The Rotary Foundation (TRF) is accepting applications for scholarships in Water and Sanitation at the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in the Netherlands, in 2019.

The partnership between The Rotary Foundation and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education addresses the world’s water and sanitation crisis by increasing the number of trained professionals to plan and implement solutions in developing areas.

A limited number of scholarships are awarded each year for graduate students at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education campus in the Netherlands. Scholars receive a Master of Science degree in urban water and sanitation, water management, or water science and engineering.

The scholarships promote long-term relationships between Rotary members and graduates of the program.

Worth of award

The scholarship can fund:

  • Tuition
  • Room and board
  • Books and materials
  • Other program and direct study-related costs negotiated between TRF and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education
  • Funding to cover additional costs (including international travel) related to participation in the academic program will be coordinated by IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. While additional funding is likely, it is not guaranteed.


  • Students admitted to IHE Delft Institute for Water Education initiate contact with Rotary clubs in their home communities.
  • Rotarians who are aware of water and sanitation professionals seeking to advance their career skills should encourage them to first apply to IHE Delft Institute for Water Education; they must first be admitted there in order to apply for this scholarship.
  • The three eligible Master of Science programs are the Delft-based specializations in Urban Water and Sanitation, Water Management, and Water Science and Engineering (joint programs are not eligible).
  • Students must return to their home country after completing their academic program.
  • Scholars are selected in a competitive process, based on their ability to have a significant, positive impact on global water and sanitation issues during their career.
  • Successful applicants will have a strong academic background, significant and relevant professional experience, and demonstrated leadership in the community.
  • Rotary seeks scholars who wish to use their expertise to improve the lives of others in their own communities and around the world.

Scholars will be expected to maintain good academic performance and participate in the following activities:
• Provide a monthly update on the educational program and their cultural experiences to Rotarian sponsors in their home country.
• Give at least one presentation at a Rotary club or district event in the Netherlands.
• Give at least one presentation at a Rotary district conference in their home country.
• After returning to their home country, work with Rotarian sponsors on an activity to make a positive impact on water and sanitation in their home community.

Note: Rotarians, spouses or lineal descendants of Rotarians, or employees of a club, district, or other Rotary entity are not eligible to apply.

How to apply

  • Students admitted to IHE Delft Institute for Water Education’s eligible programs seek the sponsorship of their local Rotary club or district by completing the scholarship candidate portion of the application and sending it to the potential sponsor.
  • The potential sponsor reviews the application and the terms and conditions.
  • Rotarians interview the scholarship candidate and decide whether to sponsor him or her.
  • The sponsor completes the Rotary club/district portion of the application and submits it, using Rotary’s Grant Center, no later than 15 June of the year that the scholarship candidate’s program begins. Note: Only applications submitted through the Grant Center will be considered.
  • The Rotary Foundation reviews the application.
  • The Foundation awards scholarships to a limited number of candidates who demonstrate the strongest potential to make a significant, positive impact on global water and sanitation issues during their career. Candidates will be notified about the decision in early August.

Deadline: Completed applications must be received by TRF from sponsor Rotarians no later than June 15 of the year in which studies begin.


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