SIDS Fellowships

In 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and UNESCO-IHE jointly launched "Strengthening Small Island Developing States’ capacity in the water sector to cope with the effects of climate change”. The project aims to strengthen the capacity of professionals and decision makers to improve water management in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to better address future challenges such as coping with the effects of climate change.

UNESCO-IHE will provide 23 key water professionals with MSc level education on relevant topics for the SIDS. The 18 month MSc programmes include 12-month taught education in Delft, the Netherlands and 6-month field based research, to be conducted on specific problems in the home country of the participant.

Furthermore, UNESCO-IHE will provide 55 water professionals and decision makers with specific expertise on relevant topics, by enabling them to enrol in UNESCO-IHE Short Courses that start in 2016 and 2017.

Interested candidates from eligible SIDS countries, who meet UNESCO-IHE’s admission criteria, are advised to register as soon as possible.

Delft-based MSc Specializations

The deadline for SIDS Fellowships for the 2016-2018 MSc Specializations is 01 July 2016 - 23.59 (CET). 

Please note that only Delft-based MSc Specializations are eligible.

Apply online, by filling out the application form on the specific page of the Delft-based MSc Specialization of your choice. In the part of the application, where you have to answer the question SPONSOR, you fill out: “I wish to apply for a SIDS fellowship”

In all cases, a motivation letter needs to be included, stating you would like to apply for a SIDS fellowship and why following the specific programme helps you or your organization to address future water challenges related to the effects of climate change in the specific SIDS country. You can upload this motivation letter with your application for admission, at the place where you have to upload your letter of motivation.

Short Courses

There are three deadlines for SIDS fellowships for the 2016 and 2017 Short Courses:

  • 15 June 2016 - 23.59 (CET) for Short Courses starting between 05 September and 31 October 2016
  • 12 October 2016 - 23.59 (CET) for Short Courses starting between 16 January and 24 March 2017
  • 03 January 2017 - 23.59 (CET) for Short Courses starting between 03 April and 21 July  2017

Click here for a list of all 2016 and 2017 Short Courses and SIDS fellowship deadline per course.

Those interested in following a Short Course, can apply online, by filling out the application form on the specific page of the short course.

In all cases, a motivation needs to be included, stating you would like to apply for a SIDS fellowship and why following the specific programme helps you or your organization to address future water challenges related to the effects of climate change in the specific SIDS country.

Selection Criteria

You must be living, working and being a resident of a SIDS country to be eligible for this fellowship: in case you will be selected for a fellowship you will be requested to send us an employer's statement, so that we can check if you meet this criteria.

UNESCO-IHE’s selection criteria will be as follows, in order of priority:

  1. Academic Qualifications
  2. Gender (females will be prioritised)
  3. Equal distribution among countries and regions
  4. Employers’ statement: format will be sent to the applicant after application has been received and applicant meets academic admission criteria.
  5. Developing state of SIDS-country (low Income countries will be prioritised)