GWP Ken Thiess Memorial Scholarship, Australia

Thursday, August 22, 2013
Applications for the Global Water Partnership - Ken Thiess Memorial Scholarship are now open to female candidates from developing countries.
The scholarship will fund study and living expenses to undertake the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management commencing in 2014 in Australia.

The aim of this scholarship is to build capacity in female leadership in Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and through doing so, to improve the implementation of IWRM in the home nation of the scholar.

The scholarship is to support the tuition fees and living expenses of a female candidate from a developing country to come to Australia and study the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management commencing in 2014.

Scholarship value
The scholarship is valued at approximately AU$ 83,368 which includes:
  • Full-tuition fees for the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management program commencing in 2014 (valued at AU$ 48,240 over 18 months);
  • Cost of student visa for a single student (valued at AU$ 500)
  • One return flight between country of origin and Brisbane, Australia to a maximum cost of AU$ 3,000;
  • Overseas Student Health Cover for 18 months (valued at AU$ 778 for 18 months);
  • Living expenses stipend (valued at EUR 20,000 or AU$ ~$29,000* for 18 months), payable in equal monthly instalments in Australian dollars
  • Attendance at the 17th International Riversymposium conference in 2014 (valued at AU$ 1,850).

The scholarship only covers the costs described above for a single student (without any dependents). The scholarship does not cover costs associated with bringing family members to Australia.
The living expenses stipend provides EUR 20,000 (payable in Australian dollars) which may not cover the full living. To live comfortably an additional AU$ 5,000 or so of funding by means of additional scholarship or part-time/casual work in Australia (in both cases, secured by the applicant themselves) may be necessary. Any such work must comply with the relevant student visa conditions.

Eligibility requirements
To be eligible to apply for the scholarship you need to:
  • Be a female, citizen of one of the GWP 84 partner countries ^ (note that affiliation to the GWP is not required, you only need to be a citizen of one of these countries)
  • Have at least five years of experience in the water sector managing Integrated Water Resource Management projects
  • Apply for admission in the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) program as an international student and meet the entry requirements:
      • A completed undergraduate degree in a related field of study from an internationally-recognised institution.
      • English language proficiency, as demonstrated by an officially recognised test of English language proficiency

Applications for the GWP Ken Thiess Scholarship will remain open until 13 September 2013.


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