SIDS Fellowships

The SIDS programme is a unique fellowship programme aimed at water professionals from small island developing states. Fellowships are available for the MSc Programme in Water and Sustainable Development starting in 2022. Candidates apply for academic admission before 1 June 2022.

Application deadline

The application deadline for this programme is extended to 1 June 2022

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands has made available a number of fellowships for the MSc Programme in Water and Sustainable Development at IHE Delft starting in October 2022. MSc Fellowships will be provided to participants from ODA SIDS countries and cover the cost of tuition fees, accommodation, insurance and travel.

During the taught part in Delft, extracurricular workshops will be organised to strengthen the relations amongst SIDS water professionals and to stimulate the building of a Community of Practice.

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Eligibility criteria

  • Academic admission to the MSc programme in Water and Sustainable Development 2022 
  • Application for admission submitted before 1 June 2022
  • SIDS fellowships will be provided to participants from the following SIDS countries: Belize, Cabo Verde, Comoros, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Federated State of Micronesia, Montserrat, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome & Principe, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
We need to look after the water in our region. Because of environmental changes and the subsequent sea level rising. It’s time that we try to manage what we have
Amit Singh, Fiji
Alumnus Water Management and Governance 2015/2017
At IHE Delft I found reaffirmation of my passion for natural resource management through being immersed in a melting pot of academic, social, and cultural experiences
Maxine Welsh, Grenada
Alumna Water Management and Governance 2018/2020

How to apply

Please submit an online application for admission through the website of IHE Delft. When you are completing your application, you will be requested to answer 5 motivation questions. In order to increase your chances for scholarship, you are requested to answer these questions as detailed as possible and focus in your motivation on your vision on the main water-related challenges to achieve the SDGs in your country and explaining how you can contribute to achieving these goals in your country/region after graduation. These questions are mentioned below, so that you can prepare yourself:

  1. Why are you applying for this programme? Max 600 characters with spaces
  2. What are the specific challenges, issues or problems (in your country, region or worldwide) that you would like to address once you have completed this study? Max 1000 characters with spaces.
  3. How will this programme enable you to address above-mentioned challenges, issues or problems? Max 1000 characters with spaces.
  4. What are your most relevant qualifications and experiences that make you a suitable candidate for this programme? Max 1000 characters with spaces.
  5. Where do you see yourself five years after you have graduated? Max 1000 characters with spaces.
  • There is a question in the application form, under the heading Financial, called: payment options. There you have to select: Scholarship.
  • After receipt of your application, IHE admission committee will decide if you meet the academic admission criteria. If this case you will receive a provisional admission letter and you will automatically take part in the selection for a SIDS scholarship.
  • There is no need to submit a separate application for a scholarship.
  • In July you will be informed if you have been selected for a scholarship. As the number of SIDS scholarships is limited, you are requested to search in the meantime for other scholarships.

Selection criteria

  • Academic Qualifications
  • Quality of the motivation
  • Recommendation letters
  • Gender (females 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).

Interview with Adele Young, MSc student with a SIDS fellowship


In 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and IHE Delft jointly launched the project "Strengthening Small Island Developing States’ capacity in the water sector to cope with the effects of climate change”. This 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. 

Under the programme, 57 water professionals from 20 countries,responsible for key decision making processes in the SIDS’ government, successfully graduated or will soon defend their MSc thesis at IHE Delft. Another 67 water professionals and decision makers from 29 SIDS countries participated in short courses to enhance their expertise on relevant topics.


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