Water Sector Study Scholarship for New Zealand and Australian Citizens in the International WaterCentre (IWC) Water Leadership Program Scholarship 2020/2021

Participate in this funded water-centered professional development program that helps you to develop the abilities you need to take on and lead integrated water management projects.

The International WaterCentre, in collaboration with like-minded organizations focused on leadership development in the water sector, offers selected individuals a range of scholarships for water-centered courses which covers tuition fees for selected courses and provides allowances for the duration of the program. award

See full details on the scholarship, eligibility, and how to apply below. 

Application Deadline: September 30, 2020


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The 2020/21 scholarship awards include a total of 6 scholarships:

  • Two (2) scholarships funded by IWC (1 x full scholarship*, 1 x half scholarship*)
  • Two (2) scholarships funded by Clearwater (2 x full scholarships*)
  • One (1) scholarship funded by NSW Water Directorate (1 x full scholarship**)
  • One (1) scholarship funded by Stormwater NSW (1 x half scholarship*)

The full scholarships marked * are valued at $12,500. The three full-tuition scholarship offered include:

  • Travel allowance to eligible candidates to study the Water Leadership Program from the International WaterCentre and Clearwater.
  • Course fees of $10,500 not including GST
  • A $2,000 allowance to cover expenses (such as travel and accommodation).

The full scholarships marked **  are valued at $10,500. This 1 full-tuition scholarship:

  • Comes with no travel allowance
  • Covers the beneficiary’s course tuition of $10,500 only to study the Water Leadership Program from the NSW Water Directorate in partnership with the IWC.

The half scholarships marked * are valued at $6250. These 2 partial-tuition scholarships:

  • Will cover half of the beneficiary’s course fees amounting to $5250, with the recipients covering the remaining half of the course fees. 
  • Will grant the beneficiary a $1,000 allowance to cover expenses such as travel and accommodation


The Scholarship is open to team, project, and middle managers who are:

  • Citizens/permanent residents of Australia/New Zealand
  • Currently working in Australia or New Zealand in the Australian or New Zealand water sector 

And also satisfy the following criteria:

  • Has a minimum of three years of experience working in the water sector.
  • Has a present professional role that is relevant to the criteria stipulated by at least one available scholarship.
  • Is proficient in the English language.
  • Is willing and able to travel to Brisbane and participate in both face-to-face training sessions in February and July 2021.
  • Has formal support from their current employer to attend the program (if currently employed).
  • Has a strong dedication to learning and personal development, including the ability to respond positively to feedback.
  • Is passionate about improving their technical and mechanical skill sets 
  • Aspired to improve their ability to influence stakeholders and drive change in order to deliver more integrated forms of water management.


  • The scholarships will be awarded to qualified individuals with an evidenced drive to emerge as water influencers.
  • Beneficiaries of the scholarships are expected to fully participate in all segments of the program.
  • The scholarships offered for this year are valid for this year alone, cannot be postponed, and are not transferable to other people.
  • The IWC retains the right to request for a refund of all funding granted to a scholarship awardee if they fail to complete all requirements of the program 
  • Beneficiaries may not apply for, hold, or receive another form of a scholarship to allow them to participate in the IWC Water Leadership Program unless approved by the IWC.
  • Each scholarship recipient will need to consult with the organization funding their scholarship to seek to align their individual leadership development project (part of the program’s activities) with activities that the funding organization is seeking to support.
  • Beneficiaries will be required to work closely with the IWC’s marketing department to provide photos, interviews, or written testimonials for promotional purposes.
  • Scholarship recipients will be required to write a short ‘reflection report’ for relevant managers in funding organizations and the IWC on finalization of the program
  • Beneficiaries of the scholarship will also be required to provide a short presentation to the organization funding their scholarship during or shortly after the end of the program. The presentation will cover the benefits the recipient has gained from the program and include a presentation of their individual leadership development project. 
  • The IWC reserves the right to terminate any participant’s involvement in the leadership program in the event of unprofessional behavior.
  • Applicants who do not formally accept the scholarship in writing by email within 3 days, will have their slot awarded to another applicant.

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Application Instructions

Read the Terms and Conditions for this scholarship before applying.

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About International WaterCentre (IWC) Water Leadership Program Scholarship 2020/2021

Established in 2005, the International WaterCentre is focused on training and enabling individuals, communities, and organizations, to develop innovative approaches to respond to water challenges in innovative ways.

The Organization is committed to building and sustaining relationships between Australian and international experts to jointly facilitate integrated water management approaches to resolving urgent water issues.

Currently supported by a worldwide network of more than 170 partners and associates, the International WaterCentre (IWC) Water Leadership Program Scholarship annually offers a range of scholarships that vary year to year depending on the interests of sponsoring organizations who wish to fund leadership development in the water sector.

For the 2020/21 edition, a total of 6 scholarships are being offered. 

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Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for all applications is September 30th, 2020

Training sessions will be held in February and July 2021.

All applications will be assessed with strict adherence to the following criteria:

  • Compliance with mandatory criteria for entry to the program and the criteria associated with each scholarship
  • The extent to which the participant is ready to benefit from the program
  • The potential benefits from enhancing the participant’s leadership ability
  • The extent to which the participant has the characteristics typically associated with people who benefit the most from leadership development programs.

More specifically, the scholarship assessment process follows the following steps:

  • Assessment of whether the applicant meets the eligibility criteria for the Water Leadership Program and scholarships (note that all scholarships have specific criteria associated with them).
  • Assessment of information provided by the applicant which is used to assess their potential to benefit from the program (50% weighting).
  • Assessment of information supplied directly from the applicant’s referees which is also used to assess the potential of the applicant to benefit from the program (50% weighting). 

The final number and value of scholarships awarded will remain at the discretion of IWC and will depend on the quality and quantity of entries received.

The decision of the scholarship assessment panel is final and not subject to negotiation

Selected candidates will travel to Brisbane and attend both face-to-face training sessions in February and July 2021

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