Rotary Scholarships for Water and Sanitation Professionals

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Delft, Netherlands 🇳🇱

The strategic partnership between The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education 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, a limited number of scholarships are awarded annually for graduate students at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education’s campus in the Netherlands.

These scholarships are designed to promote long-term productive relationships between Rotarians and highly skilled water and sanitation professionals in their communities. Since the inception of the partnership in 2012, some 150 scholarships have been awarded.

The application process is as follows: Rotarians interview and select from local candidates who have already been admitted the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education’s regular MSc Programme in Water and Sustainable Development, in one of the following thematic tracks:

  • Water and Health
  • Water Resources and Ecosystems Health
  • Water Hazards, Risks and Climate

When the candidate is deemed suitable, the sponsoring Rotary Club submits (together with the candidate) a fully completed application form to the joint Rotary/IHE Delft selection committee (details can be found below).

When a Rotary scholarship has been awarded, the sponsoring Rotary Clubs maintains contact with the scholar throughout his or her studies. The financing of the successful candidates will be managed through Rotary’s Global Grant process.

About Rotary Scholars

Recipients of this Rotary-scholarship will benefit from the support they receive through regular contact with sponsor Rotarians from their home country and the opportunity to interact with Rotarians in the Netherlands. Rotary alumni constitute an extensive network of Rotary scholarship recipients and Rotarians worldwide. Becoming involved with a local Rotary Club and the alumni association allows scholars to stay connected to Rotary’s global community and resources.

Application Process for 2023-2024 Rotary Scholarships

Students admitted to IHE Delft Institute for Water Education’s 12-month Master of Science program in Water and Sustainable Development can be nominated by a local Rotary Club in their home community by submitting the application form for a scholarship to the Rotary/IHE Delft committee in the Netherlands, together with the student’s resume and the IHE Delft admission letter.

Only completed application forms, fully supported and submitted by the sponsoring Rotary Club will be considered. You can consult this website to find your nearest Rotarian club:

The application form has to be submitted by email to the Rotary/IHE Delft committee in the Netherlands:

We advise you to already prepare and submit your online application for admission to the MSc programme in Water and Sustainable Development 2023, because without an admission letter you cannot apply for the scholarship.

Application procedure in short:

  1. You apply for admission for the IHE Delft Master program in Water and Sustainable Development before 1 April 2023
  2. You search for your nearest Rotary club
  3. You approach them and ask them if they will nominate you for a Rotary scholarship
  4. The application form needs to be completed by you and by the Rotary Club
  5. After full completion the sponsoring Rotary Club submits your application to the Rotary/IHE Delft selection committee in The Netherlands before 15 April 2023
  6. After the selection all candidates will be informed about the outcome before 15 May 2023
  7. Final approval is pending formal endorsement by The Rotary Foundation on 1 July 2023

Rotary-IHE Delft scholarship application form

Please note that only completed application forms, fully supported and submitted by the sponsoring Rotary Club will be considered.

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IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development