Fellows are trained by Cewas and local incubators in in:
BMC | Business Management | Financial Planning | IWRM | Proposal writing| Gender | Pitching | SDG 6
among others topics
The Young Water Fellowship brings together young entrepreneurs from low and middle income countries, to participate in a start-up training, receive mentorship and seed funding opportunities.
Conditions to apply depend on each edition, but in general they include:
NEXT CALLS FOR APPLICATION:
All applications are now closed. The next calls will be for YWF Ivory Coast (mid-May) and Senegal (June). Terms of Reference will be shared soon.
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.
Further questions? Check our Q&A below. If you can’t find an answer to your question, please contact us here: email@example.com.
Do you have questions about your eligibility? Click here.
Unfortunately not. Applications coming from people over 30 years old will be automatically left out of the selection process. However, you can consider teaming up with someone younger as co-founder.
Applications must be submitted individually because only one person is going to attend the training. However, you can prepare the application as a team and then choose one person to submit it. You should consider that the whole team will be benefited from the training thatone person will receive, and you will all have the challenge of implementing the project!
Due to visa timing issues, we can only make exceptions in those cases where you don’t need a visa for the country where the training will be held and you can easily get a passport within 2 weeks after being selected.
Unfortunately not. Only citizens from the listed countries are accepted.
Only in the case that you will be back in your home country after the training, as you are expected to start implementation from mid-October onwards.
No. If you can’t attend the workshop, you will lose your place as a Fellow.
No, you don’t need to be part of an organization.
The experience required depends on the initiative you propose. You need to prove that you will be able to implement your initiative. For example, if you are a journalist and you say you want to design a solar pump for a borehole, you need to prove that you have the skills to do so. However, we do value prior social or environmental engagement.
This depends on the language required for the training. For global/regional editions, English may be required if the rest of the fellows will be from different nationalities and the common language is English. In this case, you need to be comfortable expressing yourself in English and able to understand others. Professional proficiency is not required as long as we can understand you and you can understand us.
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A social enterprise is defined as a financially sustainable organization created to address a social/environmental problem, where most of its profits are reinvested in the business itself to increase its impact. While a traditional water project usually depends on donations and has a start and end date, a social enterprise includes a mechanism to keep funds flowing (for example by applying commercial strategies such as selling a product or service), allowing the enterprise to run in the long-term and scale up its impact.
If you are willing to transform your project into a social enterprise, with a long-term sustainability component, then you are welcome to apply. If you are selected, we will help you develop your social enterprise during the workshop. If your purpose is to implement a short-term project and then move on to other things, then this might not be a suitable call for you.
This call for applications focuses on young entrepreneurs that have recently developed an idea, or that have taken some steps to put the idea into practice. Priority is not given to those who are already implementing a project and who want to scale-up.
It means that your proposal should somehow address gender inequalities. For example, by empowering women as part of your team or business model, or by considering their needs as beneficiaries.
‘’Income’’ refers to the source where you get the funds from, to keep your social business going once it’s operating. For example, if your initiative is about selling a water filter to organizations to distribute in refugee camps, then your income comes from those public or private organizations who buy the filter. If your initiative is building pay-per-use toilets in a slum, then the people of the slum who would use them (and pay for them) are your source of income.
Initiatives that are only about advocacy are not part of this call. Your initiative can have an advocacy component, but must also include actions to solve the water issue you describe.
We do our best to ensure that all Fellows are provided with enough funding opportunities to implement their pilot projects. However, two weeks following the training, Fellows will be required to re-submit a funding proposal. Funds granted by YWS depend on funding availability, need and the quality of the proposal submitted.
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Click the button below (”Apply here”) and fill in the online form before the deadline. Do not email your application – Young Water Solutions will only accept it if it is submitted through the online form. If you live in an area without a stable internet and you are experiencing troubles to access the application form, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org up to two working days before the deadline. After that, we cannot guarantee to reply and give you a solution in time.
Not at all. Just make sure that the sound and image quality are good enough for us to be able to understand what you say! We will be paying more attention to what you say and how you express yourself than to how the video is edited. We’re not looking for perfection. You can add images or include shots of the places related to your initiative, but just talking confidently to the camera is enough.
Finally, make sure that your video is shared publicly. It has happened that applicants share videos in Dropbox or Google Drive but in a private mode. In those cases, unfortunately, we can’t consider your application.
If you are experiencing technical issues uploading your video, you can send it by email to email@example.com, or you can contact us up to two days before the deadline. After that, we cannot guarantee to reply in time and in that case, your application without a video will not be considered. If you live in an area without a stable internet, please contact us.