AWWA Abel Wolman Fellowship

$30,000Award Amount
1Number of Awards
12/20/2022Submission Deadline

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AWWA Abel Wolman Fellowship was established in honor of the late Abel Wolman who led an exceptional career in the water industry. The fellowship is aimed at supporting highly qualified students who wish to continue important research in water supply through doctoral programs.

The $30,000 scholarship fund will go a long way in enabling research breakthroughs. It will go to a student who, through their application, can demonstrate excellence, vision, creativity, and brilliant professional performance that is reminiscent of Abel Wolman’s long and productive career.

Students attending universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico are eligible to apply. Additionally, candidates should be at most, two years away from fulfilling the requirements of their Ph.D. programs at the time they will receive the award.

Key Information of AWWA Abel Wolman Fellowship

Study Details

Area of Study

Water Works

Country of Study

  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • United States

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Award Amount


Number of Awards


AWWA Abel Wolman Fellowship Timeline

October 2022

Applications Open

Applications usually open in October.

December 20, 2022

Application deadline

All applications must be submitted by December 20.

January 10, 2023

Submission of recommendation letters

All recommendation letters must be received by the scholarship committee by the following January.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: Doctorate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: Canada, Mexico, United States
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Recommendation letters

How to ace the AWWA Abel Wolman Fellowship


Highlight the relevance of your research

You will be required to provide a summary of your dissertation. Don’t just tell them what you are doing. Make sure you explicitly state how important and relevant your work is to water supply and treatment.


Don’t be afraid to brag

Mention all your academic and career achievements, from seemingly small to big. Embellish all your outstanding qualities and make it clear why you’re deserving of this scholarship.


Choose your references wisely

The people who write your recommendation letters should know you well enough, so they can speak well to your outstanding qualities and achievements. Also, ensure you reach out to them early enough so they don’t miss the email prompts or deadline.


Review your application

Go through the application thoroughly from start to finish. Get rid of any mistakes or grammatical blunders you may have made.

How the AWWA Abel Wolman Fellowship is Judged

The selection committee assesses the quality of answers provided in candidate's application forms as well as the recommendation letters provided by references. Each candidate is required to have three recommendation letters submitted, one of which must be from their dissertation advisor. Candidates are assessed based on academic and professional merit, creativity, passion, and commitment to the chosen field.

Why We Love the AWWA Abel Wolman Fellowship


It’s renewable

A second year of financial support can be provided if needed by the scholar.


Can apply to other AWWA scholarships

With a single application, candidates can apply to multiple AWWA water research scholarships.


Winner gets publicity

The winner is featured in a press release that talks about the award, the winner, and why they stood out. That’s definitely some great and potentially helpful publicity.

5 Facts About AWWA Abel Wolman Fellowship


Funds are disbursed to the institution

The scholarship funds are sent directly to the scholar’s institution.


The fund has grown over the years

The award amount has seen steady increases since the fund was established.


It’s not open to international students

Only citizens or permanent residents of the aforementioned North American countries are eligible to apply.


AWWA has tons of scholarships

The American Water Scholarship is just one of more than 17 active scholarship programs offered by the association.


Abel Wolman is a pioneer in the industry

The eponym of the award was an educator and engineer who is regarded as the pioneer of modern sanitary engineering.

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