For: Parents, Students

Resource Type(s): Competitions

Grade Band: High School

Subject(s): Environmental Science, physical science

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is a youth competition open to U.S. high school students in grades 9 through 12. Water-related research projects are eligible to enter the DC competition by April 15 of each year.


Prizes include the following:

  • State winner: receives an all-expenses paid trip to the U.S. national competition
  • U.S. winner: $10,000 cash prize and an all-expenses paid trip to compete internationally in Stockholm, Sweden
  • International winner: $15,000 cash prize and a $5,000 cash prize is awarded to the winning project’s school.

This is a great resume enhancer – if students enter the DC competition, they are considered state finalists!



  1. Students must submit their research papers online at by April 15th.
  2. Projects may be individual or a team of up to three students.
  3. Submissions should address local, regional, national or global issues using a research-oriented approach.
  4. Projects should aim to enhance the quality of life through improvement of water quality, water resource management, or water and waste water treatment.
  5. Students must be 15 years of age by August 1st of the competition year.

It is not necessary for a student to have participated in a science fair to enter the competition.

The competition is open to any high school student, including home school, private school, etc.


Key Messages:

Projects don’t have to be complex to be eligible for the competition.

The competition is designed to promote student interest in water sciences and offers students the unique opportunity to participate in a national competition.

In addition to the overall project winner, awards are offered for project components. Opportunities to be recognized for passion, creativity and effort are also available.

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