AfWA Research Scholarships for African Water and Sanitation Professionals in 2023 are available.

AfWA Research Scholarships for African Water and Sanitation Professionals in 2023 are available.

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AfWA Research Scholarships for African Water and Sanitation Professionals in 2023 are available.
The African Water Association (AfWA) is giving research scholarships to young African water and sanitation professionals as part of its Capacity-Building Program for African stakeholders in the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector (AfriCap) supported by USAID. Master students and engineers in their final year of training are the intended beneficiaries. Each award, with a maximum value of USD1,000 (one thousand US dollars), will allow recipients to conduct research on a WASH-related topic that will be supported by a scientific report.

African Water Association provided sixty (60) scholarships to students from eleven (11) West and Central African countries throughout the 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 academic years. Additional scholarships will be available.

awarded across Africa for a period of three years (2021-2024). For the 2021-2022 academic year, fifteen (15) scholarships have been awarded to students from 13 countries. For the academic year 2022-2023, other fifteen (15) scholarships will be awarded across Africa.

Application Requirements For The AfWA Research Scholarships
Candidates for the scholarship program will formulate their research topics in relation to one of the themes proposed in this call for applications. They will also be able to apply to one of the research topics proposed by one of the members of AfWA. Topics will be available on African Water Association website. To apply, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

Be a citizen of a sub-Saharan African country eligible for USAID funding.
be in good standing academically with respect to their institution.
Submit an application file including:
Student card or registration receipt for the current year
Last completed degree
Curriculum vitae (3 pages max)
Three recommendation letters (one should be from the academic supervisor)
Research proposal form to be downloaded from AfWA website
Financial aspect

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As part of this scholarship, the maximum amount allocated per recipient is US $ 1,000. Sixty percent (60%) of this amount will be paid to the recipient once the detailed plan of the research project is finalized, approved by the research supervisor, and received by AfWA Research and Capacity Building Program Coordinator. The remaining forty percent (40%) shall be paid once the recipient submits the electronic version of their final research report.


Applicants must submit their application electronically at the following addresses simultaneously: and For any request or clarification, please send an email to

The list of successful candidates will be published on AfWA website: and each beneficiary will receive an official notification from AfWA.

Submission deadline

Students wishing to participate in the program are requested to submit their full application by April 15, 2023. The list of recipients for the 2022-2023 academic year shall be published by June 15, 2023.

Research themes

The following themes were selected for this scholarship program for the 2022-2023 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. Improvement of urban and peri-urban sanitation
  5. ICT use (Digitalization) in water and sanitation services
  6. Water resources management
  7. Water, sanitation, and gender.

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Application Deadline: April 15, 2023.

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