Fellowships

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

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Scholarships

For the academic year 2022-2023 there will be scholarships available from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which cover approximately 50% (€17,500) of the total cost of the programme.

The candidate is expected to cover the remaining part. These scholarships are available for the Sanitation profile of the track Water and Health. Other tracks and profiles are not eligible for the BMGF scholarship. The matching funds can be provided by yourself, your employer or any other sponsor, or combination of those. Especially women are strongly encouraged to apply for this scholarship.

Eligibility criteria

If you wish to apply for this scholarship you need to meet the following criteria:

  • Be from a low or middle income country (see list on OECD website)
  • Have a provisional admission to the programme
  • Have secured 50% matching funds (evidence required)

Application deadline for BMGF Scholarship

1 May 2022

Application procedure

If you meet all the above-mentioned conditions, you will be automatically shortlisted for this scholarship. You do not need to apply separately for it.

Selection criteria

At least half of the scholarships will be awarded to female candidates. Selection will furthermore be based on your motivation which you need to present in the application form when you submit your online application. It is therefore of utmost importance to pay additional attention to the motivation questions.  Applicants whose motivation has the best fit with the programme objectives will pass to the next stage of selection (interview).

Selection results

Selection results for BMGF Scholarships will be available on 15 August 2022.

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DIKTI-LPDP-STUNED Joint Scholarship Programme

This scholarship targets young Indonesian potentials with excellent profile to pursue their master’s degree in participating Dutch Higher Education Institutions, including IHE Delft, in courses that are related to the following fields: Water Management and Technology; Entrepreneurship, Sustainable and Circular Economy focusing on Fisheries and Marine; and Fisheries and Maritime Sciences and Technology.

The deadlines for this scholarship for the academic year 2022-2023 have not yet been announced. As soon as the information for the year 2022 has come available, the website will be updated.

more info: www.studyinholland.nl

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Erasmus Mundus

A number of EU Erasmus Mundus Scholarships is available on a competitive basis for the Floodrisk and GroundwatCh Programmes, starting in 2022. Read more about fellowships opportunities on the website of the programmes.

Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP)

The Indonesian Education Scholarship (BPI) for PhD programmes is a scholarship programme funded by the Indonesian government and is managed by LPDP to finance higher education in Indonesian or overseas institutions.

It involves a full scholarship for programmes at top universities. The applicants targeted for the BPI scholarship are Indonesian citizens with excellent academic achievement and strong leadership quality who wish to continue pursuing studies on a Master’s or PhD level.

IHE Delft's PhD degrees are awarded jointly with a relevant partner university (Delft University of Technology, Wageningen University and Research, University of Amsterdam, Twente University) depending on the affiliation of the professor with who you’ll be registered. Therefore the IHE Delft PhD programme is eligible for funding from LPDP.

more info: LPDP Website

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Inlaks Scholarships

Inlaks Scholarships provide the opportunity to young Indian people with exceptional talent in any field to broaden their vision abroad and improve their skills to operate in society, thus making them a future vehicle of change in their environment. The scholarships are of two types: university courses and specific programs. More info: www.inlaksfoundation.org

JN Tata Endowment for the Higher Education of Indians

The JN Tata Endowment for the Higher Education of Indians has been helping Indian students since 1892 with loan scholarships for higher studies. People consider it a matter of great pride to be called a 'JN Tata Scholar'. There are now more than 5,004 JN Tata Scholars all over the world. More info: www.jntataendowment.org

Joint Japan Worldbank Graduate Scholarship Programme (JJ/WBGSP)

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program is open to women and men from developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts.

The window for 2022 JJ/WBGSP scholarship applications for developing country nationals will open again in 2022. Application is expected to open from late March to late May 2022. The outcome of the selection is then expected to be announced mid-June. The exact dates will be indicated on the website, when this information has come available.

more info: www.worldbank.org

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Mahmoud S. Rabbani Scholarship

The Mahmoud S. Rabbani Scholarship is intended for Arab students who have been officially accepted into a Master’s or PhD programme in the Netherlands.

Candidates must be nationals of any of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen, or Sudan. The maximum amount of an MSR scholarship is €15,000. Applications for the 2022/2023 academic year will open on January 1, 2022. The application deadline will be March 31st, 2022.

more info: www.rabbanifoundation.org

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MENA (or MSP) scholarship programme for short courses

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Programme (or MSP) offers scholarships for short courses 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: MSP Scholarships for Short Courses

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MENA CD

IHE Delft will provide water professionals from seven MENA countries (Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Yemen) and Sudan with MSc level education in Delft on relevant topics for MENA region water scarcity. 5 fellowships will be awarded for the academic year 2022-2023.

