iF Design Student Award 2023 (EUR 50,000 prize)

Deadline: March 8, 2023

Applications are open for the iF Design Student Award 2022. The iF Design Student Award is one of the most important design prizes for students from all over the world, with about 10,000 submissions each year.

Together with their Sponsors, iF Design provides a platform for students and their future-oriented concepts. Winners receive international acclaim and the best concepts earn a share of the 50,000 EUR prize money. On 21 and 22 June 2023, the winners of the iF Design Student Award 2023 will be celebrated in Istanbul, Turkey!

Award Categories

The categories for the Prize are the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (Goal 1-15):

  • End Poverty
  • End Hunger
  • Healthy Lives
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Clean Energy
  • Economic Growth
  • Resilient Infrastructure
  • Reduce Inequality Everywhere
  • Sustainable Cities & Communities
  • Sustainable Consumption
  • Climate Action
  • Life below Water
  • Life on Land


  • Recognition: Winning a design award is a reward for your great work during university.
  • Funding: All winners are considered for part of EUR 50,000 in prize money.
  • Networking and PR: Get your name out in the wider design community! Winning an award can open doors to future jobs and more.
  • Challenge Yourself: See how well your design stacks up to other students around the world.


  • Open to students from all over the world;
  • Students and recent graduates of all design-related courses and programmes are welcome to register their concepts;
  • Graduates who gained their diploma no more than two years ago are eligible to participate as well.

Evaluation Criteria

The five criteria will be used by the jurors to give scores to individual aspects of each entry:

  • Problem-solving: Does it solve a problem?
    • Degree of innovation
    • Degree of elaboration
    • Uniqueness
    • Use value and usability
  • Moral-ethical standards: Does it reflect or promote high moral-ethical standards?
    • Human dignity
    • Respect for the individual justice and fairness
    • Awareness of environmental standards
    • Social responsibility
  • Solidarity: Does it strengthen group relations?
    • Sensivity for cultural traditions and power relations
    • Concern for common goals and the collective
    • Addressing social conflict through dialogue
  • Reasonable effort: Does it balance effort and use value?
    • Efficient use of resources
    • Feasibility and ease of implementation
    • Long-term perspective
  • Beneficial experiences: Does it create a positive experience?
    • Respect for the individual, justice + fairness, positive experience and fun
    • Aesthectical potential, spatial ambience
    • Social responsibility, comfort and pleasure


Submit as many concepts as you like – but each can only be registered once per competition. You are not allowed to submit the same concept to several categories. Your concept can be a product, a project, an application, a communication idea or a service concept. Entries can be submitted by individuals and also by teams of up to four people.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit iF Design Student Award.

By Bello

Ismail Bello is a content creator and enthusiast who is passionate about youth development.