The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education jointly launched “Strengthening Small Island Developing States’capacity in the water sector to cope with the effects of climate change”. The project aims to strengthen the capacity of professionals and decision makers to improve water management in Small Island Developing States, to better address future challenges such as coping with the effects of climate change.

UNESCO-IHE will provide 23 key water professionals with MSc level education on relevant topics for the SIDS. The 18 month MSc programmes include 12-month taught education in Delft, the Netherlands and 6-month field based research, to be conducted on specific problems in the home country of the participant. Furthermore, UNESCO-IHE will provide 55 water professionals and decision makers with specific expertise on relevant topics, by enabling them to enrol in 3-week short courses that start in 2016 and 2017. The fellowship covers the cost of tuition fees, accommodation and travel.

Interested candidates from Saint Kitts and Nevis, who meet UNESCO-IHE’s admission criteria, are advised to register as soon as possible. The deadline for SIDS Fellowships for the Masters Programmes that start in October 2016  is 1 July 2016. The first of three deadlines for SIDS fellowships for the short courses is 15 June 2016, for the other deadlines and more information about the program visit: www.unesco-ihe.org/sids-fellowships?utm_source=april&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=sids

UNESCO-IHE is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world and is based in Delft, the Netherlands. The Institute confers fully accredited MSc degrees, and PhD degrees in collaboration with partner universities.

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