Young Water Fellowship

The Young Water Fellowship Program is our flagship program, and it 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).

In 2018, 2019 and 2020 the YWF will have a special 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.


Fellows attend Cewas’ Start-up training and are trained by experts in:

IWRM | Project management | Business | Water and gender | Pitching | SDG 6
among others topics


Fellows are assigned water and business mentors according to their needs, who provide technical support and guidance.

Do you have 5 or more years of experience in WASH/business and want to become a Mentor? Register here.

Project Implementation

Fellows are provided with opportunities for seed funding up to €5000 to pilot their

Check out the conditions to apply

  • Be 18 to 30 years old at the time of the application
  • Be the founder or co-founder of an initiative that contributes to the solution of a well-defined water problem in your country. The initiative should be in its initial stages and have the ability to be turned into a social enterprise (i.e have a long-term sustainability component or business model).
  • Be a resident from this list of low and middle income countries.
  • Have a valid passport and be available to attend a workshop in Europe from August 3rd to September 7th 2019 (note that these dates might be subject to change),
  • All training costs are covered by the organization (flights, transportation in Europe, accommodation, meals), but participants must cover their visa expenses and transport costs to the closest international airport in their country of residency.
  • Be able to communicate in English (intermediate level at least).

– The next call for applications will be open from February 22nd to March 24th (midnight CET time) for one month. You can download the Terms of Reference.

– To apply, you will be asked to fill in an online form. The link to the form will be made available when launching the call. We recommend that you start preparing your application offline using the Word version here.

– While preparing your application, please read our guidelines to increase your chances of being selected.

– Further questions? Check our Q&A below. If you can’t find an answer to your question, please contact us here:

Note that only questions that are not addressed in the ToR, guidelines or Q&A will be answered.

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