USAID African Young Water and Sanitation Professionals (AfYWSP) Scholarships 2018


The African Water Association is setting up research fellowships for young water and sanitation professionals in West Africa as part of its Research and Capacity Building Program.

This program, funded by USAID West Africa through the AfriCap Program (WASH – African Water Association – AfWA – Capacity Building Program –AfriCap), will provide young graduate students at the graduate level (Master II) with research scholarships.

Field of Research

The following themes were selected for this scholarship program for the 2017-2018 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. Fecal sludge Management
5. Improvement of urban and peri-urban sanitation
6. ICT use in water and sanitation services


As part of this scholarship, the maximum amount allocated per beneficiary is 1,000 US Dollars. Sixty per cent (60%) of this amount will be paid to the recipient when the detailed plan of the research project is finalized, approved by the Research Director and received by AfWA’s Research and Capacity Building Program before the deadline. The remaining forty percent (40%) will be paid once the recipient submits the final electronic copy.

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Eligibility Criteria

Candidates for the award of a scholarship shall formulate their research topics in relation to one of the themes proposed in this call for applications. They may also apply with one of the research topics proposed by one of AfWA members. To apply, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Be a citizen of a country in the USAID West Africa desk coverage area and identified on the map in Program Webpage (Link below);
    be in good standing academically with respect to their institution;

Selection Criteria

A first screening will be carried out by the academic institution. This will enable it to select and transmit the five best applications to AfWA. AfWA’s Selection Committee for the award of scholarships to Young Professionals, on the basis of the applications submitted by the various institutions, will establish the final list of beneficiaries.

Guides for Applicants

Submit a nomination file including :
1. Student card or registration receipt for the current year
2. Last completed degree
3. Curriculum vitae,
4. Three recommendation letters (one should be from the academic supervisor),
5. Research proposal form to be downloaded by clicking here.

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Applicants must submit their application electronically at the following addresses simultaneously: and


28th February, 2018.


AfWA (African Water Association)

Important Notes

The selected list will be posted on AfWA’s website and each beneficiary will receive an official notification from AfWA.

Further Information

Visit the Scholarship Webpage for details

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