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 fellowship opportunities below. 

All fellowships

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Scholarship

    Check the tab "Tuition&fellowships" at the webpage of the MSc in Sanitation for the latest information about this scholarship

  • 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.

    All Delft-based MSc Programmes of IHE Delft starting in October 2021 are eligible. Apply for the scholarship by 25 May 2021.

    more info: www.studyinholland.nl

  • Erasmus Mundus

    A limited number of EU Erasmus Mundus Scholarships is available on a competitive basis for the Floodrisk and GroundwatCh Programmes, starting in 2021. 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

  • 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 2021 JJ/WBGSP scholarship applications for developing country nationals will open on 22 March and close on 21 May 2021 (12:00 EST). All interested students from eligible countries and with an unconditional acceptance letter from one of the eligible programmes are welcome to apply starting 22 March.

    Before you submit your applications, applicants are invited to carefully review the eligibility criteria on the JJ/WBGSP website and especially the Guidelines and the FAQ.

    Applications need to be submitted online through the application portal. Part of the application procedure will be that you have to ask to referees to upload a recommendation letter in your application for a JJWBSP scholarship. We advise you to already think about possible referees you may ask. For each eligible IHE program, up to 5 scholarships will be available for the academic year which start in 2021.

    The following MSc Programmes/Specializations are eligible:

    If you are not admitted to one of these above programs, you are not eligible to apply for a JJ/WBGSP Scholarship in 2021 to study at IHE Delft.

    All applications will be reviewed and scored by a pool of independent JJ/WBGSP assessors. The JJWBGSP Secretariat will then submit the list of finalists for final approval to the JJ/WBGSP Steering Committee. The list of selected candidates will be announced during the second half of June 2021. Each JJWB scholar will receive an Award Letter shortly after that.

    more info: www.worldbank.org

  • 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 2021/2022 academic year will open on January 1, 2021. The application deadline will be March 31st, 2021.

    more info: www.rabbanifoundation.org

  • 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

  • MENA-CD Fellowships

    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.

    For the MSc programmes starting in October 2021, the scholarship application deadline is 1 July 2021.

    more info: www.un-ihe.org/mena-cd-fellowships

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Orange Knowledge Programme

    For All 18 months Delft-based MSc programmes, the one-year MSc programme in Sanitation and the joint programme in Limnology and Wetland Management, which will start in October 2021, partial OKP scholarships will be made available. The OKP scholarship will cover the first 12 months of your MSc study. Funding for the remaining months (estimated at EUR 15,000), needs to be covered from other sources. We strongly advise you to search for this co-funding (private means, employer, other). Visit our Orange Knowledge scholarship for MSc Programmes page for more info.

    There will be OKP scholarships available for our short courses in 2021: visit our Short Course Scholarship page for more info.

  • 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, a limited number of scholarships are awarded annually for graduate students at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education’s campus in the Netherlands. These scholarships are designed to promote long-term productive relationships between Rotarians and highly skilled water and sanitation professionals in their communities.

    For the MSc programmes starting in October 2021, the Rotary scholarship application deadline is 15 April 2021.

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

  • Sahel Fellowships

    IHE Delft will provide water professionals from three Sahel countries (Mali, Burkino 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). 

    The fellowships (5 in total) will be awarded in the one batch: MSc Programmes starting in October 2021. To be considered for the Sahel fellowship for the October 2021 intake, you must apply for admission to an MSc programme before 1 July 2021.

    more info: www.un-ihe.org/sahel-fellowships

  • 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

  • SIDS Fellowships

    The SIDS programme is aimed at water professionals from small island developing states.

    For the MSc programmes starting in October 2021, the scholarship application deadline is 1 July 2021.

    more info: www.un-ihe.org/sids-fellowships-1

  • StuNed Scholarship Programme

    The programme is implemented by Nuffic Neso Indonesia on behalf of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Indonesia. All Delft-based MSc programmes are eligible for StuNed.

    For the MSc programmes starting in October 2021, the following deadlines apply for StuNed application:

    -Start/end date of application period for Stuned scholarship: 18 January 2021-22 March 2021
    -Deadline for submitting an online application for admission with IHE Delft: 15 March 2021

    more info: www.un-ihe.org/stuned

  • WMO Fellowships

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

    One of the eligibility requirements is that you are eligible for application and have applied for an Orange Knowledge Scholarship (OKP) as well.

    To be considered for a fellowship for the academic year 2021-2023 under WMO / IHE Delft joint funding applicants must:

    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 2020. For further information email: detr@wmo.int.

    more info: www.wmo.int

  • WWF EFN Professional Development Grants

    The World Wildlife Fund's EFN Professional Development Grants (PDGs) provide support for mid-career nature conservationists to pursue short-term, non-degree training to upgrade their knowledge and skills. These trainings can include short courses, certificate trainings, or conferences among other training opportunities. PDGs support training-related costs, including registration fees and tuition, meals and accommodations, books and materials, international travel, visa fees, and local transportation. 

    All applicants must complete an application by one of the deadlines noted below. 

    Upcoming deadlines:

    • November 1, 2020 - ONLINE or local trainings/conferences only
    • February 1, 2021
    • May 1, 2021
    • August 1, 2021


    more info: www.worldwildlife.org/projects/professional-development-grants

National Scholarships

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

Short Course Scholarships

Click here for more information about scholarships for short courses


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