Rotary Graduate Scholarships for Water and Sanitation Professionals

The Rotary Scholarships for Water and Sanitation Professionals have been designed to promote long-term productive relationships between Rotarians and highly skilled water and sanitation professionals in their communities. Rotary scholars will benefit from the support they receive through regular contact with sponsoring Rotarians from their home country and the opportunity to interact with Rotarians in the Netherlands. After graduating, scholars’ expertise will be put to work improving water and sanitation conditions in their own community with a project the scholar and sponsoring Rotarians will design and implement together. The Rotary Foundation awards annually 10 scholarships to graduate students.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

Students eligible for this scholarship must be provisionally admitted to one of the following degree programs at UNESCO-IHE (joint programs are not eligible):

Students must also live or work near a Rotary club. To search for a Rotary club, visit the Club Finder page on rotary.org.

Application Process

Students provisionally admitted to one of the three eligible UNESCO-Institute for Water Education (IHE) academic programs will seek the sponsorship of their local Rotary club or district. Please review the Application Tool Kit in the documents list for further details regarding the application process.

Scholars are selected in a competitive process. Candidates are chosen 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.Completed applications must be received by TRF from sponsor Rotarians no later than 15 June of the year in which studies begin. Applications submitted directly to TRF by the student will not be considered. , offers a fully accredited Master and PhD degree program.

TRF awards scholarships of approximately €34,000, paid directly to UNESCO-IHE. Funding to cover additional costs (including international travel) related to participation in the academic program will be coordinated by UNESCO-IHE.

Questions about the scholarship and application process can be sent to grants@rotary.org.


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