Fellowships for UNESCO-IHE programmes

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Climate change and urbanization
Postdoc: Ms. Huynh Thi Lan Huong
Local / regional institute: Viet Nam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment
Huynh Thi Lan Huong from the Viet Nam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment (IMHEN) as a senior researcher and Acting Director of the Climate Change Research Division. Her main expertise is in the area of flood forecasting and river basin modeling. “Viet Nam is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world with regard to climate change. With the rapid economic growth that the country experienced over the last years, the cities are expanding immensely and trying to cope with the emerging challenges in urban developments. Sector organizations in Viet Nam need to strengthen their capacity in order to respond adequately to climate change. In addition, it is necessary to learn more about new tools and technology in forecasting events such as extreme rainfall, sea level rise, etc. After my post-doc research at UNESCO-IHE I will apply these tools to a real-life environment in order to anticipate and respond to climate change challenges in my country. 


Mangrove ecosystems under climate change conditions
Postdoc: Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Cuc
Local / regional institute: Water Resources University (WRU), Viet Nam 

Nguyen Thi Kim Cuc is currently lecturing at the Water Resources University in Hanoi, Viet Nam. She obtained her PhD in Forest Ecology at Ehime University in Japan. “My current occupation and personal interest requires broad knowledge of climate change and its effect on ecosystems. Viet Nam is one of the largest rice exporting countries in the world with the largest number of rice fields situated in the Mekong River Delta. According to predictions from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, if the sea level rises by 1m (as a consequence of climate change), around 70 percent of the Mekong Delta will be flooded with salt water. This will result in the loss of around 2 million hectares of rice fields. In turn, this will not only affect the region, but food security levels around the world as well. By actively participating in the PRoACC Programme I will be able to gain the knowledge that is needed to develop sound strategies for mitigation and adaptation to climate change, through an integrated approach. Furthermore, an opportunity to have discussions with multi-disciplinary experts and participants from other countries forms the basis for a strong network in the future.”


Waste water reuse towards climate change
Postdoc: Ms. Trinh Thi Long
Local / regional institute: Southern Institute of Water Resources Research (SIWRR), Viet Nam 

Trinh Thi Long is currently employed at the Southern Institute of Water Resources Research in Viet Nam and the Director of the Centre of Environment Science and Technology. Climate change in the Mekong Delta is likely to impact water resources. Drought becomes severe, water scarcer, and more pollution while the demand for water is increasing, whether for intensive agriculture, recently expanding aquaculture, residential development, or for newly developed commercial and industrial enterprises. The academic and professional publications are also the outputs of the study. With the wish in this study to contribution to sound water resources management toward adaptation to climate change in the Mekong Delta and that in the years to come, the indicators identifying and the wastewater management strategies promoting will provide data and scientific basic to help decision makers decide how best to use its policy-making and programme management resources in general and wastewater treatment in particular, to respond to climate change toward adaptation and mitigation. Ultimately, this data will aid authorities and their constituents to evaluate the success of their climate change efforts, for environmental indicators are a key tool for evaluating existing and future programs and supporting informed decisions with sound science. We, the post-docs coming from different regions in the Mekong river basin, fully hope that the postdoctoral scholars are a valued segment of the research community of UNESCO-IHE and contribute to its success.


Vulnerabilities management and risk modeling
Postdoc: Mr. Van Pham Dang Tri
Local / regional institute: Cantho University, Viet Nam 

With a wide range of scientific background (Land Management, Soil Science and River Modelling and Geomorphology), VAN Pham Dang Tri currently working at Can Tho University, Vietnam is focusing on integrated research with great attention to river modelling and understanding the impact of climate change on the behaviour of the river network. Within the PRoACC project, he is in charge of (i) integrating results from different previous research on future climate pattern (focusing mainly on hydrological and temperature pattern) along the Mekong River and sea level rise in the East Sea; and, (ii) modelling the river network in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam and projecting the impact of future climate change scenarios on the flood pattern and annual hydrograph along the river network. The findings from this project will be valuable not only for the Mekong Delta but also for other deltaic systems around the world. Further information on his CV and research can be found at www.trivan.bravehost.com or contact him directly at vpdtri@ctu.edu.vn

Learn more: http://www.unesco-ihe.org/Post-Doctoral-Research-Programme-on-Adaptation-to-Climate-Change-PRoACC/Research-areas



Guide to browse online or download the pdf file for an easy-to-print version.

DEADLINE:  5 February 2013

Increase your expertise in one of our MSc programmes, and gain substantial insight into the international water arena while meeting fellow professionals from around the globe.

Expand your specialisation area by doing independent scientific research in our PhD programme. Your conclusions will directly benefit your research region.

