Vera Thiess Fellowship for Women
The International RiverFoundation’s Vera Thiess Fellowship for Women gives women from developing countries the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience through the IRF and its partners, with the goal of advancing women’s participation in water and river management.
Through the Fellowship, we honour Vera Thiess’ 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.
First awarded in 2016, the International RiverFoundation’s Vera Thiess Fellowship for Women gives women from developing countries the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience through the IRF and its partners. This fellowship goes not only towards supporting the selected candidate for a 12 month research project, but also towards continuing the important work of bridging the gap in women’s participation in river basin management.
Unlike a typical research fellowship, the selected candidate will have the unique opportunity to gain valuable work experience with the IRF and its alumni and partners worldwide.
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. Read more about the late Vera Thiess here.