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.

Application deadline

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

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. Fellowships (about 10) will be awarded to applicants with admission to the MSc programme in Water and Sustainable Development, starting in November 2022.

During the study programme in Delft, the MENA-CD fellowship students will participate in extracurricular workshops to discuss/learn MENA specific water scarcity challenges, strengthen relations amongst MENA water professionals, and stimulate the building of a Community of Practice. The MSc thesis research topics of the MENA-CD fellowship students should address water related issues relevant in the student’s home country and/or the MENA region.

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
IHE Delft MSc Student 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 ('admission requirements: to the MSc programme in Water and Sustainable Development 2022
  • Application for admission submitted before 1 June 2022
  • Motivation statements (by answering five specified questions, see “How to apply” below).

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
IHE Delft MSc Student 2020/2022

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 five 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 Water Scarcity in your country. The questions you need to answer when completing your application are the following:
    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, where you have to provide financial information.  Under the heading Financial, there is a question 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 MENA scholarship.
  • In July you will be informed if you have been selected for a scholarship. As the number of MENA scholarships is limited, you are requested to search in the meantime for other scholarships.
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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).

Financial info

The fellowship includes: full tuition fee, 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 12 months)


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