Fellowships

For candidates seeking financial assistance to cover all or part of their studies in one of the UNESCO-IHE programmes or courses, please see the list of known fellowship opportunities below.

All fellowships

  • Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)

    The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of development agencies with mandates that include the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion of private-sector enterprise and the revitalisation of historic cities. The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies, in order to prepare them for employment, primarily within the AKDN.

    The Foundation accepts applications from nationals of the following countries:  Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique.

    more info: www.akdn.org

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Fellowships

    The scholarships in Sanitary Engineering are funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and will be awarded to students who wish to study the MSc programme in Urban Water and Sanitation, in one of the following joint specializations: Sanitary Engineering Joint Double Degree Specialization at UNESCO-IHE and KNUST in Ghana, Sanitary Engineering Joint Double Degree Specialization at UNESCO-IHE and Univalle in Colombia and Urban Water Engineering and Management Joint Double Degree Specialization at UNESCO-IHE and AIT in Thailand. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation contribution is equivalent to approximately half of the estimated costs of study towards a Masters in Sanitary Engineering (including tuition fees as well as living expenses, travel costs, accommodation etc.). Provision of the remaining fund is the responsibility of the applicant and its exact amount depends on the choice of specialization.

    Read more: Bill and Melinda Gates Fellowships

  • China Programme (Nuffic)

    The China Programme focuses on excellent Chinese students who want to study or do research in the Netherlands for at least one academic year during or after their studies in China.

    more info: www.studyinholland.nl

  • Citadel Scholarships for Professionals from Egypt

    The Citadel Capital Scholarship Foundation was created in 2007, out of a strong will to contribute to national development through creating high caliber professionals to help enhance Egypt's growth in all sectors. The Foundation is funded by an endowment from Citadel Capital to grant academic scholarships for talented and promising young Egyptian men and women to pursue master degrees and PhDs abroad in all fields of study.

    more info: www.citadelscholarships.org

  • Erasmus Mundus

    A limited number of Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available on a competitive basis for the Erasmus Mundus programmes in which UNESCO-IHE participates: IMETE, Floodriskmaster and Ecohydrology. Read more about fellowships opportunities on the website of the programme.

    more info: Erasmus Mundus

  • Indonesian Ministry of National Education (for Indonesians)

    The Indonesian Ministry of National Education (MoNE), in particular the Directorate General of Higher Education (DIKTI), has several scholarship and grant schemes in place as part of the effort to increase the capacity of lecturers at state and private universities in Indonesia. The funding provides for degree studies abroad (MA and PhD), Post-docs and joint research.

    more info: www.nesoindonesia.or.id

  • Joint Japan Worldbank Graduate Scholarship Programme (JJ/WBGSP)

    Participants from World Bank member countries can apply for a fellowship from the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programme (jj/wbgsp).

    more info: www.worldbank.org

    Tip

    The deadline for applications for the Master Programmes that start in October is March 31 of that same year.

  • MEDRC Scholarship Program

    The MEDRC Scholarship Program offers graduate students from the MENA region the opportunity to study at universities from around the world while participating in a MEDRC research project. Through this approach, it is expected that students will gain skills that will make a long-term contribution to the further development of desalination in their respective countries. The Program also aims to increase cross-cultural understanding by stimulating international exchange (for prospective students from the MENA region interested in the WSE specialization of the UWS programme).

    more info: www.medrc.org

  • MENA (or MSP) scholarship programme

    The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Programme (or MSP) offers scholarships to professionals from ten countries. The scholarships can be used for short courses in the Netherlands. The programme is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    more info: www.studyinholland.nl

  • National Fellowships in Latin America

    These fellowships are for nationals from the mentioned Latin American country.

    Your country might also offer individual fellowships for studies abroad, contact your national Ministry of Education or a similar organisation/agency for more information.

  • Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP)

    The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promote capacity building within organisations in 51 countries by providing training and education through fellowships for professionals.

    The overall aim of the NFP is to help increase both the number and the competencies of skilled staff at a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organisations. You have to be nominated by your employer to be eligible for the fellowship. There also has to be a clear need for training within the context of your organisation. 

