The James Dyson Award

The James Dyson Award is an international student design award running in 26 countries. It is run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to encourage the next generation of design engineers to be creative, challenge and invent.

The aim of the award is to support current and recent graduates of design or engineering who have a problem-solving idea. The award is open to product design, industrial design, and engineering university students or graduates within the past 4 years, who have studied in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico,  the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates the United Kingdom and the United States.

Teams are also encouraged to enter, provided at least the team leader must have studied one of the qualifying subjects, and all team members must be (or have been within the last four years) enrolled for at least one semester in an undergraduate or graduate programme.


International Winner
- £30,000 for the winning individual or team; 
- £5,000 for the institution where the winner studies or previously studied; and 
a James Dyson Award Certificate.

International Runners-up:
- £5,000 to the entrant (or as applicable the team); and 
a James Dyson Award Certificate.

National Winners from each Eligible Country:
- £2,000 to the entrant (or as applicable the team); and 
a James Dyson Award Certificate


Applicants need to need to register and upload proof that they're students or recent graduates in one of the qualifying subjects.
Once registered, theyneed to complete the online form explaining:

  • What their invention does
  • Where they got their inspiration
  • How it works
  • How they developed their design
  • What sets it apart
  • What the future holds for it

The can upload up to five images, of up to 3MB each, to support their  entry, including one feature image. They could also include a video, it  often helps to explain an idea or project. Videos should be less than 3 minutes long and show both the development process of the design and the prototype in action. Videos need to be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo first.

Read the full rules of the competition on the James Dyson Awards website.

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