Wege Prize for International Students 2019

Applications are open for the Wege Prize 2019 organized by Kendall College of Art and Design’s Wege Center for Sustainable Design with support from the Wege Foundation. This competition is open for full-time undergraduate or graduate student in the world.

This is an annual competition that ignites game-changing solutions for the future by inspiring college/university students around the world to collaborate across institutional, disciplinary, and cultural boundaries to redesign the way economies work. Participants contend for over $30,000 (USD) in total cash prizes,

Who May Eligible:

To be eligible to participate on a Wege Prize team, you must:

  • Attend a college, university, or equivalent institution of higher education anywhere in the world.
  • Be a student enrolled in a full-time (or equivalent) undergraduate or graduate program for the duration of the competition.
  • Both undergraduate and graduate level students are eligible to compete.

How to Apply & Competition Rules:

To participate, the applicants must submit an online application form through the given link: http://www.wegeprize.org/apply

Rules:

  • Teams can be composed of both undergraduate and graduate students if they so choose
  • To be eligible to participate in the Wege Prize, teams must have exactly five members.
  • Represent at least three (3) different academic disciplines
  • Represent at least two (2) different institutions of higher education, such as colleges, universities, or separate colleges/schools within a larger university.
  • (For instance, a team member from Example University’s School of Engineering and a team member from Example University’s School of Earth Sciences would be considered as representing two different institutions.)
  • These are the minimum requirements. Teams with the greatest disciplinary and institutional diversity will likely have a higher probability of success.
  • Team application (500-1000 words) should address:
    • Why is your team interested in participating in Wege Prize 2019?
    • How and why did you choose your team members?
    • How will your transdisciplinary makeup enable you to succeed?
    • What steps has your team taken to understand the basics of the circular economy?
    • What do you find most exciting/inspiring about the circular economy and the possibilities it creates?
  • Research plan (500-1000 words) should address:
    • What problem or opportunity are you interested in addressing?
    • How could address that problem or opportunity support the development of a circular economy?
    • What basic research have you done to understand the human, technological, and ecological factors involved in your approach?
    • How do you plan to involve mentors and/or subject matter experts in your design process?
    • What are your next steps?

Benefits:

Wege Prize teams will contend for over $30,000 (USD) in total cash prizes, awarded by our panel of judges. Prizes are as follows:

  • 1st place – $15,000 (USD)
  • 2nd place – $10,000 (USD)
  • 3rd place – $5,000 (USD)
  • Finalist Award – $1,000 (USD)

Application Deadline:

Applications are due on November 18, 2018.

Apply Now

Have questions about individual or team eligibility? Email them to wicked@wegeprize.org.