James Dyson Award for Engineering Students and Recent Graduates (€34,000)

Competition Grant / Award in Sustainable Development , in Technology
  • Apply Before : July 19, 2023
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Opportunity Details

  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Fields of study Engineering And Sustainability
  • Opportunity Type : Partially Funded
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Opportunity ID 209919
  • Application Fee Required No
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Opportunity Description

Call for James Dyson Award is open for an international design competition to celebrate, encourage, and inspire Engineering Students and Recent Graduates. The Award organizer seeks designers who think differently to create compelling products. This Award is from the James Dyson Foundation but the James Dyson Charity sets up to inspire the next generation of engineers.

Engineers with undergraduate product design, industrial design, or engineering students and candidates completing a degree in such disciplines within the last four years are welcome to apply for this opportunity. Submissions should follow an iterative design process that employs clever and straightforward engineering principles and tackle apparent problems. The designs should be technically feasible and marketable and may include any research that applicants have done into manufacturing and sales costs.

For the current year, James Dyson will also award entries that address a sustainability problem or sourced, manufactured, and designed projects sustainably.

Important Dates

Registrations Status: Open

Registration Deadline: 19 July 2023

National Winners and Finalists Result: 13 September 2023

Dyson Engineers Selection: 18 October 2023

International Sustainability Winners Result: 15 November 2023

Awarding Body: James Dyson Foundation

Organizer: James Dyson Charity

Gender: Male/Female

Medium of Instruction: English

Funding Type: Partially-funded

Eligible Country: All

Field of Study: Engineering and Sustainability

Benefits of the James Dyson Award

By participating in the James Dyson Award, fellows will benefit from the following:

  • National winners: €5,700
  • International finalists: €5,700
  • Winner of best project related to sustainability: €34,000
  • International winner: €34,000
  • A chance to receive media exposure to jump-start their career
  • Achieve confidence to launch own business.

Requirements for the James Dyson Award

Candidates who wish to apply for the James Dyson Award must meet the following requirements:

  • Candidates should be engineers with undergraduate product design, industrial design, or engineering students and candidates who have completed a degree in such disciplines within the last four years.
  • Applicants should provide an official document indicating student or recent graduate status.
  • Participants should have completed their studies in one of the following countries:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States.

  • Participants who like teamwork or have studied disciplines other than those mentioned above may apply as part of a team.
  • Meet any additional requirements.

Selection Process

James Dyson Award selection team will review all entries into three phases as follows:

Phase One:

A nationwide professional and expert jury will select the three projects in the first phase. The jury will select one of the projects as the cash prize winner.

The jury also judges the projects on their entry, not just on the idea itself. So, participants should explain the importance and validity of their invention, how they developed the product, and how they arrived at the final design. Please include the testing approach and the errors made.

Phase Two:

In the second phase, a panel of Dyson engineers will evaluate the shortlisted designs by the national judges. They will narrow down the submission to a shortlist of 20 projects. The panel will check how each design meets the brief.

Phase Three:

At this final stage, James Dyson will review the 20 finalist projects personally in detail. After he selects the best ones, the Dyson Intellectual Property Team will review the projects for any legal infringements, such as third-party patents.

Considering these criteria, James will select the international winner, two runners-up, and the Sustainability category winner.

Note: Participants will own the intellectual property of their projects in any way. Dyson will not appropriate or profit from their idea.

How to Apply for the James Dyson Award?

To apply for the James Dyson Award, please follow these steps:

  • At first, participants should register and upload proof of their status as a student or recent graduates. The participant should be in one of the compulsory disciplines.
  • After registering, the participant must fill in the online form and answer these questions in the Project Gallery:
  1. What does the invention do?
  2. What was the source of inspiration?
  3. How does it work?
  4. How did the participant develop the idea?
  5. What makes it distinctive?
  6. What are its future applications?

Note: The application must be in English. If happy, applicants can also submit a copy of their registration in another language.


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Required Materials

Participants may prepare and upload these materials for their application:

Images: Participants can upload up to five images to accompany their entry, including a cover and 3MB. Images can be sketches, CAD renderings, initial prototypes, and finished product images.

The photos should be high-quality, and the cover image will be visible in the project gallery. So, the cover photo’s minimum resolution is 1440 x 810 pixels.

Video: Some projects may include a video to explain the idea or the project. Videos must be shorter than 3 minutes, showing the design development stages and the prototype in action. Participants can upload their videos to YouTube or Vimeo.

Please check the gallery of past winners for inspiration from successful examples.




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For further information about the James Dyson Award, please visit the official website or read the FAQs section.


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