International Travel Award: Call for Applications   Leave a comment

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About the Award:

The CIES International Travel Award (ITA) for Distinguished Service in Educational Reform was established through an endowment from George Soros and the Open Society Institute (OSI), and expanded under CIES President Ratna Ghosh to encourage distinguished researchers and practitioners from the Global South to participate in CIES conferences. Launched at the 2009 annual conference, the endowment attempts to facilitate the participation of international education experts, who serve in countries where international projects are implemented.

Grant amount and numbers:
Several awards of $1,000 USD each will be awarded for travel to the upcoming Annual Meeting of CIES. Conference participants from countries in the Global South with at least five (5) years of professional experience in educational development are eligible to apply.

Grant requirements:
Applicants must have submitted a paper presentation abstract through the conference proposal submission system and receive acceptance for inclusion in the upcoming conference program. Although applicants may also wish to apply for the UREAG (Under-represented Racial, Ethnic and Ability Groups) Committee Travel Awards , those selected to receive travel funding will be limited to only one CIES travel award.

Application documents:

A complete application includes:

  • The application form
  • A 500-word personal statement
  • A copy of your conference proposal abstract
  • Your resume or CV


The deadline for applications is October 18, 2018. Nominations, applications, and queries should be sent via e-mail to the ITA Chair.

How to apply:

Please click here to download the application form and send all components of your completed application in one email to and write ‘CIES 2019 ITA Application’ in the subject line.


Waitt Foundation Accepting Proposal for Small Grants Program   Leave a comment

Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) Grants

About the Waitt Foundation:

Mission: Restoring our oceans to full productivity.

Vision: Given the rapid decline of marine resources, the mission of the Waitt Foundation is to protect and restore ocean health.  The Foundation funds initiatives globally with a focus on marine protected areas and sustainable fishing policy and practice.  They provide grants, technical assistance, strategic advice, and support innovative ocean science.  For maximum impact, they partner with unique coalitions of governments, funders, NGO, academics, and businesses.

About the grant:

The Waitt Foundation is accepting proposals for its Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) Grants Program, which provides small grants with a quick turnaround time for solutions to emerging conservation issues. The program is designed to be responsive to

  • conservation opportunities,
  • support higher-risk ideas at a low financial cost, and
  • engage with small, local nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations on a global scale.

Grant amount:

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to support projects related to the Waitt Foundation mission of supporting sustainable fishing and marine protected areas (MPAs).

Grant cycle:

Project funds will be distributed within two weeks of funding decisions, which are made on a monthly rolling basis throughout the year. In addition, spending of the funds must commence within one month of granting, and be completed within six months.


To be eligible, applicants need not hold advanced degrees, but must demonstrate a commensurate level of experience and expertise with respect to the proposed project; and must have and maintain legitimate affiliation with an academic institution or NGO for the duration of the grant project. In addition, ROC grants should constitute the sole or primary source of funding for the proposed project, not serve as complementary funding for larger, more costly projects.

How to apply:

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, please visit the Waitt Foundation website.

Water Research Foundation’s Subscriber Program Pre-proposal now open   Leave a comment


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About the Water Research Foundation (WRF):

WRF funds water research on behalf of its subscribers and facilitates collaboration among organizations seeking funding partners for high-priority issues. WRF awards a contract through a competitive process and coordinates an independent technical review project through a staff-assigned project manager.  International organizations and disadvantaged business enterprises are encouraged to submit research proposals, along with all qualified entities.

About the Subscriber Priority (SP) Research Program:

To advance its mission, WRF is seeking pre-proposals for its 2018 Subscriber Priority (SP) Research Program, which is reserved for:

-WRF subscribers,

-municipal wastewater and stormwater agencies,

-wastewater equipment manufacturers, operators, consulting firms, corporations, and

-others who share WRF’s commitment to producing cost-effective water-quality research.

Grant Focus:

Subscriber Priority projects typically address applied research topics that may be local or regional in nature. The research topic should be broadly applicable to

  • wastewater,
  • stormwater,
  • drinking water, and/or
  • seawater.

Grant Restrictions:

All proposals should complement the foundation’s ongoing research and not duplicate any current or pending project.

Grant amount and numbers:

Grants totaling $354,000 will be awarded to up to four-five projects in support of collaborative research projects.

Grant cycle:

SP proposals are accepted once a year under a two-step process.

Grant deadline:

Pre-proposals must be submitted via email to smcgregoratwaterrfdotorg by August 13, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Proposals received after 8:00 p.m. ET on this date will not be considered. Receipt of pre-proposals will be acknowledged by email. Upon review, selected applications will be invited to submit a full proposal by early October 2018.

