The Water Initiative of South Asia (WISA) is a two-phase project supported by a range of funding bodies to promote science innovation and partnership between Turkey, South Asian Countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and the United Kingdom. Phase 1 took place in November 2017 and involved a WISA workshop held in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Phase 2 comprises of the following activities:

Professional training for early career researchers on

  • Governance and Allocation and
  • Integrated Water Management

In Istanbul, Turkey, between 19-27 July 2018.

Please see below for more detail.

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Imperial College London is happy to announce professional development training for researchers in South Asia. The success and reputation of researchers and the institutions they represent is impacted by their ability to work at an international level.

The training, a Researcher Connect course and workshop, develops the professional skills required for researchers to succeed internationally. The training will provide participants with the insights, understanding and tools to communicate effectively, whatever the situation or context, and will contribute to the researchers’ professional development in key areas outlined by the Researcher Development Framework. Junior researchers, early career academics and international research project managers will benefit from the training. 

The training will be held in Istanbul, Turkey in July and will be led by a leading higher education and research skills trainer from the UK. Two workshops are available during the period from 19-25 July 2018. The training will include sessions on academic collaboration to enable participants to begin negotiating the complex research environment and equip them with an effective toolkit for clear, accurate and successful communication and collaboration; academic writing to help participants to analyse their writing style and expectations of journals; and on writing persuasive research proposals and to enable them to present their work effectively with potential societal impact.

The organising committee invites applications for participation from a Science and Engineering background in areas such as Governance and Allocation and Integrated Water Management with research interests and expertise in water resources. The applicants should be based at higher education and research institutions in Turkey and countries in South Asia including India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Iran, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Female academics and those identified as having a disability are encouraged to apply. Application form and information on how to apply can be found in the following link:

Only applicants who meet the following eligibility criteria will be considered:

  1. Holding an academic degree (research and/or teaching)
  2. Being in the early stages of an academic career with their PhD awarded no earlier than January 2011. Allowances are made for career breaks.
  3. English language capability equivalent to Band 6 in the IELTS. No formal proof of qualification is required, but participants may be asked to interview in the application process where English language level would be considered.

The deadline for the application is Tuesday, 14 June 2018. The final selection will be made by a panel comprising members of the organising committee and senior academics from the UK and South Asia. Short-listed candidates may be asked for an online interview. Selected applicants are expected to be notified by Friday, 29 June 2018.

Flights (economy) and accommodation will be provided; other costs including local transport and visa fees will not be included in the package.  Should you have any questions concerning the workshop check out the FAQ page or send your questions using the following email

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I submit my application?

We can only accept online applications. No other formats will be considered. The application from can be found here:

Do I need to submit complementary evidence with the online form?

Yes, you are asked to submit the Letter of Support, on headed paper, signed by the Head of Department or other person with appropriate delegated authority, expressing specific commitment to the proposed training. Please note that supporting letters must be signed by someone other than the Applicant.

In what language do I have to send the documents?

Both application form and letter of support must be written in English.

Can I save my online application and come back to it?

Yes. The application form can be saved at any time before completing or submitting it. In order to save the form and complete it later, click the “Are you sure you want to leave this form and resume later?” button at the bottom of each page. You will be taken to a new window where you will receive a unique URL that must be used to return to your form at a later stage (within 30 days). You can also email this URL directly to yourself from the new window.

Application forms CANNOT be recovered without this URL and the system generates a new URL every time you use the Save & Resume function. Therefore you will not be able to access the latest version of your application form with an earlier URL – please store the most recent URL in a safe place so that you don’t lose your most recent changes.

What to do if the form doesn’t work or I cannot upload my letter?

Usually this is due to the version of internet browser being used. Please try a different browser, ideally Chrome. If the problem persists please email

What shall I do if I experience technical issues with online application form?

If you are experiencing technical issues with the online form, please contact us BEFORE the submission deadline via If you alert us to technical issues only after the deadline, we may not be able to consider them when assessing the eligibility of your application.

When is the deadline for applications?

The deadline is 5pm UK time on 20 June 2018.