IWC Masters Scholarships (Master of Integrated Water Management)

Brisbane, QLD, AU

The IWC Masters Scholarships are a prestigious award granted annually to high calibre candidates who clearly demonstrate potential as future water leaders. Scholarships are available to study the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) at The University of Queensland in Australia.

2017 Scholarships (International) – now open!

Applications are now open for international candidates (closing date: 1 August 2016).

You are an international candidate if you are not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand or Australian permanent resident. Domestic candidates can view available scholarships here.

Available scholarships

The International WaterCentre (IWC) is offering up to three scholarships for international candidates for full-time study of the MIWM program starting in Semester 1, 2017. These include:

Scholarships details


Type A Scholarships – Full tuition and full living costs scholarships


Each scholarship is valued at AU$92,645 and will cover:

  • Full tuition fees for full-time study of the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management program commencing in 2017 (up to AU$52,500 for 18 months of study)
  • Living expenses stipend (valued at AU$36,000 for 16 months) payable in equal monthly instalments
  • Return air travel to Australia (pre-approved, economy class airfare to and from Brisbane, via the most direct route up to a maximum of AU$2,500)
  • UQ Student Services and Amenities Fee (valued at AU$145)
  • Cost of Student Visa for a single student (valued at AU$550)
  • Cost of the Overseas Student Health Cover for a single student (valued at AU$950 for 18 months)

Important – please read the Terms and Conditions to see what is included and how the scholarship will be paid out.

Targeted to

International candidates who meet the minimum eligibility requirements (see below), hold citizenship and currently live in one of the priority countries in the Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

One of these scholarships will be reserved and awarded to a female candidate.



Type B Scholarship – Full tuition scholarship


This scholarship is valued at approximately AU$52,500 and will cover:

Targeted to

International candidates who meet the minimum eligibility requirements (see below), hold citizenship and currently live in North America, Europe or Asia.

Eligibility requirements

To apply for a scholarship, you must:

  • Have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field of study from an internationally-recognised institution;
  • Have at least two years of professional experience (paid work or volunteering experience) relevant to the program;

Although professional experience is not essential for admission in the MIWM program, candidates with relevant professional experience have a higher chance of securing a scholarship – see Selection Criteria below.

  • International candidates must also demonstrate English Language Proficiency (see UQ’s Policy including minimum scores for IELTS, TOEFL or PTE). A proof of English language proficiency needs to be uploaded with the online application form.

Important – Terms and Conditions

Before you apply for a scholarship, please read the IWC Masters Scholarships Terms and Conditions (PDF).

How to apply

Applications for the IWC Masters Scholarships are now open for international candidates for the 2017 intake. Apply now!

You are an ‘international candidate’ if you are not an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

Important dates (for international candidates)

  • Opening date: 1 May 2016
  • Closing date: 1 August 2016 – 5:00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified (via email) on 23 August 2016 and the Scholarships Selection Panel will make a final decision on successful recipients by 1 November 2016.
  • The IWC Master of Integrated Water Management will commence in February 2017 at The University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia)

Selection criteria

The Scholarship Selection Panel will use the following selection criteria to assess and rank applications:

  1. Leadership qualities including collaboration and team work, flexibility, initiative, communication skills, integrity and vision through professional, educational, community and other achievements. 
  2. Professional and volunteering record: relevant employment and volunteering experience, achievements, membership of professional bodies and professional references.
  3. Academic record: an excellent academic record and a likelihood of success in further study.
  4. Commitment to promoting and driving the implementation of collaborative, whole-of-water-cycle, integrated and interdisciplinary approaches to water management.
  5. Potential outcomes: the likelihood of positive impacts on the individual and the water sector from participating in the MIWM program.

Selection process

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted (via email) on 23 August 2016. Applicants who have not been shortlisted will also be notified by this date.

At the end of August, shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit an application for admission into the MIWM program at The University of Queensland (UQ).

In mid-October the Scholarship Selection Panel will decide on successful scholarship recipients (from those who have been shortlisted and received an unconditional offer of admission in the MIWM program from UQ).

Successful recipients will be notified (via email) on 1 November 2016. The value of their scholarship will be outlined in their scholarship offer letter from the IWC.

More details about the scholarships selection process can be found in the Scholarships Terms and Conditions (PDF).

Partial scholarships

Unsuccessful scholarships applicants who are accepted in the program as full-fee paying students will have access to IWC partial scholarships up to the value of AU$9,500. Further details will be published on this page in November 2016.

Questions regarding scholarships or program content

  • Phone: +61 7 3014 0200

Watch our webinar recording (by Dr Brian McIntosh)

Dr Brian McIntosh, IWC Senior Lecturer and Education Director presented a webinar on Wednesday 29 June 2016 to introduce the MIWM program/ scholarships and answer participants’ questions.

If you missed the webinar or would like to watch it again, please click on this link.