The International RiverFoundation’s Vera Thiess Fellowship for Women gives women the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through the IRF and its partners, with the goal of advancing women’s participation in water and river management. This fellowship goes not only towards supporting the successful candidate, but towards continuing the important work of bridging the gap in women’s participation in river basin management.
Awarded in the name of the late Vera Thiess, a long-time supporter of the IRF, the Fellowship recognises Vera’s and the Thiess family’s long-time philanthropic support and commitment to forward-looking initiatives of the International RiverFoundation. Through the Fellowship, we honour Vera’s legacy by supporting women’s involvement in river basin and water management. We also acknowledge the inspirational role of the Thiess family, whose story began with five brothers who started a small earthmoving business that then grew into a globally respected establishment that overcame hardship, broke boundaries and forged new ground. Read more about the late Vera Thiess here.
Fellows will have the opportunity to undertake beneficial activities with the IRF and its alumni and partners worldwide. Unlike a research fellowship, this is a unique opportunity to gain valuable work experience with IRF and its partners through developing and implementing solutions to real-world issues.
Applicants are required to submit the following by Sunday 30 July:
Finalists will be announced Tuesday 1 August and will be required to reach out to IRF partners, and produce an itinerary and budget detailing proposed activities undertaken over the year, by Friday 18 August.
The winner will be announced Monday 21 August, with the official award to be made on 19 September, during the 20th International Riversymposium in Brisbane.
Applications will be judged on:
Sunday 30 July
Tuesday 1 August
Finalists’ program plan due:
Friday 18 August
Monday 21 August
Winner to present at Riversymposium: