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 Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize 

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is the world’s most prestigious youth award given to a high school student for water research. 

In Australia, the Australian Water Association organises the national competition, with support from Xylem.
The winner of the Australian competition is invited to participate in the international competition held each year during World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, competing with over 30 countries in the international final.  

Major Sponsor

Sponsored by Xylem Water

Applications for the 2019 Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize will open August 2018.
The Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize (ASJWP) is an annual water science competition for high school students focusing on projects aimed at improving the quality of life through improvement of water quality, water resources management, water protection and water and wastewater 
treatment. This award aims to increase interest in water-related issues and research, and to raise awareness and knowledge of global water challenges.


The competition is open to all Australian high school students between the ages of 15-20. Individuals and groups of up to three students are eligible to enter.

Important dates

 August 2018  2019 ASJWP entries open
 December 2018
 Entries close
 8 May 2019  Winner presented with award at Ozwater’19 in Melbourne
 Late August 2019  Australian winner to participate in the International SJWP competition
 during World Water Week in Stockholm.


Students are invited to undertake a water-related research project focusing on solving community water problems. The scope of the project may be on a local, regional, national or global topic but must have the potential to improve quality of life and/or the environment. All projects must use a research-oriented approach, which means that they must use scientifically accepted methodologies for experimentation, monitoring and reporting results, including statistical analyses. 

Students are then required to submit an extended abstract or full paper and if shortlisted, provide a ten minute presentation of their project to the judging panel via video conference.

Projects in the National ASJWP and the Internationals Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) are judged according to the following criteria:
  • Relevance
  • Creative Ability
  • Methodology
  • Subject Knowledge
  • Practical Skills
  • Report and Presentation


A judging panel to assess nominations for the ASJWP is established by Australian Water Association and consists of between six and nine members of the water industry.


  • All entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation. 
  • Finalists will receive an Australian Water Association certificate.
  • The National winner* will receive travel and accommodation to Ozwater’19 in Melbourne, May 2019 to attend the Australian Water Awards, presented at the Gala Dinner.
  • The National winner* receives a glass trophy, a return flight to Stockholm and accommodation to participate in a one week cultural exchange program and to represent Australia in the international Stockholm Junior Water Prize. 
  • The national winner will automatically join the Water Tank, an international alumni community of the SJWP competition to connect and collaborate and advance their project and career. 
  • The winner of the international Stockholm Junior Water Prize receives US$15,000 and a crystal sculpture. The winner’s school recieves US$5,000.
* If the national winner is a group of students, one representative receives flights and accommodation, other group members may go to Stockholm at their own expense.

Awarded at the Ozwater'19 Gala Dinner

The Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize will be awarded at the Australian Water Association’s leading international conference, Ozwater’19, in May 2019, Melbourne.

The winner of the ASJWP will then compete internationally in Stockholm at the SJWP. 

Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize Winner 2018

Recycling Waste into Biochar: A Sustainable Wastewater Filter and Fertiliser for the Agricultural Industry
– Minh Nga Nguyen, Sydney Girls High School (NSW)

Nga’s project is entitled “Recycling Waste into Biochar”, a sustainable waste water filter and fertilizer for the agricultural industry. Her project formed a model of application in which agricultural plant wastes are recycled into a multipurpose biochar charcoal, that can filter wastewater and fertilise plants. Nga found that bamboo biochar filter packs could remove 45.6% of harmful pollutants in wastewater, lowering pollutant content to meeting Australian guidelines. Her findings have the potential for application in the agricultural industry, allowing farmers to recover polluting plant wastes and turn it into biochar used to treat livestock wastewater, as well as aid crop growth.


Previous Winners

Click here to see a list of all previous winners.

Submitting your Nomination

Submissions must include the following information and be submitted to

  • A completed ASJWP nomination form   
  • Project (extended abstract or full paper) in PDF or Word format
  • Three-minute video pitch of your project
  • Biography (minimum 180 words, maximum 250 words)
  • Photo


  • Teacher & Student Guidelines and Information Kit
  • Flyer for Teachers
  • ASJWP nomination form