Experienced Water Postdoc Fellowship COFUND Programme, Netherlands

Publish Date: Mar 01, 2016

Deadline: Oct 18, 2016

Experienced Water Postdoc Fellowship COFUND Programme

The Experienced Water Postdoc Fellowship COFUND Programme (EWPFP COFUND) comprises an incoming mobility scheme within an overall duration of 60 months comprising two calls for eight post-doctoral fellows. Each fellowship lasts 24 months. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement number 606838.

The eligibility criteria

  • Complete application received within the application deadline. The deadline for the second call is 1 March 2016.
  • Experienced researchers who have been awarded a doctoral degree within the last 6 years, prior to the application deadline of 1 March 2016.
  • Proposed research topic falls within the research line of one or more Chair Groups as indicated on the UNESCO-IHE website. The overarching research themes that UNESCO-IHE Chair Groups work contributes to are:

                    o Safe drinking water and sanitation

                    o Water related hazards and climate change

                    o Water and ecosystems quality

                    o Water management and governance

                    o Information and knowledge systems

                    o Water, food and energy security 

  • The candidate has not lived in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the application deadline of 1 March 2016.
  • The ethical issues guidelines is signed (see the guideline for applicants on the left)
Career breaks will be taken into account at the eligibility check and evaluation stage.


Since 1957 the Institute has provided graduate education to more than 14,500 water professionals from over 160 countries, mostly from the developing world. Numerous research and capacity development projects are carried out by the Institute throughout the world.

UNESCO-IHE offers a unique combination of applied, scientific and participatory research in water engineering, natural sciences and water management. Since its establishment the Institute has played an instrumental role in developing the capacities of water sector organizations, especially in the global South, not least by strengthening the efforts of other universities and research centres to increase the knowledge and skills of professionals working in the water sector.


Through offering fellowships for incoming mobility, UNESCO-IHE aims to:

  • Strengthen novel and innovative research in the broad field of water and development through knowledge sharing with incoming talented researchers active in the EU Member States, Associated Countries, developing countries and countries in transition to work on their individual research projects.
  • Develop mutually beneficial research cooperation between Europe, and establish a balanced "brain circulation" among the EU Member States, Associated Countries, developing countries and countries in transition.

Can I apply?

The EWPFP COFUND is a fellowship programme for incoming mobility of experienced researchers in the broad field of water and development.

Eligible individuals are experienced researchers in the broad field of water and development. The EWPFP COFUND covers a research period of 2 years at UNESCO-IHE and, if applicable, with relevant public and private partners.

The EWPFP COFUND scheme focuses on researchers near the start of their research careers. Therefore, eligible researchers for the EWPFP COFUND programme must be in possession of a doctorate degree, awarded no more than 6 years prior to the application deadline of the call, unless a prolongation of this period is permitted (see Guide to Applicants) If you just finished your PhD and haven't received the diploma yet, then a letter from the university indicating the graduation date should be part of the application. You should be in possession of the doctorate degree on the date that the contract is signed.

The fellowship includes a research project prepared by the research fellow and implemented at UNESCO-IHE. Fellows have freedom to choose a project within the research setting of UNESCO-IHE and relevant public and private partners. This allows the fellows to develop and widen their competences significantly, in particular in terms of multi- or interdisciplinary expertise, intersectoral (private-public) experience and complementary skills in the broad field of water.

The career development of all the EWPFP COFUND fellows will be supported by an individual Career Development Plan, supervision and professional guidance for their next career step after their stay at UNESCO-IHE.

Within the project there will be a call for applications for 8 fellowships in 2016. 

The EWPFP COFUND is a competitive, merit-based postdoctoral programme that aims to attract international researchers to conduct their research project within, and relevant to, at least one of the UNESCO-IHE Chair Groups. Applications for feasible inter- or multidisciplinary projects cutting across the research lines of the Chair Groups are welcome.

The COFUND research programme is designed to:

  • Strengthen international mobility by exclusively targeting non-national researchers
  • Promote 'brain circulation'
  • Develop and successfully implement independent research projects
  • Promote interdisciplinary skills development
  • Provides intersectoral experience through cooperation with UNESCO-IHE partners
  • Foster individuals’ research skills through supervision and mentoring
  • Facilitate the acquisition of transferable skills (such as lecturing; project management; project acquisition; communication; presentation) through the development and implementation of an individual Career Development Plan (CDP), seminars, training, coaching and Participation in Chair group activities
Project: EC-UNESCO-IHE Experienced Water Postdoc Fellowship COFUND Programme (2013-2018)
Sponsors: UNESCO-IHE and European Commission, FP7
Funding: Incoming postdoctoral fellowships lasting 24 months each
Call for applications: December 2016

Please fill in this online application form. Upload your proposal including supplements as one PDF-document. This document should include:

  1. Motivation letter, scientific CV
  2. Research proposal
  3. Scanned copy of signed and certified university degree certificates (Bachelor, Master and Doctorate)
  4. Abstract of your doctoral thesis
  5. Ethics issues table

Read the 'Guide for Applicants' before finalizing your application. All requirements and restrictions for the full proposal are listed and explained in this guide.

Please note: Applications, including attached documents, should be in English.

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