Scholarship Opportunities

A number of scholarships become available throughout the year for the right candidates who demonstrate the right skills and commitment and who are looking to advance their irrigation and/or water career. Irrigation Australia Centre of Irrigation Excellence will promote the scholarships program assisting candidates to find the right program and apply for it. 

Master of Integrated Water Management Scholarship

Career opportunities

MIWM graduates are well-equipped to pursue work with NGOs, government or aid agencies, consultancies, water utilities, community development agencies, environmental regulators and agricultural, mining and industrial companies.

Develop your skills and knowledge

You can choose one of three specialisation streams:

You can also tailor your final project experience to meet your professional or career development aspirations, either within your current work environment or as a placement with a host organisation, in Australia or overseas.

2018 Scholarships (Domestic) - Applications are now open  

The International WaterCentre (IWC) offers up to two full scholarships for domestic candidates for entry in the MIWM program starting in Semester 1, 2018.  

Eligibility requirements

To apply for a scholarship, you must have all of the following:

  • A completed undergraduate degree in a related field of study from an internationally-recognised institution
  • At least two years of professional experience (paid work or volunteering experience) relevant to the program. Although professional experience is not essential for admission in the MIWM program, candidates with relevant professional experience have a higher chance of securing a scholarship – see Selection Criteria below.

Selection criteria

Typically, successful scholarship recipients possess an excellent academic record and several years of relevant professional experience.

The Scholarship Selection Panel will use the following selection criteria (below) to assess and rank applications:

  1. Leadership qualities including collaboration and team work, flexibility, initiative, communication skills, integrity and vision through professional, educational, community and other achievements.  
  2. Professional and volunteering record: relevant employment and volunteering experience, achievements, membership of professional bodies and professional references.
  3. Academic record: an excellent academic record and a likelihood of success in further study.
  4. Commitment to promoting and driving the implementation of collaborative, whole-of-water-cycle, integrated and interdisciplinary approaches to water management.
  5. Potential outcomes: the likelihood of positive impacts on the individual and the water sector from participating in the MIWM program.

Water Leadership Program

The International WaterCentre (IWC) Water Leadership Program helps emerging leaders to develop the abilities they need to exert influence, drive change and advance challenging integrated water management projects — abilities associated with the most effective integrated water management leaders.

Designed for emerging water leaders at the project to middle management level, this program is customised for the water sector through sound research and collaboration with experienced industry practitioners.

The program focuses on helping leaders to build the leadership abilities (e.g. skills, knowledge and networks), to manage complex challenges, as well as collaborate and exert influence across organisational boundaries.

Participants will have opportunities to identify and strengthen key leadership attributes (e.g. skills) that are relevant to their individual work context. So, while the program has been designed in Australia, it can also benefit water practitioners from overseas.

Project and middle managers with:

  • At least three years of experience in the water sector.
  • A strong commitment to learning and personal development.
  • A desire to complement their technical and management skills with advanced leadership capabilities.
  • An aspiration to improve their ability to influence stakeholders and drive change in order to deliver more integrated forms of water management.

Applications for the 2017/2018 Water Leadership Scholarship Program are now open.


Every year, the International WaterCentre (IWC) in collaboration with several industry sponsors offer several Water Leadership Scholarships to assist talented emerging water leaders in organisations with limited resources for professional development.  

 International WaterCentre Water Leader Scholarship
  • One full scholarship from IWC (AU$9,500 fees + AU$2,000 towards travel)
  • Applicants can be from anywhere in Australia and NZ as long as they comply with the eligibility requirements listed in the "who can apply" section below.


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IAL is also the Australian representative body of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID). Irrigation Australia is a member-based not-for-profit, organisation with its national office in Brisbane Australia.

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