To increase the relevance for MENA specific water scarcity challenges, and to stimulate cooperation between professionals from different disciplines offered by IHE Delft, the students will participate in a number of additional MENA-dedicated activities.

The fellowship includes: full tuition fee, health insurance, cost of visa/residence permit for the Netherlands and a monthly allowance of EUR 970 per month from the start till the end date to the programme (not exceeding 12 months)

Eligibility criteria

  • Candidates are a national of and work and/or live in one of the eligible MENA countries: (Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Yemen) and Sudan
  • Academic admission ('admission requirements: www.un-ihe.org/application-and-admission) to the MSc programme in Water and Sustainable Development 2022 
  • Application for admission submitted before 1 May 2022
  • Strong motivation statement.

Application procedure

  • Please submit an online application for admission through the website of IHE Delft. When you are completing your application, you will be requested to answer 5 motivation questions. In order to increase your chances for scholarship, you are requested to answer these questions as detailed as possible and focus in your motivation on your vision on Water Scarcity in your country. The questions you need to answer when completing your application are the following:
    1. Why are you applying for this programme? Max 600 characters with spaces
    2. What are the specific challenges, issues or problems (in your country, region or worldwide) that you would like to address once you have completed this study? Max 1000 characters with spaces.
    3. How will this programme enable you to address above-mentioned challenges, issues or problems? Max 1000 characters with spaces.
    4. What are your most relevant qualifications and experiences that make you a suitable candidate for this programme? Max 1000 characters with spaces.
    5. Where do you see yourself five years after you have graduated? Max 1000 characters with spaces.
  • There is a question in the application form, where you have to provide financial information.  Under the heading Financial, there is a question called: payment options. There you have to select: Scholarship.
  • After receipt of your application, IHE admission committee will decide if you meet the academic admission criteria. If this case you will receive a provisional admission letter and you will automatically take part in the selection for a MENA scholarship.
  • In July you will be informed if you have been selected for a scholarship. As the number of MENA scholarships is limited, you are requested to search in the meantime for other scholarships.

Selection criteria

  • Academic Qualifications
  • Quality of the motivation
  • Recommendation letters
  • Gender (females will be prioritised)
  • Distribution among countries (when a final list of prospective participants is available, IHE Delft will assign fellowships as equitably/equally as possible between the countries eligible for the fellowships).
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National Fellowships in Latin America

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

As IHE Delft is a UNESCO affiliated Institute and not a regular university, it may not appear in their website listings of eligible institutions. It is worth applying for funding once you have been academically accepted by IHE Delft, as these organisations will most likely consider your fellowship application. The name UNESCO-IHE (former name of IHE Delft) may appear in some application systems.

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

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OFID

OFID sponsors outstanding young students from developing countries through graduate studies in a development-related discipline.

OFID awards its scholarships to qualified applicants who have obtained or are on the verge of completing their undergraduate degree and who wish to study for a Master’s degree. 

Applicants must be from a developing country (except OFID Member Countries), and he/she must first obtain admission to pursue a Master’s degree studies in a relevant field of development, from any recognized university/college in the world. 

More info: www.ofid.org

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Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)

The Orange Knowledge Programme individual scholarships are open to mid-career professionals, who are nationals of - and living and working in – one of the following countries: Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen and Zambia.

Scholarships will be available for:

  • MSc programme in Water and Sustainable Development, starting in 2022
  • Joint MSc programme in Limnology and Wetland Management, starting in 2022

This information still needs to be confirmed and therefore the information stated below is with reservation. Nevertheless, as the time of application will be short and a good preparation improves the chances on a scholarship, we advise you to already apply for academic admission and prepare the required OKP documents.

How to apply

Step 1: check if you are eligible

Before you apply, make sure you review the eligibility criteria carefully (www.studyinholland.nl/sites/default/files/2020-06/okp-information-for-applicants.pdf) and check whether your employer is willing to nominate you for the scholarship. When you meet the criteria, you can start making the necessary preparations for your application.

Step 2: apply for admission to the IHE Delft MSc programme of your choice

You will need to have academic admission for an eligible MSc programme at IHE Delft before you can apply for a scholarship. Please check the programmes and admission criteria and submit your online application for admission:

For the MSc programme in Water and Sustainable Development: https://www.un-ihe.org/application-and-admission.

