Sudan Scholarships

The Sudan Scholarships are offered in the framework of the project: “Supporting water management in the Sudan through capacity strengthening and applied research”, aiming to strengthen the capacity of professionals and decision makers in the Sudanese water sector to improve future water management.

Scholarships will be connected to the previously identified research topics and tailor-made trainings. These topics are about 1) rainfall runoff-modelling of parts of the Blue Nile catchment area; 2) water harvesting (modelling, monitoring, implementing) in the Darfur states; 3) biophysical and social elements of water productivity in the Gezira Scheme; 4) social and/or environmental impact analysis of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

IHE Delft will provide water professionals from Sudan with MSc level education in Delft.  About 5 scholarships will be awarded to applicants with admission to the MSc programme in Water and Sustainable Development, starting end of October 2022.

Selected candidates are expected to partake in a number of scoping and training activities in Sudan in August and September 2022 before they start their MSc study at IHE Delft; and in December 2023 after they have finished their MSc study. These activities might involve collecting data or contacting stakeholders relevant for students’ thesis topics before, and contribute to tailormade trainings on these topics after their MSc. For these activities, candidates will also receive an allowance.

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

In this particular program these are issues connected to the topics above and approached from technical and/or social angles. For the scoping and training activities students will be supported by IHE staff, partner universities in Sudan and external training and capacity building experts. 

Eligibility criteria

  • Candidates are a national of and work and/or live in Sudan
  • Academic admission to the MSc programme in Water and Sustainable Development 2022
  • Meet English language requirements. See for additional information the ‘financial info’ section below. Also candidates who do not possess English language test at this moment are strongly advised to apply for admission
  • Application for admission submitted before 1 June 2022
  • Motivation statement (by answering five specified questions, see “How to apply” below).
  • Priority will be given to female applicants.

How to apply

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 motivate that you are specifically interested in this project and answer these questions as detailed as possible. When answering the questions refer to the research topics and indicate your preference:

1) rainfall runoff-modelling of parts of the Blue Nile catchment area; 2) water harvesting (modelling, monitoring, implementing) in the Darfur states; 3) biophysical and social elements of water productivity in the Gezira Scheme; 4) social and/or environmental impact analysis of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

The questions you need to answer when completing your application are the following:

  1. Why are you applying for this programme? Max 600 characters.
  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.
  3. How will this programme enable you to address above-mentioned challenges, issues or problems? Max 1000 characters.
  4. What are your most relevant qualifications and experiences that make you a suitable candidate for this programme? Max 1000 characters.
  5. Where do you see yourself five years after you have graduated? Max 1000 characters.

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 Delft admission committee will decide if you meet the academic admission criteria. If this is case you will receive a (conditional) admission letter and you will automatically take part in the selection for the Sudan scholarship.

In July 2022 you will be informed if you have been selected for a scholarship.

Selection criteria

  • Academic Qualifications
  • Quality of the motivation
  • Recommendation letters
  • Gender (female candidates will be prioritised)

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 of the programme (not exceeding 12 months)

For the scoping and training activities student will be compensated 50 EUR/day plus additional travel expenses should these be needed.

If you are interested in the programme and the scholarship, but do not have sufficient language test, do not hesitate to apply for admission. An English language test is required for final admission, but you can already apply for admission without this English language test. All applicants who are interested in this scholarship will be considered for admission and scholarship, also those who do not yet have sufficient English. Should you be pre-selected for the scholarship, you may be given a conditional admission and conditional scholarship award. You will still be given the opportunity to do the English test to fulfil the requirement and be compensated in case you have financial challenges.

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