The International Desalination Association (IDA) has announced that it is now accepting applications for the 2018 to 2019 Channabasappa Memorial Scholarship. Through this programme, IDA awards scholarship grants of up to US$5,000 to one or more graduate students who have been accepted into a programme of doctoral studies and who intend to pursue a desalination and water reuse related research thesis.
IDA also announces that ISDMU, the Institute of Seawater Desalination and Multipurpose Utilisation, SOA (Tianjin, China), is co-sponsoring the scholarship for FY 2018-19 via a matching contribution to the IDA Sustainable Water Resources Foundation (SWRF), which will issue a US$5,000 matching grant. This makes the total scholarship value US$10,000.
The objective of IDA’s scholarship programme and the IDA SWRF capacity-building programme is to encourage engineers and scientists to further their post-graduate education in subjects related to desalination, membranes and water reuse. Applicants must have graduated from an accredited university and must be from the top 10 per cent of their class in science or engineering. The applicant must prove admission to a graduate programme of doctoral studies in desalination or water reuse and must exhibit leadership and achievement potential. All applicants must be members of IDA.
The applications will be considered on the basis of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, references from university staff and one or more IDA members, along with the individual’s motivation statement for a planned career in desalination or water reuse technologies.
“IDA is committed to advancing knowledge in desalination and advanced water treatment and encouraging education in the industry that we serve. The Channabasappa Scholarship Programme is one of our initiatives aimed at achieving this goal. We thank ISDMU China for their generous support to the IDA SWRF to provide a matching contribution to support this year’s scholarship programme and hope that other businesses and organisations will follow their lead. With the support of the academic, public sector and corporate communities, IDA and the IDA SWRF can expand the number of scholarships available to assist more students and help assure our industry will have the talent it needs for the future,” said Shannon McCarthy, IDA Secretary General.
The deadline for applications is January 31, 2019. The Scholarship Award will be announced within 60 days of the application deadline.