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UWE Global Water Security Project

The UWE Global Water Security Project is an exciting opportunity to go on a placement abroad and use your academic knowledge to solve challenges through research that benefits communities worldwide.

We are looking for second year undergraduate students from all subject areas to carry out research and community engagement on water topics with our partners over the summer of 2017 and/or as a sandwich placement for 2017/18. You will be required to link your research/experience to your academic studies as part of your third year modules, including sandwich placements and dissertation projects.

The UWE Bristol Global Water Security Project, which began in 2013 with support from International Water Security Network, is a chance for you to use your academic skills to make a difference – and experience life in a different country. Taking part could also improve both your employability and your chances of undertaking postgraduate studies once you have graduated.

Placements, which last between one and three months, will take place this summer. Alternatively, you could stay for longer as part of a placement module.

Successful applicants will receive support prior to, during and after their placement/internship experience, as well as financial assistance with costs from UWE Bristol.

What can I do?

Working in partnership with a host organisation, you could conduct research on topics such as water quality, sanitation in schools, food security, governance, hydropower or well rehabilitation.

Previous students have won prizes for their work – including the National Union of Journalists (Bristol branch) Student Journalism Prize, and the IWSN-UWE Bristol Student Prize.

Where can I go?

The following partner organisations across the globe are offering both short and long-term opportunities this academic year to a wide range of students:


National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) Diocese of Kisoro Joint Effort To Save the Environment (JESE)

South Africa

LIMA Rural Development Foundation


RMI Outgrower Development

India – New for 2016-17

Wells For India

Peru – New for 2016-17

Centro Competencias Agua

You can view more information about the opportunities associated with each organisation within InfoHub.

How to take part

The project is open to second year undergraduate students from all courses. Participants will be selected based on factors including:

  • your coursework and exam marks
  • the quality of your dissertation proposal
  • your personal statement.

Apply now

Applications are now open and the deadline has been extended until Friday 19 May 2017. You can apply using the application form within InfoHub (login required).

Before you begin your application, please note that you will need to consider how to link your research/experience to your academic studies as part of your third year modules, including sandwich placements and dissertation projects.

Please contact water.security@uwe.ac.uk if you have any queries about the project.

Project funding

You may be able to access some of the following funding support if you have secured a place on the project:

1. UWE Global Water Security Project funding: £500

All students successfully placed on the project will receive a grant of £500 to help towards the cost of the project. This is money for you to spend as you wish eg flights, vaccinations and visas.

2. UWE Go Global Bursary – Water Security Project Scheme: £500/£1000

This bursary is on top of any funding offered by the UWE Global Water Security Project and is aimed at helping you with the costs of participating in the project only.
The eligibility criteria for this bursary is slightly different to the main UWE Go Global Bursary scheme and the payment could be an amount of £500 or £1000, depending on your personal circumstances.

3. Student Finance travel grant: varying amounts

This funding is provided by Student Finance.

Find out more about funding support (PDF)

Student testimonials

Previous participants of the programme have returned as transformed individuals with a deeper understanding of development challenges and a commitment to making a positive contribution to society through the application of their knowledge. You can read testimonials from some of them below.

"I have been fortunate to undergo a unique and amazing experience, meeting some wonderful people and working within a completely new environment. Not only have I collected my dissertation data, but I have also had the opportunity to gain valuable experience of field research."
Molly Byrne

“My placement to Uganda has undoubtedly been the best experience of my life to date. It has changed my outlook as a human being. ”
Josh Rogers

"Actively being involved in this research and meeting communities has given me more of an insight than any book ever could. It was a humbling yet incredible experience and one that I will never forget.”
Charlotte Whitmarsh

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