For the joint MSc programme in Limnology and Wetland Management: https://www.un-ihe.org/msc-programmes/specialization/limnology-and-wetland-management-0

IHE Delft aims to notify you about the outcome of your application within three weeks. If your application is accepted by IHE Delft you will be notified per email.

Submit your online application for admission by 1st March 2022 at the latest. In the meantime, start already to prepare the documents that need to be submitted to OKP (see below). 

Step 3: apply for OKP through DELTA

You can apply for an Orange Knowledge Programme scholarship through Delta, the online application tool for Orange Knowledge scholarships during the scholarship application period. This is expected to be between the 2nd week of February and the 2nd week of March 2022. All candidates who have been academically accepted will receive an e-mail when Delta opens and you can submit your OKP application.

Please take note of the following:

  • You first need to have academically acceptance to one of IHE Delft eligible MSc programmes (see Step 1)
  • For most countries sufficient English test will be required. Please check if this is required for your country: https://www.un-ihe.org/english-language-requirements. If required, register to do this test as soon as possible as it may take time and test results should be submitted before the OKP application deadline.
  • If you are applying for the joint MSc programme in Limnology and Wetland Management, please note that a copy of your Boku admission letter needs to be submitted with your online application for admission with IHE before the OKP application deadline.
  • It will not be necessary to upload an admission letter in Delta, but a valid passport copy will be required.
  • You will need to prepare and collect all the necessary documents in advance, this may take some time.
  • Incomplete applications in Delta will not be accepted, so please pay utmost attention to the documents you will need to prepare.
  • At this moment it is not yet possible to register for OKP scholarship. Delta is expected to open 2nd week February 2022. You will by then receive a link. We strongly advise you to already prepare the required documents as stated below. It is important that you discuss the relevance of the study programme you wish to follow for you and for your employer beforehand. In your employer statement you have to provide information on this relevance and this is an important selection criterion.

The following documents will be required for OKP application:

  • The employer of the scholarship applicant supports the scholarship application through a positive reference, declares that it will continue to pay the salary of the scholarship recipient during the programme and after his/her return will give the scholarship recipient an opportunity to apply what he/she has learned in practice.
  • Check government statement requirements to see whether or not you will need to submit: www.studyinholland.nl/sites/default/files/2020-06/government-statement-requirements-orange-knowledge-programme.pdf
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Rotary Scholarship for Water and Sanitation Professionals

The strategic partnership between The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education aims 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, scholarships are awarded annually to IHE Delft MSc students. The scholarships are designed to promote long-term productive relationships between Rotarians and highly skilled water and sanitation professionals in their communities.

The Rotary Scholarships will continue for the new MSc programme in Water and Sustainable Development. More info about these scholarships will be published on this page in November 2021. One of the key principles will remain unchanged: a candidate must be admitted to IHE Delft first and secondly a candidate must find a local Rotary club to support the application.

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Sahel Scholarships

IHE Delft will provide water professionals from three Sahel countries (Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger) with MSc level education in Delft on relevant topics for Sahel region (water for food, water and health and water peace and security). 2 fellowships will be awarded for the academic year 2022-2023.

To increase the relevance for MENA specific water scarcity challenges, and to stimulate cooperation between professionals from different disciplines offered by IHE Delft, the students will participate in a number of additional MENA-dedicated activities.

The fellowship includes: full tuition fee, health insurance, cost of visa/residence permit for the Netherlands and a monthly allowance of EUR 970 per month from the start till the end date to the programme (not exceeding 12 months)

Eligibility criteria

  • Candidates are a national of and work and/or live in one of the eligible MENA countries: (Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Yemen) and Sudan
  • Academic admission ('admission requirements: www.un-ihe.org/application-and-admission) to the MSc programme in Water and Sustainable Development 2022 
  • Application for admission submitted before 1 May 2022
  • Strong motivation statement.

Application procedure

  • Please submit an online application for admission through the website of IHE Delft. When you are completing your application, you will be requested to answer 5 motivation questions. In order to increase your chances for scholarship, you are requested to answer these questions as detailed as possible and focus in your motivation on your vision on Water Scarcity in your country. The questions you need to answer when completing your application are the following:
    1. Why are you applying for this programme? Max 600 characters with spaces
    2. What are the specific challenges, issues or problems (in your country, region or worldwide) that you would like to address once you have completed this study? Max 1000 characters with spaces.
    3. How will this programme enable you to address above-mentioned challenges, issues or problems? Max 1000 characters with spaces.
    4. What are your most relevant qualifications and experiences that make you a suitable candidate for this programme? Max 1000 characters with spaces.
    5. Where do you see yourself five years after you have graduated? Max 1000 characters with spaces.
  • There is a question in the application form, where you have to provide financial information.  Under the heading Financial, there is a question called: payment options. There you have to select: Scholarship.
  • After receipt of your application, IHE admission committee will decide if you meet the academic admission criteria. If this case you will receive a provisional admission letter and you will automatically take part in the selection for a SAHEL scholarship.
  • In July you will be informed if you have been selected for a scholarship. As the number of SAHEL scholarships is limited, you are requested to search in the meantime for other scholarships.