Choose an online course to upgrade your skills from the comfort of your home or office.

short course is for you if you have a specific area of interest and a limited amount of time.

Tailor-made training is designed your staff if they require training in solutions for specific problems to immediately apply at work.


If you are considering an MSc programme, the application deadline for the MSc programmes starting in October is in August of the same year. In case you wish to apply for financial assistance, the application deadline for a fellowship is usually much earlier.


For candidates seeking financial assistance to cover all or part of their studies in one of the UNESCO-IHE programmes or courses, please see the list of known fellowship opportunities below.

Candidates from Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) countries are always encouraged to apply for an NFP fellowship, besides any other forms of sponsorship they may be pursuing.

Note that the deadlines for submitting applications and necessary documentation may vary per fellowship or scholarship. For the latest information, please visit the relevant websites.

Prospective participants are also advised to check with their Dutch diplomatic representation (Netherlands Embassy or Consulate) whether there are any other scholarship opportunities besides those mentioned here.


The Netherlands Fellowship Programme is intended to deepen and broaden the knowledge and professional skills of mid-career professionals to enable them to make a better contribution to the development of their organizations and their countries.

Prospective participants can apply for the NFP fellowship via SOL (Student Online) of Nuffic.

Candidates should be working in a developing country (for the list of NFP countries visit www.studyinholland.nl ) in a development-related position, and be nominated by their employer, who pledges to continue payment of their salary and hold their job for them while they are studying in the Netherlands.

NEW: On 28 august 2012 Burma/Myanmar was added to NFP country list

For further info go to: www.studyinholland.nl


Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of development agencies with mandates that include the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion of private-sector enterprise and the revitalisation of historic cities.

AKDN agencies conduct their programmes without regard to faith, origin or gender.

Aga Khan as got an international scholarship programme to sponsor needy students in the countries where it operates.

The scholarships are awarded on a 50% loan and 50% grant. They are normally few and are awarded on a competitive basis.


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Scholarships in Sanitary Engineering
The scholarships in Sanitary Engineering are funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and will be awarded to students who wish to study the MSc programme in Urban Water and Sanitation, in one of the following joint specializations:

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation contribution is equivalent to approximately half of the estimated costs of study towards a Masters in Sanitary Engineering (including tuition fees as well as living expenses, travel costs, accommodation etc.). Provision of the remaining fund is the responsibility of the applicant and its exact amount depends on the choice of specialization.


China Programme (Nuffic)

The China Programme focuses on excellent Chinese students who want to study or do research in the Netherlands for at least one academic year during or after their studies in China.


Indonesian Ministry of National Education (for Indonesians)
The Indonesian Ministry of National Education (MoNE), in particular the Directorate General of Higher Education (DIKTI), has several scholarship and grant schemes in place as part of the effort to increase the capacity of lecturers at state and private universities in Indonesia. The funding provides for degree studies abroad (MA and PhD), Post-docs, and joint research.


Participants from World Bank member countries can apply for a fellowship from the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programme (jj/wbgsp). The deadline for applications for the Master Programmes that start in October is March 31 of that same year.


MEDRC Scholarship Program
The MEDRC Scholarship Program offers graduate students from the MENA region the opportunity to study at universities from around the world while participating in a MEDRC research project. Through this approach, it is expected that students will gain skills that will make a long-term contribution to the further development of desalination in their respective countries. The Program also aims to increase cross-cultural understanding by stimulating international exchange (for prospective students from the MENA region interested in the WSE specialization of the UWS programme)


MENA scholarship programme
The MENA Scholarship Programme offers around 120 scholarships a year to professionals.The scholarships can be used for selected short courses in the Netherlands. They are proportionally distributed among the participating countries. Ideally, half of the scholarships are allocated to female applicants.


OFID (The OPEC Fund for International Development) SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
The OFID Scholarship will be awarded to support an undergraduate student from any developing country, to pursue higher education in a relevant field of development, in any recognized university/college in the world.


Rotary Scholarship for Water and Sanitation Professionals
Rotary and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education have formed a strategic partnership which aims to tackle the world’s water and sanitation crisis by increasing the number of trained professionals to devise, plan, and implement solutions in developing and emerging countries. Through this partnership, The Rotary Foundation will award 8 scholarships annually for graduate students working or living in the eligible countries, and provisionally admitted to one of the following MSc programmes (joint programs are not eligible):

For more information about the scholarship and eligibility, please click here.

Schlumberger Foundation/Faculty for the Future
The Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future program is awarding fellowships and supporting women academics in science and engineering from developing and emerging countries for their advanced graduate study at top universities abroad.


