International WaterCentre (IWC) Water Leadership Program Scholarship 2020/2021

International WaterCentre (IWC) Water Leadership Program Scholarship 2020/2021

Deadline: September 30, 2020

Applications are open for the International WaterCentre (IWC) Water Leadership Program Scholarship 2020. The IWC Water Leadership Program is a professional development program which helps emerging leaders to develop the abilities they need to influence, drive change and advance challenging integrated water management projects.

The International WaterCentre offers a range of scholarships which vary year to year depending on the interests of sponsoring organisations who wish to fund leadership development in the water sector.


For the 2020/21 round they are offering a total of 5 scholarships:

  • Two (2) scholarships funded by IWC (1 x full scholarship, 1 x half scholarship)
  • Two (2) scholarships funded by Clearwater (2 x full scholarships)
  • One (1) scholarship funded by NSW Water Directorate (1 x full scholarship)


Scholarship applications are open to team, project and middle managers in the Australian or New Zealand water sector who are Australian citizens/permanent residents or New Zealand citizens currently working in Australia or New Zealand.

You must have:

  • At least three years of experience working in the water sector.
  • A current professional role that is consistent with the criteria linked to at least one available scholarship.
  • English language proficiency.
  • An ability to travel to Brisbane and attend both face-to-face training sessions in February and July 2021.
  • Organisational support from current employer to attend the program (if currently employed).
  • A strong commitment to learning and personal development, including the ability to respond positively to feedback.
  • A desire to complement their technical and management skills with advanced leadership capabilities.
  • An aspiration to improve their ability to influence stakeholders and drive change in order to deliver more integrated forms of water management.

Selection Criteria

The scholarship assessment process considers the following criteria:

  • Compliance with mandatory criteria for entry to the program and the criteria associated with each scholarship
  • The extent to which the participant is ready to benefit from the program
  • The potential benefits from enhancing the participant’s leadership ability
  • The extent to which the participant has the characteristics typically associated with people who benefit the most from leadership development programs.

More specifically, the scholarship assessment process follows the following steps:

  • Assessment of whether the applicant meets the eligibility criteria for the Water Leadership Program and scholarships (note that all scholarships have specific criteria associated with them).
  • Assessment of information provided by the applicant which is used to assess their potential to benefit from the program (50% weighting).
  • Assessment of information supplied directly from the applicant’s referees which is also used to assess the potential of the applicant to benefit from the program (50% weighting).
  • If the assessment process indicates that two applicants are equally likely to benefit from the program, the scholarship assessment panel will also consider the applicants’ employers and their probable potential to pay for the applicants to enter the program as fee-paying participants. For example, in the circumstance where an applicant from a large water authority is equally ranked with an applicant from a small local government authority, the local government employee would be offered the scholarship.


This online application form should be completed by candidates seeking a scholarship to participate in the next round of the IWC Water Leadership Program.

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For more information, visit IWC Water Leadership Program Scholarship.