SIDS Fellowships

In 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and IHE Delft jointly launched "Strengthening Small Island Developing States’ capacity in the water sector to cope with the effects of climate change”. The project aims to strengthen the capacity of professionals and decision makers to improve water management in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to better address future challenges such as coping with the effects of climate change. 

IHE Delft will provide 14 key water professionals from ODA-eligible SIDS* with MSc level education on relevant topics for the SIDS, starting in October 2018 in Delft. The 18 month MSc programmes include 6 months' field based research, to be conducted preferably on specific problems in the home country of the participant. During the taught part in Delft, extra-curricular workshops will be organised to strengthen the relations amongst SIDS water professionals and to stimulate the building of a Community of Practice. 

Admission criteria

Academic admission to IHE Delft MSc Programmes may be granted to applicants who provide evidence of having:

  • a university level Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field, which has been awarded by a university of recognised standing, comparable in level with a Bachelor degree from a research university in the Netherlands.
  • a good command of the English language, if this is not the first language. All non-native English-speaking applicants must satisfy the English language requirements for IHE Delft's educational programmes.

Work experience in an environment related to the programme is an asset. At least two years work experience is in general preferred.

How to apply

Interested candidates, national of and working in an ODA eligible SIDS country, 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 Master of Science section of the website. Once you have chosen the programme and the specialization you will find, in the right upper corner, a link to apply online. Instructions will follow on how to make a user account. Once you have done that you can apply for admission and fellowship. Please read and follow the instructions carefully and also check out our FAQ, you will find valuable information there.

With your online application for admission, you will be requested to upload a motivation letter in which you state why you are applying for a SIDS fellowship and why, following the specific programme, this helps you or your organization to address future water challenges related to the effects of climate change in the specific SIDS country. Please note that only Delft-based MSc specializations are eligible.

To be considered for a SIDS fellowship, you must apply for admission to an MSc specialization before 1 July 2018.

Selection criteria

  • Academic Qualifications
  • Gender (females will be prioritised)
  • Equal distribution among countries and regions
  • ODA-eligible SIDS-country

When a final list of prospective participants is available, IHE Delft will assign fellowships as equally as possible between the different ODA-eligible SIDS.

*ODA-eligible SIDS

The AIMS (Africa, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea)

Cabo Verde, Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Maldives, Mauritius, Sao Tome & Principe, Seychelles

The Caribbean

Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname

The Pacific

Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated State of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

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