Annually, EWRI invites applications for Visiting International Fellows (VIFs). The fellowships provide support for faculty, professionals, or student researchers from developing countries to participate in the annual World Water & Environmental Resources Congress, and in supplementary activities during their visit to the United States.
The fellowships increase participation of water resources and environmental professionals from developing countries in EWRI conferences, and promote sustained professional and cultural exchange.
While attending the annual EWRI conference, each Fellow is expected to:
- Present in a technical session on his/her research on a water/environmental resources issue in his/her country
- Participate with other international fellows in a panel discussion on international water/environmental resource issues as a representative of his/her country
Each Fellow must be hosted by a United States or Canada-based EWRI/ASCE member who will be responsible for submitting the application to the VIF Committee. The host will assist in arranging 2-3 days of professional activities for the Fellow in the United States. Activities can include visiting with key agencies, consultants or researchers, working collaboratively on papers, proposals, or projects, and touring facilities or field sites relevant to the Fellow's area of interest.
Fellowships include a one-year membership in EWRI and/or ASCE and registration fees for the conference. The remainder of the fellowship can be used to partially cover conference travel expenses. The stipend will not cover travel expenses for the technical and cultural activities planned outside of the conference. Matching fund grants (from corporations, government agencies, schools or individuals) are encouraged, but not required.
See an editorial about the VIF in the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management:
- Saito L, Surbeck CQ, Langsdale S, Bourget E, Wride D. 2012. Engaging international perspectives through EWRI for a global profession. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 138(6): 588-589.