The Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) is considered the most prestigious international award presented to a high school student who has conducted research in the water sciences. The purpose of the SJWP is to increase students' interest in water-related issues and research, and to sensitize them - as future leaders - to global water challenges. Founded by the Stockholm Water Foundation, Her Royal Highness, Crown Princess Victoria is the patron of the prize. Each year, in a ceremony that takes place during World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, the international winner is awarded $15,000 USD and a blue crystal sculpture in the shape of a water droplet, crafted by Hanne Dreutler.
In the United States, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and its member associations, host the U.S. SJWP competition with support from Xylem, Inc. One winner is chosen amongst the state winners to travel to Stockholm, Sweden, to compete against winners from almost 40 other countries around the world. Each year, thousands of students compete for the grand prize but only one wins.
To be eligible to compete in the national competition, all students must enter and win in their state. The Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA) judges all entries and awards one winner first place and an opportunity to represent Florida in the national competition.
The competition is open to all high school students in grades 9-12, who have conducted a water-related science project and have reached the age of 15 by August 1st of the competition year.
Individual students or teams of two may enter the competition.
Projects should be aimed at enhancing quality of life through the improvement of water quality, water resources management, or water and wastewater treatment. Projects can explore water issues on local, regional, national or global issues. All projects must use a research-oriented approach using scientifically accepted methodologies for experimentation, monitoring, and reporting, including statistical analysis.
All entries will be judged by the same criteria as those used for the international competition and are rated in six categories:
To view the judging criteria and view the paper guidelines, please see the below documents provided by WEF:
All 2023 SJWP entries are due by April 15, 2023.
All entries must be entered into the online application found here: Application (WEF.org)
All eligible papers submitted for Florida will be sent to the Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA) SJWP State Coordinator. No less than three judges will review and rate each submission. The highest scoring entry will be offered first place and an opportunity to represent Florida at the U.S. national competition, location TBD.
The first place winner be must be available* to attend the U.S. national competition on June 16-19, 2022. The airfare and hotel expenses (i.e. stay, not food) will be paid by the FWEA and WEF.
*In the event that COVID-19 prevents an in-person competition, a virtual competition will be held.
The FWEA awards a first, second, and third place cash prize to its winners. These funds are provided by the FWEA.
The state winner or first place winner will also receive:
The U.S. national winner will receive:
To learn more about the Stockholm International Water Institute and the Water Prize, please visit: https://siwi.org/prizes/
Florida SJWP Coordinator (FWEA)
U.S. SJWP National Organizer (WEF)
2021- Morgan Barnes
2020- Kevin Avaiya
2019- Helena Jiang
2018- Rohan Jakhete
2017- Talar Terzian
2016- Stefan Wan
2015- Maria Elena Grimmet
2014- Zachary Loeb
2013- Zachary Loeb
2012- Gabriela Canas
2011- Collin McAliley
2010- Collin McAliley
2009- Collin McAliley
2008- Gene Rodrick
2007- Gene Rodrick
2006- Gene Rodrick
2005- Hasib Nasirullah
2004- Lindsey Sisco