MENA-CD Fellowships

This programme aims to strengthen the capacity of professionals and decision makers in the water sector to improve water management in the MENA region countries to better cope with the challenges of stressed water resources including under the impacts of climate change.

New deadline

The deadline for this programme is extended to 1 July 2021

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. The fellowships (32 in total) will be awarded in two batches, one starting in October 2020 and one in October 2021.

The 18 months MSc programmes include 6 months of field based research to be conducted preferably on specific problems in the home country of the participants. The research topics will be selected within specified themes addressing water scarcity challenges in the region.

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.

At home, I see the Nile every day. The Nile is very important, it is part of my culture and existence. That is why I am so fascinated to study water.
Sherine Elwattar, Egypt
MSc Programme in Water Management and Governance 2020/2022

Eligibility criteria

  • Candidates are a national of and work and/or live in one of the eligible MENA countries (see below)
  • Academic admission (see ''admission requirements'' at our FAQ) to Delft based IHE Delft MSc Programmes, starting in October 2021 
  • Application for admission submitted before 1 July 2021
  • 'Letter of motivation and vision on Water Scarcity in the Applicant’s Country submitted at application for admission (template)

MENA-CD fellowships may be provided to candidates who are a national of, and work and/or live in, one of the following MENA countries: Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Sudan, Yemen.

I was always interested in the water sector, especially after the start of the Yemeni Civil War, during which the basic infrastructure was heavily damaged, increasing environmental contamination, which consequently put the environment at risk. I thought that this is an issue I can do something about and help my country with.
Arzaq Ahmed, Yemen
MSc Programme in Urban Water and Sanitation 2020/2022

How to apply

Interested candidates from eligible MENA countries (see eligibility), who meet IHE Delft’s admission criteria, are advised to apply for admission and fellowship as soon as possible. You can apply online, via the education section of the IHE Delft website. Please note that only Delft-based MSc specializations are eligible to apply for the MENA-CD fellowships.

Once you have chosen the programme and the specialization, you will find, in the right upper corner, a link to apply online. With your online application for admission, you will be requested to upload a Letter of Motivation and Vision using this template.

When you complete the online application form for admission, choose at question “How do you intend to pay the costs of your study and other expenses”: "scholarship". All applicants from the eligible countries, who have chosen “scholarship”, who have uploaded their motivation and who have submitted their application before 1 July 2021 and meet the IHE Delft academic admission requirements will be taken part in the scholarship selection. Please note that only Delft-based MSc specializations are eligible to apply for the MENA-CD fellowships.

To be considered for the MENA-CD fellowship for the October 2021 intake, you must apply for admission to an MSc programme before 1 July 2021. All candidates will be informed before 31 July 2021 about the outcome of their application for scholarship.

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Selection criteria

  • Academic Qualifications
  • Quality of the motivation/vision letter and recommendation letters
  • Gender (female candidates 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).

MENA-CD fellowship covers

The fellowship covers:

  • total tuition fee for the MSc programme
  • 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 18 months)
  • one return plane ticket (economy class) from candidate’s home country to and from the Netherlands.

Depending on the research topic of the candidate, a limited amount of financial support may be provided for field data collection during the MSc research phase.


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