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Rotary/IHE Delft Masters Scholarships for Water and Sanitation Professionals 2018/2020

The Rotary Scholarships for Water and Sanitation Professionals have been designed to promote long-term productive relationships between Rotarians and highly skilled water and sanitation professionals in their communities.

Application Deadline: 1st April 2019

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: All countries with a Rotary club presence

About the Award: Rotary and the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education have teamed up 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 provide grants to Rotary clubs and districts to select and sponsor a limited number of students each year for the Masters Scholarships for Water and Sanitation.

Rotary scholars will benefit from the support they receive through regular contact with sponsoring Rotarians from their home country and the opportunity to interact with Rotarians in the Netherlands. After graduating, scholars’ expertise will be put to work improving water and sanitation conditions in their own community with a project the scholar and sponsoring Rotarians will design and implement together.

In addition, Rotary Foundation alumni are part of an extensive network of fellow Rotary scholarship recipients and Rotarians worldwide. Becoming involved with a local Rotary club and the alumni association allows scholars to stay connected to Rotary’s global community and resources.

Type: Masters, Grants

Eligibility: Students eligible for the Scholarships for Water and Sanitation must be provisionally admitted to one of the following degree programs at UNESCO-IHE (joint programs are not eligible):

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

Students must also live or work near a Rotary club.

Selection Criteria: Scholars are selected in a competitive process. Candidates are chosen based on their ability to have a significant, positive impact on global water and sanitation issues during their career. Successful applicants will have a strong academic background, significant and relevant professional experience, and demonstrated leadership in the community

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Scholarship: TRF awards scholarships of approximately €34,000, paid directly to UNESCO-IHE. Funding to cover additional costs (including international travel) related to participation in the academic program will be coordinated by UNESCO-IHE.

How to Apply:

  1. Students admitted to UNESCO-IHE’s eligible programs seek the sponsorship of their local Rotary club or district by submitting a scholar application to the potential sponsor.
  2. The potential sponsor receives and reviews the application and the terms and conditions.
  3. Rotarians interview the scholarship candidate and make a decision about sponsoring the applicant.
  4. The sponsor submits a full application online no later than 15 June of the year that the scholarship candidate’s program begins.
  5. The Rotary Foundation reviews the application.
  6. The Foundation awards a scholarship to a limited number of candidates who demonstrate the strongest potential to make a significant, positive impact on global water and sanitation issues during their career.
  7. The sponsor submits a progress report after the scholar’s first year of the program and a final report when the scholar completes his or her academic program.

Visit Scholarship Webpage for details

Award Provider: Rotary, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education

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