In 2008, the International Desalination Association (IDA) launched its Fellowship Award Program to facilitate the advancement of global expertise in desalination and water reuse through the exchange of talents, knowledge and skills. This Program plays an important role in promoting education and fostering information exchange among industry professionals – two essential elements in the fulfillment of IDA’s mission of supporting development of and promoting the use of desalination and desalination technology globally.
The IDA Fellowship Award provides recipients with an unprecedented opportunity to spend time with a host agency – a high-profile public utility or well-respected research organization – working alongside colleagues in the desalination industry, gaining insights into the host agency’s operations, strategies and policies, and ultimately exchanging ideas with the global desalination community following this Attachment (Program). Through this process, the IDA Fellow becomes a conduit for knowledge transfer when he or she shares their learning with their own organization, as well as with other fellow professionals through IDA’s publications or presentations at major IDA events.
Since the Program’s inception, IDA has partnered with the following as host agencies: PUB, Singapore’s national water agency; Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) in Saudi Arabia; Water Corporation and Murdoch University in Western Australia; the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in the USA; the Ministry of Electricity & Water in Kuwait and The Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW), located in Ruwi, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
The objective of the IDA Fellowship Award is to facilitate the advancement of global expertise on desalination and water reuse by fostering more interactions and sharing of non-confidential knowledge and non-patented technologies and processes in the desalination and water reuse industry. The IDA Fellowship Award enables the IDA Fellow to acquire new in-depth knowledge through an attachment with a host agency known for its leadership in desalination and desalination technologies. The host agency also benefits from the IDA Fellow’s experience, knowledge and exposure to best practices, which are shared with the support of the Fellow’s own organization.
The IDA Fellowship Award Program consists of two parts – a monetary award and an Attachment to work on a specific project. IDA confers a monetary award up to 10,000 USD, which is funded through the IDA Foundation. This amount is utilized to cover the airfare and accommodations of the Fellow. The host agencies also agree to cover the Fellow’s in-country living expenses while he/she is on attachment with the hosts. The hosting agencies reserve the right to draft the specifics of the Attachment and the level of monetary commitment. The IDA Fellow must also demonstrate the ability to secure additional sources of funding to allow him/her to complete the Attachment.
The Attachment, provided by the host agencies, spans several weeks, during which time the Fellow works on a project (e.g., operational project, research and development) that is outlined as part of the application procedure.