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How to apply

Apply for the GroundwatCh programme by completing and submitting the online application form available at the IHE Delft website. Make sure that before you start to apply online, the documents described on this page are collected.

Required documents (1):

  • Certified copy (ies) of academic diploma(s) (if applicable translated in English);

  • Certified academic transcript(s), (if applicable translated in English);

  • Curriculum Vitae including work experience and research record (if any);

  • While completing your application, you will be asked to answer five motivation questions. Your motivation is an important criterion for selecting you for admission and/or scholarship. Therefore, prepare you motivation questions well in advance.

    1. Why are you applying for this programme? (max 600 characters with spaces)

    2. What are the specific challenges, issues or problems (in your country, region or worldwide) that you would like to address once you have completed this study? (max 1000 characters with spaces)

    3. How will this programme enable you to address abovementioned challenges, issues or problems? max 1000 characters (with spacing)

    4. What are your most relevant qualifications and experiences that make you a suitable candidate for this programme? (max 1000 characters with spacing)

    5. Where do you see yourself 5 years after you have graduated? (max 1000 characters with spaces)

  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably not older than six months either by two university teachers or by one university teacher and by one employer, or by internationally recognized scientist(s). The reference letters should:

    • Refer to academic and scientific qualifications and potential of the candidate with regard to the programme;

    • Refer to professional qualifications and/or potential of the candidate;

    • Refer to personal qualifications and/or potential of the candidate.

  • Results of an English language test proving you comply with the programme's language requirements.

  • Residence certificate. In order to verify your place of residence, you need to submit a residence certificate with your application for admission. You can use for example:​

    • A residence certificate issued in accordance with the candidate's municipality normal registration rules;

    • A certificate from your place of work issued by your employer, which shows in which country you have been working.​

    • A certificate from your study or training issued by the institution in question. E.g. if you have been studying the year before the application scholarship application deadline, you may upload a transcript.


The residence certificate must have been issued within 12 months before the submission deadline of applying for an EMJMD scholarship; 15 January for partner countries and 15 February for programme countries; 

(1) Only PDF files with a maximum file size of 2 MB per file will be accepted.
(2) In case you have not yet obtained your BSc degree, and you are in the last year of your study, please attach a statement of your university confirming that you are in the last year of your BSc study (instead of copy of your BSc diploma) and stating that you are expected to graduate before 15 August of the year in which the programme starts. Also attach the transcript showing the subjects you followed and the marks and ECTS obtained so far.
(3) Citizens from certain countries are exempted from taking an English language test (see the admission requirements). Candidates from countries where English is the language of instruction in higher education, but which are not on the list of exempted countries, always need to upload the English language test results.

Application deadlines
  • Submission deadline for an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship application is 15 January 2022, 23:59 CET for applicants from Partner Countries. 

  • Submission deadline for an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship application is 15 February 2022, 23:59 CET for applicants from Programme Countries. 

  •  ​Applications received after this date will be taken into consideration for academic admission, but not for Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. In those cases you need to submit your application and financial confirmation before 31st May 2022. If you do not need a visa for Portugal the deadline of application and financial confirmation is 30th June 2022. Later applications can be considered under certain circumstances.

Apply now

Apply for the Joint Master Programme in Groundwater and Global Change - Impacts and Adaptation (GroundwatCH) by filling out and submitting your online application on the IHE Delft website. 

Outcome of application for admission

If you have indicated in your application form that you wish to be considered for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship, you will be informed about the outcome of your application for admission and scholarship before 30th April 2022. If you meet the academic admission requirements, but you have not been selected for a scholarship, you may still attend the programme if you are able to cover the cost of the programme by other means.​

If you have indicated in your application that you will cover the cost of the programme by other means, you will be informed about the outcome within 4 weeks after you have submitted your application. Please note that max. 30 students may attend the programme and we expect to award around 20-25 scholarships. Once the number of 30 has been reached, we cannot accept more self-paying students.

Notification of results and appeal procedure

Applicants for and Erasmus Mundus scholarship will be notified before the 30th of April 2021 regarding academic admission and scholarship attributions (see link to Erasmus Mundus scholarships). If you do not agree with the decision of the Committee on academic admission and scholarship decision and feel that the consortium/partnership has not handled your application in line with the application and selection procedures as described on the website, you have the possibility to appeal. ​

You will need to do this within seven days following notification, stating in a letter addressed to the Committee why you disagree with the decision made, providing clear justifications. You need to send the letter by email to ​

Your appeal will then be analyzed by the Selection Committee and if justified, your application will be re-evaluated. You will be informed about the final decision within 7 days.

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