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

    The new 12 months' Sanitation Master Programme, starting in 2018,focuses on non-sewered sanitation. The Programme includes practical thesis work in developing countries. The new MSc programme is dedicated to targeting needs and delivering specialists with the necessary qualifications, in a short time, . It aims to attract talented and ambitious young and mid-career sanitation professionals (with a BSc degree), working in water supply and sewerage companies, municipal assemblies, government ministries, NGOs and consulting companies. Ideally these individuals are dealing with urban and peri-urban sanitation, especially in informal settlements, and need a broad orientation to become a sanitation expert so they can plan and implement projects and sanitation programmes worldwide. Given the global mission of IHE Delft, regional relevance of partner universities, and the close cooperation with the BMGF and its focus on professionals from South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, the new programme is aiming at applicants from those regions.

    Fifteen top talents will be admitted to the first edition of the MSc in Sanitation (academic cohort 2018-2019) and will receive a scholarship. The fellowships will cover all costs - tuition, living, administration, insurances, travel and research costs. In the subsequent editions, starting from the class 2019-2020, the programme will be open to more students (up to 50) and funding, beyond the scholarships provided by the BMGF, will be necessary. Call for applications is open now. The starting date of the new MSc programme is 23 April 2018.

    The application deadline is 15 November 2017 (23.59 CET)

    more info: www.un-ihe.org/one-year-master-science-programme-sanitation

  • Erasmus Mundus

    A limited number of EU Erasmus Mundus Scholarships is available on a competitive basis for the IMETE programme which starts in 2018. Read more about fellowships opportunities on the website of the programme.

  • 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. Application forms are available online. They are also available from the 10th of January to the 15th of April from the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, C/o Inlaks India Foundation, 86/87 Atlanta, Nariman Point Mumbai 400021.

    more info: www.inlaksfoundation.org

  • JN Tata Endowment for the Higher Education

    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


    Registration for the application form will be available till Monday, 12th March, 2018 till 12.00 noon. The completed application forms will not be accepted after Monday, 19th March, 2018 till 12.00 noon.

  • Joint Japan Worldbank Graduate Scholarship Programme (JJ/WBGSP)

    ATTENTION: The call for applications for a JJ/WBGSP (Preferred Partner) Scholarship will open on 22 February 2018. The deadline to submit your admission letter to the Worldbank is 12 April 2018, so make sure you have send your application for admission to IHE Delft before 21 March 2018.

    The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to women and men from developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a master degree program in a development-related topic. View the complete list of JJ/WBGSP preferred Master Degrees currently offered here (IHE Delft programmes are listed under UNESCO-IHE).

    more info: www.worldbank.org

  • LPDP (Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education)

    For students with Indonesian nationality, graduated from an accredited Indonesian university or an overseas university acknowledged by the Indonesian Higher Education Directorate (DIKTI), maximum age 35 (for Master’s programme) or 40 (for PhD programme). 

    more info: http://www.lpdp.depkeu.go.id/beasiswa/

  • MENA (or MSP) scholarship programme

    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: www.studyinholland.nl

  • National Fellowships in Latin America

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

    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

    The Orange Knowledge Programme merges the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) and NICHE into a single integrated approach. The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to advance the development of the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals and institutions in higher and vocational education. 

    more info: www.un-ihe.org/orange-knowledge-programme

  • Rotary Scholarship for Water and Sanitation Professionals

    Rotary and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education are working together 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 award 10 scholarships annually for graduate students working or living near a Rotary club and provisionally admitted to one of the following MSc programmes (joint programmes are not eligible):

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

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

  • 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

  • Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship

    The Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship focuses on excellent Chinese students who want to study or do research in the Netherlands for at least one academic year during or after their studies in China.


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  • Stuned Scholarship Programme

    The Stuned Scholarship Programme is open for professionals from all over Indonesia who have completed a Bachelor study, in particular educators, government officials, ngo officials and journalists. Stuned aims at a balanced gender representation (minimum 50% women) and gives preference to candidates from less developed areas in Indonesia.

    more info: www.nesoindonesia.or.id


    The deadline for applications for a Stuned Scholarship is March 15, 2018 for Masters Programmes. Application for StuNed Master programme will be opened in January 2018.

  • 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.

    To be considered for a fellowshipfor the academic year 2018-2020 under WMO / IHE Delft joint funding applicants must:
    a) have unconditional admission to one of the following IHE Delft programmes: Hydrology and Water Resources; Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Development; Hydraulic Engineering - Land and Water Development; Hydroinformatics - Modelling and Information Systems for Water Management; Water Quality Management; or, Hydraulic Engineering - Coastal and Port Development. Unconditional admission implies IHE Delft have agreed to both your academic and language suitability.
    b) complete and submit a WMO Fellowship Nomination Form (FNF) to WMO by 1 March. The FNF MUST be submitted through, and approved by, the Permanent Representative (PR) of your country with WMO, click here for the contact details of the PR of your country. 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.
    c) be medically fit (see WMO FNF for details).  

    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 2018. For further information email: detr@wmo.int.

    more info: www.wmo.int

    more info: www.wmo.int

National Fellowships

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

Short Course Fellowships

Click here for more information about fellowships for short courses