22 August 2011: The Bursary Fund Application Process is now closed. Thank you to those who have participated. WSSCC will contact applicants by 15 September if they have been selected.
WSSCC aims for the Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene to be as inclusive and as diverse as is possible. We also recognize that financial/cost constraints prevent many professionals from developing countries to be able to participate. To help alleviate this constraint, WSSCC and its partner organizations have created a Bursary Fund to which prospective conference attendees may apply to receive a partial or full subsidy for participating in the Forum. WSSCC does not guarantee or imply support to each individual who applies for support via the fund, but it will endeavour to review each applicant individually and apply set criteria in determining who is awarded support. The total number of awardees is determined by the overall size of this limited Bursary Fund, and the types of awards made (Full or Partial).
Access to good sanitation and hygiene varies by country and region across the developing world, as do other socio-economic aspects. Hence, WSSCC has developed a country index based in part on the most recent UNDP Human Development Index and in part on a country’s given sanitation and hygiene situation. Based on the index, it has grouped eligible developing countries from which individuals may apply into two categories: “Type 1” or “Type 2”.
Individuals from developing countries that have been classified as Type 1 (sanitation needy)1 will have priority consideration for Full Cost support from the Bursary Fund.
A Full Cost support package covers the following items:
- Conference registration fee
- Roundtrip air ticket (economy class) at the lowest fare available
- Urban and rural field visits and social events
Individuals from other developing countries2 (Type 2) will have priority for Partial Cost support, which includes any combination of the above, as determined by WSSCC.
Individuals from other countries are not eligible to access the WSSCC Bursary Fund.
To apply for financial support via the Bursary Fund, you must fill out the Bursary Fund Application Form. Applications will be accepted until 20 August 2011. Applicants will be reviewed and notified via email by 15 September 2011 if they have been awarded financial support via the Bursary Fund.
Bursary Fund recipients are selected based on a non-biased scoring system established in advance. Most questions asked on the application form are related to personal details and work experience. There are two essay questions, which ask for further details regarding the applicant’s financial need and motivation to attend the Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene, and how the applicant’s organization or community would benefit from her/his participation in the event. Special consideration will also be given to applicants who are WSSCC members as of 15 July 2011, and so a third question is asked in this regard.
You can submit a Bursary Fund Application Form without registering formally in advance for the conference. If Full or Partial Cost Bursary Fund support is awarded, it will be credited to you as part of your formal registration via the official conference web site, www.wsscc-global-forum.org.