    Fellowship application procedure per modality: 

    • For more info about how to apply for a NFP fellowship for a MSc Specialization at UNESCO-IHE click here
    • For more info about how to apply for a NFP fellowship for a Short or Online Course at UNESCO-IHE visit the Short Course or Online Course webpage.

    more info: www.studyinholland.nl

    Tip

    Use the Nuffic Grantfinder to find a suitable fellowship
     

  • OFID (The OPEC Fund for International Development) Scholarship Award

    The OFID Scholarship will be awarded to support an undergraduate student from any developing country, to pursue higher education in a relevant field of development, in any recognized university/college in the world.

    more info: www.ofid.org

    Tip

    The application deadline is May 1, 2014

  • Rotary Scholarship for Water and Sanitation Professionals

    Rotary and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education are working together to tackle the world’s water and sanitation crisis by increasing the number of trained professionals to devise, plan, and implement solutions in developing and emerging countries. Through this partnership, The Rotary Foundation will award 8 scholarships annually for graduate students working or living near a Rotary club and provisionally admitted to one of the following MSc programmes (joint programmes are not eligible):

    • MSc in Urban Water and Sanitation
    • MSc in Water Management
    • MSc in Water Science and Engineering

    more info: http://www.unesco-ihe.org/Rotary-Scholarships-for-Water-and-Sanitation-Professionals

  • Schlumberger Foundation/Faculty for the Future

    The Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future program is awarding fellowships and supporting women academics in science and engineering from developing and emerging countries for their advanced graduate study at top universities abroad.

    more info: www.facultyforthefuture.net

    Tip

    The next online application session will open as of September 10th, 2014 for the 2015-2016 Faculty for the Future Fellowships.

  • SKILL

    SKILL (Stimulating Knowledge Innovation through Life-long Learning) offers funding for South African students for the following opportunities:

    • for master’s students to follow master’s courses of up to three months at a Dutch university, in the fields of Water and Water Management, Agriculture, Transport and Logistics, Tourism and Finance and Accounting
    • for junior academic staff to obtain their master’s degree at a Dutch university
    • for aspiring PhD candidates to participate in a course in South Africa to draft a research proposal

    more info: www.fsw.vu.nl

  • Stuned Scholarship Programme

    The stuned Scholarship Programme is open for professionals from all over Indonesia who have completed a Bachelor study, in particular educators, government officials, ngo officials and journalists. Stuned aims at a balanced gender representation (minimum 50% women) and gives preference to candidates from less developed areas in Indonesia.

    more info: www.nesoindonesia.or.id

    Tip

    The deadline for applications for a Stuned Scholarship is April 1 for the Masters Programmes that start in October of the same year.

  • WMO Fellowships

    WMO is partnering with UNESCO-IHE to jointly support two to three fellowships a year from developing and least developed countries to undertake an MSc in one of the agreed UNESCO-IHE programmes.

    To be considered for a fellowshipfor the academic year 2015-2017 under WMO / UNESCO-IHE joint funding applicants must:
    a) have unconditional admission to one of the following UNESCO-IHE programmes: Hydrology and Water Resources; Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Development; Hydraulic Engineering - Land and Water Development; Water Resources Management; Hydroinformatics - Modelling and Information Systems for Water Management; Water Quality Management; or, Hydraulic Engineering - Coastal and Port Development. Unconditional admission implies UNESCO-IHE have agreed to both your academic and language suitability.
    b) complete and submit a WMO Fellowship Nomination Form (FNF) to WMO by 1 March 2015. The FNF MUST be submitted through, and approved by, the Permanent Representative (PR) of your country with WMO, click here for the contact details of the PR of your country. Please note that the PR may give preference to personnel from the National Meteorological Service or National Hydrological Service of their country. The WMO Fellowship Nomination Forms (FNF) are available here.
    c) be medically fit (see WMO FNF for details).
    d) inform Ms Ineke Melis, UNESCO-IHE liaison officer for WMO fellowships, in case you are going to request WMO support: i.melis@unesco-ihe.org


    For WMO to consider the fellowship nomination all of the above conditions must be met. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified through the PR of their country by the end of July 2015. For further information email: detr@wmo.int.

    more info: www.wmo.int

Candidates from Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) countries are always encouraged to apply for an NFP fellowship, besides any other forms of sponsorship they may be pursuing. Note that the deadlines for submitting applications and necessary documentation may vary per fellowship or scholarship. For the latest information, please visit the relevant websites. Prospective participants are also advised to check with their Dutch diplomatic representation (Netherlands Embassy or Consulate) whether there are any other scholarship opportunities besides those mentioned here.