How to apply:

Please see the Water Research Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Young Water Fellowship Program 2018   Leave a comment

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About the Fellowship:

The Young Water Fellowship Program aims to empower young leaders from low and middle income countries to implement projects during one year to tackle:

  • water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH),
  • water pollution and
  • water scarcity issues,

by offering them an

  • intensive training program,
  • seed funding grants for their projects, and
  • mentoring support by senior level experts

Award Numbers:

Each year, this program brings about 10 young community leaders capable of successfully designing and implementing sustainable and inclusive water initiatives that significantly improve living conditions in their communities, while contributing to the achievement of SDG #6 (water and sanitation for all).

Award Focus:

The YWF 2018 will focus on social entrepreneurship. Young people with social businesses ideas (or projects that can be turned into social businesses) that address water-related issues are welcome to apply.

Award Offerings:


Fellows attend Cewas’ Start-up training and are trained by experts in:

  1. IWRM
  2. Project management
  3. Business
  4. Water and gender
  5. Pitching
  6. SDG 6
  7. Other topics


Fellows are assigned water and business mentors according to their needs, who provide technical support and guidance.

Project Implementation

Fellows are provided with opportunities for seed funding up to €5000 or approx. 5995 USD for their initiatives.

Award conditions:

  • Be 18 to 30 years old at the time of the application
  • Be the founder or co-founder of an initiative that contributes to the solution of a well-defined water problem in your country. The initiative should be in its initial stages and have the ability to be turned into a social enterprise (i.e have a long-term sustainability component or business model).
  • Be a resident from this list of low and middle income countries.
  • Have a valid passport and be available to attend a workshop in Europe from August 13th to September 14th 2018 (note that these dates might be subject to change),
  • All training costs are covered by the organization (flights, transportation in Europe, accommodation, meals), but participants must cover their visa expenses and transport costs to the closest international airport in their country of residency.
  • Be able to communicate in English (intermediate level at least).

Deadline: All applications must be submitted by Wednesday, May 16, 2018

How to apply:

– Download the Terms of Reference of the 2018 Young Water Fellowship HERE.

– To apply, fill in the online form by clicking in the button below. You can download the applications form here to work on it offline.

– Check Q&A here. If you have further questions about the YWF 2018, please contact them by sending an email here: ywfellowshipatyoungwatersolutionsdotorg . Please note that only questions that are not addressed in the Q&A will be answered.

Towards 2030 Agenda: A summer school   Leave a comment


©TheSummerSchool, GWP Central and Eastern EU

About the grant:

Towards 2030 Agenda: A summer school for climate change, innovation and youth advocacy in water management

The Summer School, Towards 2030 Agenda: A summer school for climate change, innovation and youth advocacy in water management“ will take place on 1- 6 July 2018 at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Warsaw, Poland.

Grant objectives

Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe has designed this summer school to enhance skills of students currently enrolled in different water related MSc and PhD programs from universities throughout Europe. The curriculum aims at presenting the most current global and regional water issues, possible ways to address them and innovative approaches.

Grant Themes: Main Topics

The main topics will include:

Guest lecturers from different institutions and organisations that will provide the students with valuable insights into

There will be case studies on the application of integrated water resources management, as well as many practical exercises and group work that will contribute to the better understanding of multi-disciplinary aspects of water governance such as legal issues, participatory approaches, and conflict resolution techniques.

The summer school will have a special focus on Water Security and Climate Resilience, which will deal with some of the most globally discussed climate topics at the moment. These will include

  • Paris Agreement,
  • National Adaptation Plans,
  • Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction,
  • the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,
  • Green Climate Fund,
  • GWP Water and Climate Programme,
  • Integrated Drought Management Programme and others.

The participants will learn how the planning and decision-making at national and regional level is influenced by the latest analyses and processes on the global level.

Special Offering: A dialogue between youth and decision-makers

A very important part of the Summer School will be a dialogue for Water and Climate Change Policies between Young Leaders and Policy-Makers called Youth Voices → Policy Choices. This initiative, funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ program, will provide an interactive platform for a dialogue between young water advocates with decision-makers. Young leaders will meet with experienced policymakers to craft actionable visions for water in advance of 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP24) that will be held  on 3-14 December 2018 in Katowice, Poland.

The dialogue Youth Voices → Policy Choices has been made possible thanks to a collaboration between Solidarity Water Europe, the  Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe (GWP CEE), and Youth Water Community Central and Eastern Europe (YWCCEE).

