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:

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

As you need to cover 50% of the scholarship through other sources, you are requested to search actively for funds to cover this remaining amount of EURO 17,500. If you or your employer are able to cover this amount, please sent and e-mail to Ms Ineke Melis, senior admission and fellowship officer (i.melis@un-ihe.org).

Besides the full scholarships offered by Rotary, they also award combined BMGF-Rotary scholarships, so it is advisable to apply for Rotary scholarship. More information on the procedure for Rotary scholarships can be found here.

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 1 July 2022.

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DUPC2 Scholarships for Water Cooperation and Diplomacy

The IHE Delft Water and Development Partnership Programme (DUPC2), funded by DGIS, the development cooperation agency of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is offering up to three scholarships for the Water Cooperation and Diplomacy MSc Programme 2022-23, which is offered jointly with UPEACE in Costa Rica and Oregon State University in the United States of America.

Two of the scholarships are available for current and future water professionals from Sudan, the third for eligible candidates from other countries. Scholars are expected to contribute with their master thesis research to ongoing project activities of IHE Delft. The scholarship is offered for the 17-month duration of the master’s programme. The scholarship will cover the educational fees for the duration of the programme; living expenses in all three countries, insurance and flights.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

Two scholarships are available for candidates from Sudan, one scholarship for a candidate from another country. Successful candidates will be selected through a competitive process. More information on the admission criteria and applications and selection procedure is available on the website of UPEACE.

Candidates have to submit their application to UPEACE in order to be academically admitted to the programme. The application includes a motivation letter, and candidates should indicate that they wish to apply for a DUPC2 scholarship. An interview will be scheduled with short-listed candidates.

Application Procedure & Contact Information

  • Questions about the application procedure can be sent to: specialprogrammes@upeace.org .
  • Questions about the scholarship should be addressed to Jenniver Sehring ( ).
  • Deadline for application is 31 May 2022.
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Erasmus Mundus

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

More info: www.un-ihe.org/joint-msc-programmes

FirstRand Foundation scholarships

The FirstRand Foundation scholarships are available to South African citizens for postgraduate study outside South Africa in any discipline at an international university of their choice. Successful candidates will have excelled academically in their chosen field and will have been able to demonstrate: leadership qualities; strength of character; community involvement; and potential to be a destiny changer in his or her chosen field. More info: bursaries.firstrand.co.za/

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. 

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. IHE Delft's MSc Programme in Water and Sustainable Development is on the list of preferred JJ/WBGSP programmes.

The window for 2022 JJ/WBGSP scholarship is open from March 29, 2022 to May 27, 2022. 

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 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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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. Fellowships will be awarded for the academic year 2022-2023.

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.

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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 Dutch Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) aims to contribute to sustainable and inclusive development by offering access to education and training to professionals and organisations. OKP Scholarships will be available for IHE Delft's new Master of Science in Water and Sustainable Development and the Joint MSc programme in Limnology and Wetland Management, both starting in 2022.

More info: www.un-ihe.org/okp

For more info about OKP scholarships for short courses, visit: www.un-ihe.org/short-course-scholarships

OKP-LPDP: StuNed Joint Scholarship Programme

Scholarship for Indonesian mid-career professionals to pursue a master’s degree at a Dutch Higher Education Institution. Interested candidates need to apply by 29 March 2022 (deadline extended).

In 2021, Nuffic Neso Indonesia, Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) and Directorate General of Higher Education – Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture (DIKTI) agreed to collaborate in a joint scholarship programme through its StuNed Scholarship and DIKTI-LPDP Scholarship programmes. In 2022, this collaboration has been integrated into the Orange Knowledge Programme.

The OKP - LPDP joint scholarship programme aims to optimise the resources that the collaborating organisations have by focusing on specific areas that are mutually relevant and important to Indonesia's development priorities, the development of key expertise in the Dutch knowledge sector, and the bilateral cooperation agenda of the two countries. Target Group This scholarship targets Indonesian mid-career professionals who aim to contribute to Indonesia’s sustainable and inclusive development.

Interested candidates need to apply by 29 March 2022 (extended deadline) to the Orange Knowledge Programme (via Delta) and to LPDP E-Beasiswa online application system -StuNed Joint will be included in the 'co-funding' sub-group in the Beasiswa S2/S3 (dalam dan luar negeri) category- to qualify for this joint scholarship.

More info: www.studyinholland.nl

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Qalaa Holdings Scholarship Foundation

The Qalaa Holdings Scholarship Foundation was created in 2007, out of a strong will to contribute to national development through creating high caliber professionals to help enhance Egypt’s growth in all sectors. The Foundation is funded by an endowment from Qalaa Holdings to grant academic scholarships for talented and promising young Egyptian men and women to pursue master degrees abroad, such as the MSc in Water and Sustainable Development. Apply before 15 April 2022.

More info: qalaascholarships.org/

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 be available for IHE Delft's new Master of Science in Water and Sustainable Development.

More info: www.un-ihe.org/rotary

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). Two fellowships will be awarded to applicants with admission to the MSc programme in Water and Sustainable Development, starting in October 2022.

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

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.

More info: www.un-ihe.org/sids-fellowships

Sudan Scholarships

The Sudan Scholarships are offered in the framework of the project: “Supporting water management in the Sudan through capacity strengthening and applied research”, aiming to strengthen the capacity of professionals and decision makers in the Sudanese water sector to improve future water management.

More info: www.un-ihe.org/sudan-scholarships

Water Leader Scholarship

IHE Delft’s MSc Programme in Water and Sustainable Development educates future water leaders, and through the Water Leader Scholarship, the Institute will offer financial support to four students with particularly strong leadership potential. The Water Leader Scholarship waives the full tuition fee of the MSc Programme in Water and Sustainable Development (2022/23) for the top winner and waives half of the tuition fee for three others.

More info: www.un-ihe.org/waterleaderscholarship

WFF EFN Russell E. Train Fellowships

Russell E. Train Fellowships support individuals pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in conservation and related fields. Each year, WWF supports committed conservation leaders and scientists from target countries to receive financial support for their studies and research.

2023 Fellowship: Food is Local

EFN invites applications from the current and next generation of researchers and practitioners to pursue graduate-level studies geared towards research that cultivates a better understanding of the place-based nature of food system transformation.

To increase your chance of being awarded this fellowship, IHE Delft recommends to apply for the Water, Food and Energy track of the MSc in Water and Sustainable Development.

2023 Fellowship: Enhancing Capacity for Current and Aspiring University Faculty

To strengthen local capacity in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and Caribbean, WWF’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) seeks to support current and aspiring faculty members to pursue PhD degrees in-country, regionally, or globally. The objective of this competitive fellowship is to advance the development of a critical mass of outstanding and well-trained experts, natural and social scientists, and practitioners who will continue to increase the learning, research, and engagement in conservation science and leadership.

Both fellowship programmes are open to nationals of: Belize, Brazil, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Dem. Republic of Congo, Ecuador, French Guiana, Gabon, Guyana, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Paraguay; Peru, Republic of Congo, Suriname, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam

The application cycle for 2023 Train Fellowships is now open. The deadline to apply for either fellowship opportunity is 2 February 2023.

More info: www.worldwildlife.org/projects/russell-e-train-fellowships 
Apply at: wwf.submittable.com/submit

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, https://community.wmo.int/fellowships-applications) 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 community website: https://community.wmo.int/members .
  • 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.
  • be medically fit (see WMO FNF for details).

The WMO Fellowship Nomination Forms (FNF) are available here.

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: community.wmo.int/fellowships-applications

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