Student Innovation Awards recognize and honor powerful and provocative social change concepts.

Two awards of $1,000 and four awards of $500 each will be given to students whose innovative project ideas have the potential to ignite positive social change. Winning projects will be highlighted on the Design Ignites Change website and promoted through the program’s outreach efforts.

These awards are for project ideas only; plans for implementation are not required. Concepts may range from the pragmatic to the provocative, from the feasible to the fanciful, as long as they address a pressing social need within a community and apply innovation and design thinking to solve a problem.


Check back in January, 2015 for information about the next deadline. Sign up for our mailing list to get the latest news about award opportunities and deadlines.


Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in art, architecture or design at any accredited college or university worldwide. Projects developed in 2013 and 2014 are eligible.

Submitting your application

See instructions here. Applications are submitted online. It is suggested that you begin the application process several days in advance of the deadline of February 28.

Help spread the word

Download the Student Innovation Award poster on the left side of this page (either 11″×17″ or 8.5″×11″), print and post in your school or studio!

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