Grant Eligibility and fees:

The Summer School is open to students in existing MSc and PhD water management related programs from Europe, Mediterranean and Caucasus regions. The participants must be able to communicate fluently in English. Selection will be made on first come-first served basis.

Applicants from universities which are registered partners to GWP CEE, GWP MED and GWP CACENA are especially encouraged to apply. If selected, they will be granted financial support, covering the price of the course and accommodation. The participants will have to cover their travel costs to Warsaw. Exceptions in that regard are for participants from the following countries, whose travel cost will be covered as well: Armenia, Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Slovakia, and Ukraine.

The summer school is open also to MSc and PhD students from any other university in Europe that show an interest in enhancing water resource management knowledge and broader aspects of water security.


– 0 EUR registration fee for students from GWP CEE, GWP MED and GWP CACENA Universities, which are officially registered as GWP Partners

– 380 EUR (approx. 467.446 USD) registration fee, tuition, accommodation on campus (in double rooms) and lunches for duration of the summer school for student from Universities, which are not officially registered as GWP Partners.


To apply, interested students should submit a completed application form and their Curriculum Vitae to GWP CEE at


Deadline for applying is 31 May 2018. For more information and FAQs, please visit GWP’s website.

All the best!


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Young Champions of the Earth   Leave a comment

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©Young Champion of the Earth

About the grant:

You want to change the world.  Young Champions of the Earth aims to celebrate and support individuals between the ages of 18 and 30, who have outstanding potential to create positive environmental impact.

Number of grants:

In 2018, seven young people – selected from every global region – will be named Young Champions of the Earth. These winners receive seed funding, intensive training, and tailored mentorship to help them bring their big environmental ideas to life.

Selection process:

Whose big idea will change the world? Following an open call for applications, UN experts will short-list 35 Regional Finalists who will be subjected to an online public vote, informing the selection of 14 World Finalists. A Global Jury will then select the seven 2018 winners.

Each winner will be expected to implement their big idea and keep us updated on their progress by producing videos and blogs that we will share on our website.

In parallel, up to 50 of the most promising applicants will be granted privileged access to an expert community of Covestro mentors offering insights on topics ranging from communications and business development to project planning and financial management.

About The Prize

What do the Young Champions receive?

In 2018, seven Young Champions of the Earth will be selected from each global region: one from each of Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America and West Asia; and two from Asia and the Pacific. Each winner will receive the following:

  • US$15,000 in seed funding;
  • Attendance at a high-level UN meeting;
  • An introduction to dignitaries at the Champions of the Earth Award Ceremony;
  • Publicity and recognition through online and global media;
  • Access to a community of Covestro experts offering insights and mentoring; and
  • Participation in an entrepreneurial training program provided by The DO School.

The 2018 Young Champions will be required to share their implementation journeys through blogs and vlogs posted on their website for a period of up to one year.

How to apply:

If you have a bright vision for the future of our planet, perhaps you could become a Young Champion of the Earth!

Download the Young Champions Information Brochure


Social Entrepreneur Startup Program 2018-19   Leave a comment




About the Program: Wild Gift Fellowships 2018-19

This summer, Wild Gift will select a group of “better world entrepreneurs” for a 12-month fellowship that includes mentoring, fundraising support, and wilderness-based programs that teach leadership and business skills while building a lifelong support network.

Type of Program: Professional development program / self-employment (not a “job”)
Organization offering the program: Wild Gift
Eligibility: Canadian & American Citizens (more information below)
Location:  USA & Canada

Program Duration: 12 months
Deadline: Apply by May 1

Program Offerings:
If selected as a Wild Gift Fellow, you will receive:
• a guided three week wilderness trek in the Idaho back country as well as a one week whitewater river rafting trip on the Salmon River in Idaho.
• a $350 allowance for airfare to Idaho
• project mentor(s) who will work with you throughout the course of your Fellowship, plus access to a pool of resource mentors to provide specific expertise when needed
• opportunity to participate in Wild Gift alumni retreats and trips
• lifetime membership in the vibrant Wild Gift Network that includes alumni, mentors, and supporters

Eligible candidates should meet the following criteria:
• U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or Canadian citizen
• between the ages of 21 and 35 as of September 1, 2018
• has started (or intends to start) a social venture that will lead to a better world
• is interested in a wilderness-based leadership program that includes a three-week backcountry trek in September 2018 and a 1-week whitewater river trip in September 2019

For more information on how to apply, please click here.