Eligibility & Application

Prospective candidates interested in applying for a Fellowship are requested to read the Application Procedure and complete the Application Form, available below


IWA / UNESCO-IHE Fellowships

The IWA / UNESCO-IHE Water Supply and Sanitation Fellowships, launched in 2009, are designed to develop human capacities within organisations active in the water supply and sanitation sectors in low and middle income countries. The Fellowships provide high potential employees with the opportunity to attend world-class academic programmes as a means to enhance their professional capabilities and to enter an international network of renowned water and sanitation experts. As such, the Fellowships enable organisations to more effectively contribute to the provision of water and sanitation services, in turn contributing to the Millennium Development Goals and future international development targets beyond 2015.

Prospective Fellows may enrol in one of the following specialisations (from two MSc programmes) at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education:

Sanitary Engineering (MSc in Municipal Water and Infrastructure)

The specialisation covers the broader urban context and includes centralised versus decentralised approaches, low cost and advanced technologies and engineered and natural systems. Additionally, it focuses on sustainability of systems and their interactions within the urban water cycle.

Water Supply Engineering (MSc in Municipal Water and Infrastructure)
Participants in this specialisation will learn how to deal with technical aspects of drinking water treatment and distribution in an integrated way, focusing on the choice of technologies and tools, ranging from low-cost to advanced options.

Water Services Management (MSc in Water Management)
This specialisation will focus on the provision of water and sanitation services and the management of related infrastructure, design of new institutional and financial instruments and business models for different socio-economic contexts. Read more at www.unesco-ihe.org/master

Cooperating partner: about UNESCO-IHE
The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education is the largest international postgraduate water education institute in the world and the only institution in the United Nations system authorised to confer accredited MSc degrees.

The mission of UNESCO-IHE is to contribute to the education and training of professionals and to build the capacity of sector organisations, knowledge centres and other institutions active in the fields of water, the environment and infrastructure, in developing countries and countries in transition. UNESCO-IHE offers four 18-month Master of Science (MSc) programmes starting every year in October. The first year mainly consists of taught modules. This is followed by a six-month research period resulting in a thesis. Since 1957, the Institute has provided postgraduate education to over 14,500 water professionals from 162 countries, the vast majority from the developing world.