AfWA Research Scholarships 2023 for African Water and Sanitation Professionals

AfWA Research Scholarships 2023 for African Water and Sanitation Professionals

AfWA Research Scholarships 2023 for African Water and Sanitation Professionals

As part of its Capacity-Building Program for African stakeholders in the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector (AfriCap) funded by USAID, the African Water Association is awarding research scholarships to young African water and Sanitation Professionals. Target beneficiaries are master students and engineers in the final year of their training. Each scholarship, with a maximum value of USD 1,000 (One Thousand US dollars), will make it possible to carry out research work sanctioned by a scientific report on a theme related to the WASH sector.

During the 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 academic years, AfWA awarded sixty (60) scholarships to students from eleven (11) countries in West and Central Africa. Other scholarships will be awarded across Africa for a period of three years (2021-2024). For the 2021-2022 academic year, fifteen (15) scholarships have been awarded to students from 13 countries. For the academic year 2022-2023, other fifteen (15) scholarships will be awarded across Africa.

AfWA’s Perspective:

With the recent merger with ESAR-IWA, the Southern and Eastern African representation of the International Water Association, AfWA is now the unique lead-representation of professional organizations in the water and sanitation sector in Africa. The Association is onwards strongly positioned to positively contribute to the sector agenda-setting, policy development, needs identification, and promote innovation and new approaches. By so doing, AfWA seeks to be at the upfront in implementing the African Head of State Sharm El-Sheikh 2008 Declaration aiming at enhancing coverage on water and sanitation in Africa to achieve the MDGs target.

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Application Requirements for the AfWA Research Scholarships 2023:

Candidates for the scholarship program will formulate their research topics in relation to one of the themes proposed in this call for applications. They will also be able to apply to one of the research topics proposed by one of the members of AfWA. Topics will be available on AfWA website. To apply, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Be a citizen of a sub-Saharan African country eligible for USAID funding.
  • Be in good standing academically with respect to their institution.
  • Submit an application file including:
    1. Student card or registration receipt for the current year
    2. Last completed degree
    3. Curriculum vitae (3 pages max)
    4. Three recommendation letters (one should be from the academic supervisor)
    5. Research proposal form to be downloaded from AfWA website

Financial aspect

  • As part of this scholarship, the maximum amount allocated per recipient is US $ 1,000. Sixty percent (60%) of this amount will be paid to the recipient once the detailed plan of the research project is finalized, approved by the research supervisor, and received by AfWA Research and Capacity Building Program Coordinator. The remaining forty percent (40%) shall be paid once the recipient submits the electronic version of their final research report.


Applicants must submit their application electronically at the following addresses simultaneously: and For any request or clarification.

Please send an email to

The list of successful candidates will be published on AfWA website and each beneficiary will receive an official notification from AfWA.

Submission deadline

Students wishing to participate in the program are requested to submit their full application by April 15, 2023. The list of recipients for the 2022-2023 academic year shall be published by June 15, 2023.

Research themes

The following themes were selected for this scholarship program for the 2022-2023 academic year:

  1. Approaches to reducing Non-Revenue Water in water utilities
  2. Improved Water Quality Control
  3. Water services in low-income urban areas
  4. Improvement of urban and peri-urban sanitation
  5. ICT use (Digitalization) in water and sanitation services
  6. Water resources management
  7. Water, sanitation, and gender.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2023.

AfWA Research Scholarships 2023 for African Water and Sanitation Professionals


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