The James Dyson Innovation Fellowship aims to foster innovation by supporting talented young RCA designers in protecting and commercialising their work. The award supports an annual intellectual property seminar for students at the Royal College of Art and a fellowship programme for graduates with innovative ideas.
The Fellowship was set up following Dyson's UK High Court victory against Qualtex, a company selling copies of Dyson's spare parts and infringing Dyson's design rights. During the case, Sir James Dyson pledged to donate any winnings from the court case to the College to help young designers protect their work. He said that it had been a struggle throughout his career to protect his own designs and inventions.
One Dyson Fellowship is awarded each year to a graduating RCA student who has developed an innovative work that is a College Selected Work. The Dyson Fellow works with InnovationRCA to advance the project.
The Dyson Fellowship 2012 has been awarded to Michael Warren, a graduate of the College's Design Products programme.
Previous winners of the James Dyson Innovation Fellowship award:
How to apply: