About the scholarships

In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), IHE Delft Institute for Water Education (IHE Delft) launches a new Master of Science Programme in Sanitation. This unique, internationally recognized programme is designed for completion in 12 months and there are fellowships available for top talents. The new programme will start on 23 April 2018 and is based at IHE Delft in the Netherlands, with thesis work abroad.

The state-of-the-art content was developed and provided by the world’s top experts from both academia and practice. This demand-driven and practice orientated programme will yield graduates with fundamental understanding and knowledge as well as the skills necessary for creating impact. All graduates will benefit from a dedicated career development programme, supported by the BMGF and will become a member of the Global Faecal Sludge Management Learning Alliance and alumni community.


Fifteen top talents will be admitted to the first edition of the MSc in Sanitation (academic cohort 2018-2019) and will receive a scholarship. In the subsequent editions, starting from the class 2019-2020, the programme will be open to more students (up to 50) and funding beyond scholarships provided by the BMGF will be necessary.


The new MSc programme is dedicated to targeting needs and delivering specialists in a short time, with the necessary qualifications. It aims to attract talented and ambitious young and mid-career sanitation professionals, working in water supply and sewerage companies, municipal assemblies, government ministries, NGOs and consulting firms. Ideally these individuals are dealing with urban and peri-urban sanitation, especially in informal settlements. Participants should have a Bachelor’s or equivalent engineering degree (e.g. civil, sanitary, environmental etc.) or degree in other relevant fields (e.g. public health, medicine, urban planning, finances, administration, economics, etc.).

Given the global mission of IHE Delft, regional relevance of partner universities, and the close cooperation with the BMGF and its focus on professionals from South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, the new programme encourages people from those regions to apply, without excluding applicants from Latin America, North America and Europe. Women, irrespective of their geographical location, are encouraged to apply.

How to apply


Note: The starting date of the new MSc programme is 23 April 2018.(Netherlands)

For more details,visit Official website