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We are excited to announce the launch of a new student section of the Water Institute website! This page is aimed at providing resources, updates, and opportunities to UNC students regarding all things water. Since this is your space, your feedback is welcome!

Get involved

If you are a UNC student interested in getting involved with the Water Institute check out the links below. Please note, these links take you to Microsoft 365 and will only work if you have a UNC-Chapel Hill email address.

  • If you are interested in receiving email communications for students, join our Outlook Group.
  • Are you a UNC student interested in getting involved with the Water Institute? Send inquiry.


  • 8/18/2023 - A warm welcome back to campus to all new and returning students! We hope your semesters are succesful and look forward to working with you on Water Institute projects and inititatives.
  • 4/20/2023 - Good luck to all students wrapping up spring semester classes and preparing for final exams!

Student calendar

Funding opportunities

This listing contains links to potential funding and job opportunities for Water Institute students and will be updated on a regular basis to inform students of new opportunities under the following categories: Special Opportunities, North Carolina Organizations, National Organizations and Global Opportunities

Special Opportunities

CDC Job Opportunity: Behavioral Health Scientist

The Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Team within the Waterborne Prevention Branch is seeking a Behavioral Health Scientist, GS-0601-13. The team is a multidisciplinary team of environmental microbiologists, epidemiologists, clinicians, and behavioral scientists that works to prevent, detect, and respond to waterborne and WASH-related diseases through strengthening of epidemiologic and laboratory-based surveillance capacity, improved case management, and improved access to and use of water, sanitation, and hygiene resources focusing on low-resource settings. The team works across three focus areas: global waterborne infections (e.g., prevention/response to cholera and typhoid outbreaks), global WASH (e.g., preventive WASH mitigation measures in community settings), and global wastewater/environmental surveillance.

  • Apply by September 11, 2023

North Carolina Organizations


NC AWWA-WEA is a volunteer association operating jointly under one Board of Trustees as a Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and a Member Association (MA) of the Water Environment Federation (WEF).

  • Scholarships are available for community college and university students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as for educators at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The One AWWA Operator Scholarship can be used by operations professionals for certification/licensure, two-year water related associate degree, technical school program, professional training program, books and manuals, and operator related conferences.

North Carolina Ground Water Association

  • Worth Pickard Scholarship: The NCGWA is offering scholarships to eligible students who are currently enrolled or who have been accepted into an accredited college or university. Consideration will also be given to those seeking specialized courses of study, if the applicant is employed or otherwise involved in some area of the ground water industry.

North Carolina Public Health Association (NCPHA)

  • Scholarships: Applicants should be an individual who has worked in the field of public health for at least five (5) years and is pursuing graduate-level training that would qualify him/her for a leadership position in public health, and has been a paid member of NCPHA for at least two (2) consecutive years.

Professional Engineers of North Carolina (PENC)

  • Scholarships: Rising Juniors and Seniors in Engineering: Application deadline is the published date. You may be a resident of any state, but you must be a US citizen. You must be a rising Junior or Senior (academically) undergraduate student in an engineering degree program certified by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology at one of the 16 UNC campuses.

North Carolina Sea Grant Fellowships

  • The NC STEM Policy Fellowship provides graduate students from North Carolina colleges and universities with opportunities to serve full-time for a year in high-level state government offices, focusing on policy topics related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • The NC Sea Grant – NC Space Grant Graduate Research Fellowship offers a graduate research fellowship focused on addressing high-priority research needs within North Carolina’s nearshore environs and coastal watersheds.

Water Resources Research Institute of the UNC System

  • NC WRRI and North Carolina Sea Grant again will offer a joint competitive funding opportunity for full-time graduate students at North Carolina’s colleges and universities. Applicants should propose research they will conduct under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

UNC Chapel Hill Grants and Scholarships

  • Grants come from federal, state, University and private funding. Grants are applied directly to college costs, are based on need, and do not require repayment. Eligibility for grants is determined each year when you apply for financial aid. Keeping up with deadlines and any items on the Financial Aid “To Do” list in Connect Carolina is an important part of the financial aid application process.
  • You can begin applying for financial aid on October 1 for the upcoming academic year.

National Organizations

American Water Works Association (AWWA)

  • Scholarships: AWWA supports students through discounted memberships and more than 17 scholarships. Some of the scholarship programs include:
  • AECOM - The AECOM $5,000 academic scholarship funds a graduate student pursuing an engineering degree in innovative solutions to improve drinking water in urban communities.
  • American Water Scholarship - Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. This $5,000 scholarship provides funding to a graduate level student.
  • Arcadis Scholarship - Driven by its core value to build and leverage a diverse and inclusive workforce, Arcadis offers this $5,000 scholarship award to assist graduate-level students from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups (Black, Latinx, American Indian or Alaska Native) in STEM fields with the potential to provide leadership in the water service industry.
  • Dr. Philip C. Singer Scholarship - This award was established in 2020 in honor of Dr. Philip C. Singer to recognize an outstanding graduate student pursuing research on topics related to drinking water quality, environmental science, and public health. The scholarship will provide $3,000 to a student who is pursuing research that will provide actionable and timely outcomes to address current challenges faced by the water industry.
  • Dave Caldwell Scholarship - Established in recognition of Brown and Caldwell co-founder Dave Caldwell. This $5,000 scholarship funds a female and/or minority graduate level student pursuing an engineering degree in the drinking water field.
  • Application period open September - December, 2023

American Membrane Technology Association

NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

  • Undergraduate Scholarships: NOAA Office of Education's student scholarship programs provide opportunities for undergraduate students to gain hands-on experience while pursuing research and educational training in NOAA-mission sciences. The Hollings and EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship share a common application and students who are eligible for both programs are encouraged to apply to both.
  • Application period begins September 1, 2023

Global Opportunities

  • Josh’s Water Jobs: Includes scholarship and internship opportunities
  • Sanitation Workers Knowledge and Learning Hub serves as a platform for the dissemination and exchange of resources and information regarding sanitation workers. It comprises a library of publications, research, reports and other resources on sanitation workers' rights.  

Innovation Accelerator Awards

Perhaps no issues are more important to human health, economic development, environmental conservation/protection, and peace and security than water and sanitation. The Water Institute and the Conflict Management Initiative at UNC are collaborating to provide awards to undergraduate students who wish to take practical steps in managing issues surrounding challenges in the areas of environmental justice, drinking water, sanitation, transboundary water, peace, and security, be it on a local, state, national, regional or global level.
More info coming soon!

Let's create a water secure future together.