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Periodic Report Summary 2 - EWPFP COFUND (Experienced Water Postdoc Fellowship COFUND Programme)

The second call for the Experienced Water Postdoc Fellowship COFUND Programme (EWPFP COFUND) was launched by UNESCO-IHE in December 2015 via a weblink ( and following pre-notification at water fairs during 2015, including the World Water Forum and Stockholm Water Week where UNESCO-IHE had an information booth. Applications were received between 17 January and 3 March 2016. The second call received 104 applications relevant to all Chair groups and cutting across the disciplines of many of those groups. Applications were divided between 71 from male candidates and 33 from female candidates. A first screening left 90 eligible applications which were managed through the three departments of the institute for dissemination to reviewers. Following independent remote review by two external and one internal who was not connected with the proposed Chair Group that the work would occur, 21 applications passed to the second round. These candidates were interviewed via SKYPE, with one external and two internal interviewers. For quality control and consistency, the Programme Manager chaired all interviews, except for one where this was delegated to another professor of the institute. After independent scoring by the three following the stipulated criteria, a final ranked list was approved by the Rectorate of the institute. A target of eight awards was set. Two candidate offered positions, declined after the interview, and because the final ranked list had two candidates on equal scores at the cut-off position, nine awards were approved and accepted. They are from Turkey, India (2), Nicaragua, USA, Pakistan, Palestine, Germany and Italy. They cover a diverse range of research topics across 8 Chair Groups. Commencement of the second batch of post-docs began from February to June, depending on availability for starting. All contracts were for two-years. In the same period the first batch of post docs all successfully completed their contracts Outputs from the first batch comprised across the three post-docs a total of 18 published or manuscripts in review. All the post docs participated effectively in teaching and research activities at MSc and PhD level training, and developed further skills from attendance at training courses and conferences. One post-doc developed innovative visualization techniques for enhancing communication about sustainable water management among stakeholders within the Nile Basin.

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