2023-24 Prizes - RSA

Student Design Awards 2023-24 The prizes

The winning entry for each Student Design Awards brief in the 2023-34 cycle receives £2,000. Winners can use the prize money however they wish. It's our hope that these awards offer winners the chance to progress their learning and develop their ideas.

Previous winners have taken this as an opportunity to broaden their design horizons. For example, Richard Howarth credits his current career as Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple to his prize funded travel to Sony in Japan.

Design briefs

Read the design briefs for 2023-24.

Two new awards for 'do well, do good' submissions 

For our 100th year of the Student Design Awards, we are proud to be partnering with the ⁠Anjool Maldé Memorial Trust to bring two new awards alongside our regular briefs. 

The Anjool Maldé Awards, launched in 2010, celebrate the best of UK's young talent by acknowledging exceptional achievers with annual awards and prize money.

In order to be considered for the award, applicants should ideally be UK nationals or pursuing studies in the UK. The Anjool Maldé Memorial Trust want to see ideas and people with a distinctive edge, marking them out as exemplars of excellence against their peers, with inspirational value for others following in their footsteps.

The over-arching mission of the awards is to get young individuals to 'do well, do good' in their lives and careers.

What are the Anjool Maldé prizes?

The Anjool Maldé Young Innovator of the Year Award of £1,000 is to be given out to the student with an outstanding product and one with the most promise in terms of market testing of their innovation (as assessed under the RSA ‘viability’ criteria).

Anyone who submits an application to the 2023-24 briefs one to five will automatically be considered for this award as part of the judging process.

The Anjool Malde Centenary Design Award of £500 is to be given to the student that showed the most promise in terms of inventiveness (as assessed under the RSA ‘aesthetic quality and originality’ criteria) and only applies to submissions for brief six: Centenary celebrations.

More information on the Student Design Awards

  • Student Design Awards

    We invite young designers from across the globe to answer design briefs that focus on the most pressing social and environmental challenges.

  • Information for students

    By getting involved in the Student Design Awards you will be elevating your learning experience as you apply your creativity and innovation to a real-world problem.

  • Information for educators

    If you work in higher education and you’re using the RSA Student Design Awards briefs in your curriculum, you can request a briefing from the RSA team.

  • The design briefs

    We're challenging students and recent graduates to tackle pressing social, environmental and economic issues through design thinking. See this year's design briefs.

  • Student Design Awards judging

    Find out about the judging process and criteria for the Student Design Awards.