Selection criteria

  • Academic Qualifications
  • Quality of the motivation
  • Recommendation letters
  • Gender (females will be prioritised)
  • Distribution among countries (when a final list of prospective participants is available, IHE Delft will assign fellowships as equitably/equally as possible between the countries eligible for the fellowships).
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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

StuNed

The programme is implemented by Nuffic Neso Indonesia on behalf of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Indonesia. Deadlines for 2022 are not yet available and will be announced on this website when this information has come available. More info: www.studyinholland.nl

SIDS Fellowships

For the academic year 2022-2023, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will make available an additional 5 fellowships for the MSc programme in Water and Sustainable Development. To increase the relevance for SIDS specific challenges, and to stimulate cooperation between professionals from the different disciplines offered by IHE, the students will participate in a number of additional SIDS-dedicated activities.

Eligibility criteria

  • Academic admission ('admission requirements: www.un-ihe.org/application-and-admission) to the MSc programme in Water and Sustainable Development 2022 
  • Application for admission submitted before 1 May 2022
  • SIDS fellowships will be provided to participants from the following SIDS countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Cabo Verde, Comoros, Cook Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Federated State of Micronesia, Montserrat, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome & Principe, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Application procedure

Please submit an online application for admission through the website of IHE Delft. When you are completing your application, you will be requested to answer 5 motivation questions. In order to increase your chances for scholarship, you are requested to answer these questions as detailed as possible and focus in your motivation on your vision on the main water-related challenges to achieve the SDGs in your country and explaining how you can contribute to achieving these goals in your country/region after graduation. These questions are mentioned below, so that you can prepare yourself:

  1. Why are you applying for this programme? Max 600 characters with spaces
  2. What are the specific challenges, issues or problems (in your country, region or worldwide) that you would like to address once you have completed this study? Max 1000 characters with spaces.
  3. How will this programme enable you to address above-mentioned challenges, issues or problems? Max 1000 characters with spaces.
  4. What are your most relevant qualifications and experiences that make you a suitable candidate for this programme? Max 1000 characters with spaces.
  5. Where do you see yourself five years after you have graduated? Max 1000 characters with spaces.
  • There is a question in the application form, under the heading Financial, called: payment options. There you have to select: Scholarship.
  • After receipt of your application, IHE admission committee will decide if you meet the academic admission criteria. If this case you will receive a provisional admission letter and you will automatically take part in the selection for a SIDS scholarship.
  • There is no need to submit a separate application for a scholarship.
  • In July you will be informed if you have been selected for a scholarship. As the number of SIDS scholarships is limited, you are requested to search in the meantime for other scholarships.

Selection criteria

  • Academic Qualifications
  • Quality of the motivation
  • Recommendation letters
  • Gender (females will be prioritised)
  • Distribution among countries (when a final list of prospective participants is available, IHE Delft will assign fellowships as equitably/equally as possible between the countries eligible for the fellowships).
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WMO Fellowships

WMO is partnering with IHE Delft to jointly support one or two scholarships a year from developing and least developed countries to undertake the MSc programme in Water and Sustainable Development. To be considered for a fellowship for the academic year 2022-2023 under WMO / IHE Delft joint funding applicants must:

  • have unconditional admission to the IHE MSc programme in Water and Sustainable Development.
  • complete and submit a WMO Fellowship Nomination Form (FNF) to WMO by 1 March 2022. The FNF MUST be submitted through, and approved by, the Permanent Representative (PR) of your country with WMO. You will find the contact of your country’s Permanent Representative in the WMO Country Profile Database: https://old.wmo.int/extranet/pages/index_en.html.
  • WMO can only consider your request for scholarship if your application is formally presented through the officially designated Permanent Representative of your Government with the Organization. This is usually the Director of National Meteorological and Hydrometeorological Service(s). 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
  • be medically fit (see WMO FNF for details).

For WMO to consider the scholarship 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 2022. For further information email: .

more info: www.wmo.int

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