The Young Water Fellowship Program aims to empower young leaders from low and middle income countries to implement projects 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 during one year.
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).
The Young Water Fellowship 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.
- In partnership with cewas, Young Water Solutions will offer 10 young entrepreneurs (‘’Fellows’’) the possibility to participate in Cewas’ Start-up Training Programme.
- Fellows will also be assigned mentors, get the chance to exponentially increase their supporting networks in the water and entrepreneurship sectors, and apply for seed-funding for the first steps of implementation of their social enterprises.
- All training costs (flights, transportation in Europe, accommodation, meals, training fees) will be covered by the organizers. However, you are expected to cover only your visa expenses and local transportation from and to the airport in your country of residence.
• You are 18 to 30 years old at the time of the application (born between May 17th 1987 and May 16th 2000). No exceptions are made.
• You are the founder or co-founder of an initiative that contributes to the solution of awell-defined water problem in your country. The initiative should be a social enterprise (or a project that can be turned into a social enterprise. In this case, we will help you develop it during the workshop) in its initial stages.
• You are a citizen and resident of a low or middle-income country (according to the DAC-definition, see countries listed in Annex 1).
• You have a valid passport (that expires after March 2019) and you are available to attend a workshop in Europe from August 13th to September 14th 2018 (note that these dates might be subject to change).
• You have at least an intermediate knowledge of English; you are able to understand and express opinions in this language (the workshop will be held in English). However, the form can be filled in in English, French or Spanish.
Eligible Regions: Low and Middle-Income Countries
The application consists of a video submission and an application form. These can be accessed on the official link.
Here, you will be asked to explain your proposed initiative. The proposed initiative should directly contribute to solving at least one of the following issues in your local community:
• Lack of safe drinking water supply
• Lack of adequate sanitation facilities and lack of hygiene
• Water pollution
• Water scarcity
• Solid Waste management
• Wastewater management
• Other water management issues
The initiative should either already be a social enterprise or a project with a sustainability component that will allow it to continue running in the long-term. Traditional projects are also accepted, as long as the applicants are willing to turn them into a social enterprise during the training, adding elements that will make the initiatives self-sustainable.
Proposals with a gender approach and that have the potential of creating employment opportunities have higher chances of being selected.
Application Deadline: May 16, 2018