In late April 2018, 15 students from SIDS countries had the honour of receiving their MSc diploma’s in the historical Old Church in Delft. These students had received a fellowship from the Directorate-General for International Cooperation of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the DUPC2 programme of IHE Delft.
What are SIDS fellowships?
The SIDS fellowships are specifically targeted to young professionals from SIDS countries who are working in the water sector and looking to expand their knowledge and experience. Through these fellowships, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IHE Delft hope to effectively contribute to strengthening the capacity of professionals and decision makers to improve water management in SIDS countries.
One of the students who graduated last April, Adele Young, is hoping to bridge the gap between research and industry in the Caribbean. Ms Young received her MSc in Water Science and Engineering with a specialisation in Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Development. “You have people in research, and people in the industry doing their jobs, but there is no interlinkage. There is no transfer of skills in that respect. Being exposed to a strong research base and a strong knowledge base – I think that is really what needs to be developed. I would like to implement my skills and try bridging that gap using the technologies and approaches accessible in other countries and try to translate and scale it to a Caribbean perspective”.
Kem Bartholomew, who graduated with an MSc in Urban Water and Sanitation, with a specialisation in Water Supply Engineering will be returning to his job as a civil engineer St. Vincent and the Grenadines. “My plan for the future is to be able to improve the water supply and demand situation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The country depends on tourism, and tourism is growing, the water demand is growing, the population is growing. We have to manage our limited resources”.
How to apply
If you feel like you want to contribute to your country by building your capacity, apply for a SIDS fellowships here. The fellowships are open to all people from ODA eligible SIDS countries. For more specific details on the requirements, please check the website. The deadline for the admission and fellowship is July 1st, 2018.
Read more on some of our SIDS IHE Delft graduates here.