Type of Funding

Partially funded




Young Water Solutions is inviting young community leaders from low and middle-income countries with ideas or projects that tackle water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH), water pollution and water scarcity issues, to apply for the 2018 edition of The Young Water Fellowship Program. Fellows will undergo a 1-week workshop in Brussels, given seed funding and provided with mentoring support for 1 year.

Ten young 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), will be chosen for the fellowship.

The YWF 2018 will focus on social entrepreneurship; hence, young people with social businesses ideas (or projects that can be turned into social businesses) that address water-related issues are invited to apply.


Fellows will attend the Cewas Start-up training program, and will be assigned water and business mentors according to their needs, who will provide them with technical support and guidance. In addition, fellows will be given seed funding opportunities, of up to €5000, for their initiatives. 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).

Applicants must be 18 to 30 years old and are residents of low and middle-income countries (see the Official Website for eligible countries), who are founders or co-founders of initiatives that contribute to the solution of well-defined water problems in their countries. They must have a valid passport and be available to attend a workshop in Europe from 13 August to 14 September 2018.

The initiative should be in its initial stages and have the ability to be turned into a social enterprise.  They must be founders or co-founders of the project idea. Applicants have to be able to communicate in English (intermediate level at least).

The proposed initiative should contribute to solving at least 1 of the following issues, in line with SDG 6:

  • Lack of safe drinking water supply
  • Lack of adequate sanitation facilities and lack of hygiene
  • Water pollution
  • Water scarcity
  • Solid Waste management
  • Wastewater management and/or
  • 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 are preferred.


Applications are to be done online by 16 May 2018.

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