SKILL (Stimulating Knowledge Innovation through Life-long Learning) offers funding forSouth African students for the following opportunities:

  • For master’s students to follow master’s courses of up to three months at a Dutch university, in the fields of Water and Water Management, Agriculture, Transport and Logistics, Tourism and Finance and Accounting.
  • For junior academic staff to obtain their master’s degree at a Dutch university.
  • For aspiring PhD candidates to participate in a course in South Africa to draft a research proposal.



The stuned Scholarship Programme is open for professionals from all over Indonesia who have completed a bachelor study, in particular educators, government officials, ngo officials and journalists. Stuned aims at a balanced gender representation (minimum 50% women) and gives preference to candidates from less developed areas in Indonesia.

The deadline for applications for a stuned Scholarship is April 1 for the Masters Programmes that start in October of the same year.


World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
It is possible to apply for a fellowship from WMO if you are academically accepted to the MSc programme in Water Science and Engineering, specialisation Hydrology and Water Resources or Hydroinformatics.

If you are interested please contact the permanent representative to WMO for your country to inquire if you are eligible to apply for this fellowship.


More information




Follow these steps to apply to one of UNESCO-IHE’s MSc Programmes (unless an alternative application procedure is specifically mentioned in the text of the specialization of your choice).


Read carefully through the contents of all MSc Programmes and their specializationsbefore deciding which programme and specialization will benefit you the most.

We advise you to apply for the programme/ specialization that best suits your academic background, work experience and that would best meet your future plans.

Please keep in mind that you only can apply for one (1) programme per academic year at the same time.


Check if you meet the following admission requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a field related to the programme you would like to join. If an MSc programme/ specialization has specific requirements, they are mentioned at the particular MSc programme/ specialization page.
  • In principle, candidates should have some working experience in an environment related to the specialization. At least three years experience is normally preferred.
  • The English language requirements for all of UNESCO-IHE’s educational programmes.


Click here to download the MSc application form.

Collect the documents that are needed to apply, and which should be sent with your completed and signed application form:

  • Certified photocopies of your degrees/ diplomas;
  • Copy of academic transcripts translated in English (this is a list with subjects that you followed at university, including the marks you obtained);
  • Two reference letters, preferably one from a person that can judge your professional abilities (current employer) and one from a person that can judge your academic abilities;
  • Copy of passport;
  • Copy of results of English language test score, if required (see the English requirements here).


Only send your application if it is complete: incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. However, if you do not have your English language test result yet, you can already send the application without it. If applicable, you will receive a conditional admission letter. In this case final admission may be given later after receipt and approval of the English language test.

Send your application by airmail to:

UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
Student Affairs Office
P.O. Box 3015
2601 DA Delft
The Netherlands

As your original signature is required, as well as the original and certified documents mentioned above, UNESCO-IHE can not and does not accept electronic, scanned nor photocopied applications.


Follow these steps to apply to the UNESCO-IHE PhD programme


Check that you meet admission requirements. To apply to our PhD programme, candidates should preferably hold a UNESCO-IHE MSc degree obtained with an overall mark of 7.5 or higher. An MSc degree from another university or institute, equal to the standard of UNESCO-IHE, may also be acceptable. That determination is made by the Diploma Validation office of Nuffic in The Netherlands after UNESCO-IHE has received the complete application.


If you feel you meet the admission criteria, submit an application package. We need the following information (hard copies only) to consider your application:

  • a completed application form, click here to download a PhD application form;
  • a detailed curriculum vitae;
  • originally certified photocopies of academic BSc and MSc transcripts/marksheets (the stamp on the copy should be original);
  • originally certified photocopies of academic BSc and MSc diplomas/degrees/certificates (the stamp on the copy should be original);
  • a brief research proposal (not more than 10 typed sides of A4) including introduction, problem statement, methods, expected results, and bibliography;
  • an abstract of your MSc thesis;
  • 2 reference letters;
  • copy of your passport;
  • an English test. For more information on the English requirements click here
  • in case you already have a sponsor: the confirmation letter written by this sponsor.


Please note, that we accept hard copies only, no electronic, scanned or photocopied documents. Therefore we kindly request you to send your PhD application documents by airmail/post to:

UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
Student Affairs Office
PO Box 3015, 2601 DA Delft
The Netherlands


Follow these steps to apply to a UNESCO-IHE Short or Online Course


Read carefully through the contents of all Short Courses or Online Courses before deciding which course will benefit you the most.


Click on the online application link in the right column on the page of the course you wish to enroll and submit after filling out the form. Your application is now completed, UNESCO-IHE will contact you with further information.


Visit the FAQ pages for more practical information about UNESCO-IHE’s courses and programmes


(Source: http://www.unesco-ihe.org/Education/Prospective-Students/Education-Training-Guide-2013)