Call for nominations: The Arun Deb Promise of Excellence Award in Water/Sanitation Hygiene

In 2018, the Global Water Alliance has established the "Arun Deb Promise of Excellence in WaSH Award" (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) in honor of its founding board member, Dr. Arun Deb.

Advanced undergrad and graduate students at universities in the greater Philadelphia area (as well as interns at NGO's and Companies) can be nominated for the award. The nomination should be based on work undertaken by the student/intern in the form of a research project, senior thesis, a capstone experience, an analytical paper, report-from-the-field, a commentary, or report of volunteer field work. 

Nominations can be made by faculty members, supervisors, internship mentors, executives of NGOs, community partners. Self-nominations are not accepted unless accompanied by a recommendation letter from a faculty member, supervisor or mentor.

The award committee will evaluate the nominations against several criteria:

  • the objectives of the work should fit within the policy domain of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals # 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • the overall quality of the material written: re.  protocol of research, presentation of findings and clarity of language, use of media, and thoroughness of the research and/or theses
  • contribution to innovations, critical debates and overall understanding of a specific theme within WASH.
  • the award committee will pay attention to the way inequity and multidisciplinarity are addressed, as present in the Sustainable Development Goal # 6.

The nominations can be for one student or one small team.

Award level: $2,500.00.  There will be one award.

The award will be presented at the Annual Conference of GWA, to be held on the eve of World Water Day, March 21, 2019, at Huntsman Hall, University of Pennsylvania or at the reception following at the Fairmount Water Works

Nominations for 2019 can be emailed to [email protected] before January 31, 2019.

For inquiries: Christiaan Morssink, 267-252-1199 or [email protected]