VLIR-UOS ITP Scholarships

For the academic year 2021-2022, 12 VLIR-UOS full scholarships are available to follow the first semester of the advanced Master Think Water as International Training Programme (ITP). 

The ITP Solutions for Global Water Sustainability (SGWS) is organized from 13/9/2021 until 3/12/21.  

The objective of the ITP SGWS is to transfer knowledge about sustainable water management, cost-effective water technologies, and restoring, conserving and optimally using services provided by water ecosystems. 

The application deadline is the 20th of June 2021.

Programme content of the ITP SGWS

The ITP SGWS consists of 6 courses:

  • Global water problems and integrated water management: provides insights in the global challenge, the complexity of the water system and the need for a holistic approach. Participants learn to recognize the various demands for water in their region and the methods to reconcile these in a sustainable way.
  • Integrated assessment of water and sediment quality: provides a comprehensive overview of important skills to identify, understand and assess contamination in water and sediments.
  • Advanced water treatment technology: provides knowledge on the nature-based, physicochemical and microbiological methods used for the treatment of drinking and wastewater as well as the reuse of resources.
  • Groundwater management & remediation: teaches groundwater management from the key methodologies to collect hydrogeochemical data to build a conceptual site model, through selecting and managing remediation systems based on chemical, geological and biological site conditions and regulations. This all in the broad context of a groundwater system that is related to a surface water stream, flowing from source to mouth.
  • River morphology and hydrodynamics: provides insights in the transport processes of water and sediment, the morphological behavior of river beds, the design of bank protections, and inland water transport. Participants learn to evaluate river system dynamics and local and global effects of environmental change and human impact (e.g. river engineering works).
  • Nature-based solutions: shows under which circumstances eco-technology is more beneficial and provides insights in the key determinants of aquatic and marine ecosystem functioning. A wide range of applications are provided that are a sustainable, cost-effective and ecologically sound alternative to conventional engineering practices

In all courses, international guest speakers are invited to present a case-study of a successful initiative relevant for ITP participants, and afterwards there is room for debate. Also, theory is complemented with practical exercises, lab work, group assignments, excursions and field visits. Read the full course description to find out more.

ITP participants receive specific assignments and guidance:

  • ‘Start presentation and study day’: ITP participants have to make a presentation at the beginning of the programme in which they outline the most urgent water problems in their home country and their professional background. At the end of the programme, they again have to make a presentation during a study day, but now incorporating the knowledge and skills they have obtained by proposing sustainable solutions. To attain more outreach and networking possibilities, key-note speakers from agencies involved in water and development are invited. 
  • ‘Assignment with guidance’ : Instead of an exam, ITP participants have to make an assignment for each course in which they have to apply the learned skills to problems in their home region. Each course uses a different approach such as an individual case-study, an interactive workshop about a virtual case, a design exercise, an audit, or a discussion of a research paper

After the training, all participants receive a certificate with details of followed courses and obtained grades.

Admission requirements

  • You  hold a master degree (or equivalent) in sciences, applied sciences, applied biological sciences or nautical sciences.
  • You have the required English proficiency. You need to proof that you have studied at least one academic year (or 60 ECTS credits) in an English-language master programme. If not, a TOEFL test is required with a minimum total score of 550 on the paper based test (PBT), or 80 on an internet based test (IBT); or an IELTS test with a minimum overall band score of 6,5 and on each part minimum 6.0. If you have another language certificate, get in touch to ask whether this can be accepted (itp.watertechnology@uantwerpen.be).
  • You are working in the field of water management or water technology, or related. The candidates should have a good overview of water issues in the area they are living or working in. This overview will be used during the programme. Priority is given to employees from governments, research institutes, higher education institutes, and NGO’s.

Eligibility criteria for VLIR-UOS ITP scholarships

Please carefully read the eligibility criteria on the VLIR-UOS website to check whether you qualify for a VLIR-UOS Scholarship. In the aplication form, you must be able to tick all the boxes in order to be eligible for a VLIR-UOS ITP scholarship!

You must be a resident AND national (not necessarily the same country for residence and nationality) from one of the 31 VLIR-UOS countries:

  • Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe
  • Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Vietnam
  • Latin America: Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru

A VLIR-UOS scholarship includes:

  • Tuition fee
  • Airline ticket (economy)
  • Health insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Accommodation
  • Daily allowance

Application procedure

Application deadline is the 20th of June 2021.

Step 1: Read the above eligibility criteria and admission requirements carefully.

Before you decide to apply for the ITP SGWS, make sure that you meet all admission requirements. No exceptions are made. 

Step 2: Fill in the online application form and upload the required documents: 

  • Recent curriculum vitae (Maximum 2 pages)
  • Legalized copy of Master degree
  • Legalized copy of transcript of academic records for each academic year. * Note: ‘Legalized’ means that the copy must be authenticated by the Belgian diplomatic office in the applicant’s country of origin or by the educational institution that issued the degree or by the Ministry of Education.
  • Valid proof of English proficiency (see admission requirements). 
  • Letter of recommendation, preferably from (former) academic staff or from the applicant’s superiors in the institution. The recommendation letter should no older than 6 months.
  • Support letter from your employer stating your present position within the organisation along with a precise description of your professional responsibilities. The employer needs to motivate the importance of the training programme for you and your organization as a whole and confirm your reintegration in the organization after the training.
  • Copy of your international passport

Only documents in English are accepted. Documents in other languages must be officially translated into English by a sworn translator

Selection procedure

  • Compliance with all eligibility criteria and admission requirements.
  • Preference is given to candidates with an excellent study record and capability of becoming a change agent.
  • Motivation: Relation to prior education and professional experience and relevance for career goals. Ability to demonstrate leadership potential, the possibility of transferring knowledge and/or creating extension activities.
  • Professional experience: Related to the programme content (water management, water technology, or related) and preferably working in a research institution, a higher education institution, the government sector (national/regional/local), the sector of social economy, or an NGO.
  • Present employment/reintegration perspectives: Importance of the training for the candidate and the organization as a whole and declaration of reintegration in the organization after the training.
  • Previous scholarships: Preference is given to candidates that have not previously obtained a scholarship to study in a developed country.
  • Gender: In case of two equally qualified candidates, preference will be given to underrepresented gender. The selection commission will aim at a relative balance between the number of men and the number of women awarded a VLIR-UOS scholarship.
  • Regional balance:  Geographical diversity is pursued. The selection commission will try to ensure that 50% of a programme’s scholarships are granted to candidates from sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Social background: In case of two equally qualified candidates, preference will be given to candidates from a disadvantaged area within their country or an ethnic or social minority group.