Arun Deb Promise of Excellence in WASH Award

2021 Submissions Open

PIn 2018, the Global Water Alliance established the annual Arun Deb Promise of Excellence in WASH Award (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) in honor of its founding board member, Dr. Arun Deb

Abstract Submission Deadline – 8/22

Poster Submission Deadline – 9/30

Poster Presentations – 10/9

First Prize $1500     Runner-Up: $500 

Who is eligible to be nominated for this award?

Advanced undergrad and graduate students at accredited universities and young professionals at work in companies, government agencies or NGOs can be nominated for the award. The nomination should be based on work such as a research project, senior thesis, capstone experience, analytical paper, report-from-the-field, commentary or blog, webinar or podcast, or excellent reports of (volunteer) field work related to United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal #6: Ensure Access to Water and Sanitation for all.

Who may submit nominations for this award?

Nominations can be made by faculty members, supervisors, internship mentors, executives of NGOs, community partners. Self-nominations are not accepted. The nominations can be for one student/professional or one small team of two or three

Where do I send my nomination?

Nominations for the 2021 award can be emailed to before the deadline (TBD). For inquiries, contact Dick Riegler, GWA founding Board Member, at, or Christiaan Morssink, GWA President, at

What are the evaluation criteria for the award?

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: Ensure Access to Water and Sanitation for all
  • The overall quality of the material written or produced; e.g. protocol of research, presentation of findings, clarity of language, use of media, and thoroughness of the research and/or theses.
  • Contribution to innovations, critical debates and overall understanding of a theme within WASH.
  • The way inequity and multidisciplinary is addressed, as formulated in the Sustainable Development Goal #6

When and where will the award be announced?

The award will be presented at the GWA symposium on in 2021 (Date and Location TBD).