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). Over 38 international finalists will compete for the US$15,000 prize during World Water Week in Stockholm.
During their time in Sweden, the international finalists take part in daily social, educational, and cultural events. The prestigious awards ceremony – where HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden presents the prizes – also features inspiring speeches from distinguished members of the water community, an entertainment programme, and an exuberant “flag parade.”
The competition supports students as they improve their ability to identify and understand local, national and global climate issues, conduct independent scientific research, write compelling academic papers, and present findings to industry experts.
Applications close on 7 May 2023.
For more information and to apply, visit www.ciwem.org/awards/ukjwp23
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