The CWS Fellowship Program is a water education and leadership training experience in Northern Region Ghana. The purpose of the fellowship is to teach individuals about the global water crisis, and inspire them to become leaders in the field of international development.

Fellows are grouped in teams of four and paired with a rural community in Northern Region Ghana. Before traveling to Africa, each Fellow works to raise the $2,950 fellowship fee which covers all of their in-country expenses, including the capital and monitoring cost of a new CWS water business. On the ground, teams are first trained in water quality testing, and the CWS water treatment methods. They then spend two weeks in the field implementing and monitoring a CWS water business in their village.

Since the start of the Fellowship Program in June 2010, CWS has hosted 198 students and young professionals in Ghana who have implemented 55 of our 60 water businesses, providing permanent sources of safe drinking water almost 35,000 people! Check out the videos on the right to learn hear more about the program from our Fellow Alums or our FAQ page to find more details! 

Interested in being a Fellow? Click here to Apply now!

Here's what some of our past Fellows had to say about the program:

"Before I went on the fellowship, I knew I wanted to work in development, preferably in Africa, but I had no clue in what sector. The fellowship, as cliche as it may sound, was literally my 'a-ha' moment. Working in a community without a source of potable water just shook me to my core- I honestly didn't understand the value of water until I came to Ghana and now it has completely changed my whole trajectory."

"The fundraising process was good preparation for how we would be treated as responsible adults during the fellowship."

"This was the greatest experience/opportunity I have been able to partake in, in my life so far and has opened my eyes to so many things about life and has helped push me in the direction of where and what I want to do in the future."

The CWS Fellowship takes place three times a year. We are currently accepting applications for both our Summer and Winter programs.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis - the earlier you apply, the earlier you will be notified if you accepted and the more time you will have to raise your fellowship fee! What are you waiting for? Apply now!

Fall 2014: November 5th to 19th, 2014-- TWO WEEK program

Winter 2015: December 28th 2014 - January 19th, 2015

Summer 2015: TBD

**Interested in the fellowship program but these dates don't work for you? Email Sam at for more alternative opportunities for the fellowship in Ghana

Questions? Check out our FAQ