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Student Design Awards

Student Design Awards

Think differently about design

Submissions for the Student Design Awards 2023-24 are now closed.

The Student Design Awards are the world’s longest-running design competition and in 2024 we'll be celebrating 100 years of recognising innovative ideas.

Every year, we’ve invited young designers and students from across the globe to apply their skills and creativity to design briefs that focus on the most pressing social and environmental challenges. Since the first prizes were given out 1924, the Student Design Awards have welcomed over 110,000 projects from over 20 countries.

The awards have been a prestigious springboard for participants’ careers. Our alumni include:

  • Richard Howarth - Apple, VP of Design
  • Betty Jackson MBE - Fashion designer
  • Matt McGrath - Aircraft Medical founder and inventor of the video laryngoscope.

The Student Design Awards offer the chance to learn from, and be inspired by, this century's old tapestry of incredible changemakers.

Be part of a hopeful collective of innovators creating meaningful impact for our people, place and planet.


Key dates


  • Sep: Briefs launched
  • Oct: Free brief information sessions
  • Nov - Dec: Free learning and skills workshops


  • 31 Jan: Submissions open
  • 16 Feb, 4pm GMT: Early bird submissions deadline (£25 entry fee)
  • 28 Feb, 11.59pm GMT: Bursary application deadline
  • 16 Mar, 4pm GMT: Final submissions deadline (£35 entry fee)
  • Mar - May: Judging (two stages: shortlisting and interviews with finalists)
  • Jul: Winners announced and awards ceremony

Design briefs

Read the design briefs for 2023-24.

Information and resources for...


Access tools on design thinking and find out more about our bursary offer.


More information on how to integrate the awards within your curriculum and careers offer.

The prizes

Winners of each brief receive £2,000 for them to use as they wish.

About the competition

Find out about more about the Awards.


Find out more about the judging process and the submission criteria.

News and events

See the latest news and events.

Student Design Awards winners

See the winning submissions from past Student Design Awards.


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