Rotary Scholarships
For water and sanitation professionals


Rotary and the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education have teamed up to tackle the world’s water and sanitation crisis by increasing the number of trained professionals to devise, plan, and implement solutions in developing and emerging countries. Through this partnership, The Rotary Foundation will provide grants to Rotary clubs and districts to select and sponsor 8 students each year.

About Rotary

Rotary is an international organization of business, professional, and community leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. In 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide, 1.2 million members known as Rotarians volunteer their expertise, time, and funds to support local and international projects. Rotary clubs are grouped regionally into approximately 530 Rotary districts.

The Rotary Foundation (TRF), Rotary’s philanthropic arm, awards grants for Rotarian-sponsored scholarships, humanitarian projects, and vocational training teams. Find out more at

The scholarship

The Rotary Scholarships for Water and Sanitation Professionals have been designed to promote long-term productive relationships between Rotarians and highly skilled water and sanitation professionals in their communities. Rotary scholars will benefit from the support they receive through regular contact with sponsoring Rotarians from their home country and the opportunity to interact with Rotarians in the Netherlands. After graduating, scholars’ expertise will be put to work improving water and sanitation conditions in their own community with a project the scholar and sponsoring Rotarians will design and implement together.

In addition, Rotary Foundation alumni are part of an extensive network of fellow Rotary scholarship recipients and Rotarians worldwide. Becoming involved with a local Rotary club and the alumni association allows scholars to stay connected to Rotary’s global community and resources.

Scholarship eligibility requirements

Students eligible for this scholarship must be provisionally admitted to one of the following degree programs at IHE Delft (joint programs are not eligible):

Students must also live or work near a Rotary club. To search for a Rotary club, visit the Club Locator page on

Application process

Students provisionally admitted to one of the three eligible IHE Delft academic programs will seek the sponsorship of their local Rotary club or district. Please review the Application Tool Kit for details regarding the application process.

Completed applications must be received by TRF from sponsor Rotarians no later than 15 July of the year in which studies begin. Scholarship awards will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Early submission is highly encouraged. Applications submitted directly to TRF by the student will not be considered.

TRF awards scholarships in the amount of €25,000. Funding to cover additional costs (including international travel) related to participation in the academic program will be coordinated by IHE Delft. Please refer to the terms and conditions for more details.


  • Rotary Scholarship for Water and Sanitation Professionals Application Toolkit
  • Rotary Scholarship for Water and Sanitation Professionals Terms and Conditions

Contact information

Questions about the scholarship and application process can be sent to