Conditions to apply:
– You can download the Terms of Reference of the 2018 Young Water Fellowship HERE.
– The applications form will soon be made available.
– Check our Q&A below. If you have further questions about the YWF 2018, please contact us here: email@example.com. Only questions that are not addressed in the Q&A will be answered.
Do you have questions about your eligibility? Click here.
Can I apply if I am over 30 years old?
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.
Can a team of 2 or 3 apply?
Applications must be submitted individually because only one person is going to attend the workshop in Brussels. 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!
Can I apply if I don’t have a passport yet?
Due to visa timing issues, we can only make exceptions in those cases where you don’t need a visa for Europe (for example, if you are from a Latin American country) and you can easily get a passport within 2 weeks after being selected.
I live in an eligible country but my citizenship is from a country that is not included on the list. Can I apply?
Unfortunately not. Only citizens from the listed countries are accepted.
I am a citizen from an eligible country, but I am currently living in a non-eligible country. Can I still apply with an initiative for my community?
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.
If I am chosen and I cannot attend the workshop, can someone else go in my place?
No. If you can’t attend the workshop, you will lose your place as a Fellow.
Do I need to be part of a youth or a water organization to apply?
No, you don’t need to be part of an organization.
Do I need to have experience in implementing water initiatives?
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.
How high does my English level need to be?
Since the presentations during the workshop will be in English, and the rest of the fellows will be from different nationalities, 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.
Do you have questions related to the eligible initiatives? Click here.
What is a social enterprise?
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.
I have a project proposal but it’s not a social enterprise. Can I apply?
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.
What does it mean that my initiative should be at its ‘’initial stages’’?
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.
What does it mean that my initiative should have a ‘’gender approach’’?
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.
In the applications’ form, what do you mean by ‘’initiative revenues’’?
‘’Initiative revenues’’ refers to the source where you get the funds from, to keep your social business going once it’s running. For example, if your initiative is about selling a water filter to organizations to distribute in refugee camps, then your revenues come 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 revenues.
I have a water advocacy or a stakeholder-engagement initiative. Is it eligible?
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.
Will all chosen fellows receive a €5000 grant?
We will do our best to ensure that all fellows are provided with funding opportunities to implement their initiatives. However, two weeks following the workshop, fellows will be required to re-submit their initiatives after including some of the aspects explored during the workshop. Fellows’ participation, self-reflection capacity and attitude shown during the workshop will be determinants to receive a grant.
Do you have questions about the application process? Click here.
How do I apply?
When the call for applications is open, you will find a button that will take you to the application form. If you don’t have stable internet, you can also submit your application form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I need to make a very high-quality video?
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.
What happens if I have technical issues to upload the video just before the deadline?
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 stable internet, please contact us.