One of the priority funding points to which the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) attaches particular importance in its Framework Programme on “Research for Sustainable De-velopment is Sustainable Water Management (NaWaM): “One of the major challenges of the future is to ensure the supply of clean water to the world population. Population growth, water pol-lution and the increasing water consumption per capita have a strong impact on water quality. In addition, expansive climate changes and change in land use influence global and regional water cycles and thus question the medium and long-term avail-ability of water.” In view of this background, the BMBF specifically promotes research projects to develop, adapt and internationally dissemi-nate technologies and strategies for the sustainable management of the resource “Water”. Of particular interest in this context are the thematic fields of Water and Energy, Water and Health, Water and Nutrition, Water and Environment, as well as Water in Urban Areas. At the centre of the DAAD Special Programme funded with the resources of the BMBF on “Sustainable Water Management” lies in the promotion of young scientists from Kazakhstan, Mon-golia, Iran, Jordan, Vietnam and Indonesia. The programme section on “Study Scholarships and Research Grants for Foreigners” offers highly-qualified Students and Doc-toral Students from the above-mentioned countries the opportu-nity to study in specialised relevantly selected English-spoken Master’s programmes at German universities, or, for carrying out their PhD projects in Germany in the thematic field of “Water in Urban Areas” or “Water and Energy” (particularly, the increase of energy efficiency in connection with the treatment of drinking water and wastewater).
In principle, applications are open to specialised highly-qualified Graduates and Doctoral students from the above-mentioned countries who have graduated from their studies in Engineering or Natural Sciences subjects no longer than six years ago.