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ATCOLD Scholarship

Master’s Scholarship of Excellence for Students in Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering

Together with TU Graz, ATCOLD will award scholarships to talented and motivated students in Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering from South America, Africa and Asia for the maximum duration of two years.


The "AusTrian National COmmittee on Large Dams" (ATCOLD) contributes to the safe, reliable and economic construction and operation of dams by supporting engineering education and the formulation of regulations, as well as through international cooperation in the ICOLD (International COmmission on Large Dams).

Dams with reservoirs can immediately and efficiently be used to store and generate electrical energy. Thus, they play an essential role in the use of energy from renewable but volatile sources such as wind and photovoltaics.

Reservoirs store drinking water and water that is used to irrigate agricultural land, while the dams that retain this water provide extra protection for the population against floods.

Applications for this scholarship are open until 27 March 2023.

Quick Facts

The ATCOLD scholarships will be awarded from WS 2023/24:

  • Scholarship for: talented students in Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering
    The scholarship is preferably awarded to newly admitted students at TU Graz.
  • Region: South America, Africa and Asia
  • Duration: maximum of 24 months (given appropriate academic performance)
  • Conditions:
    • acceptance to the Master’s degree programme in Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering
    • elaboration of the master thesis in the field of hydraulic engineering (at the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management, Graz University of Technology)
  • Amount of scholarship:
    • 8,000 € per academic year (up to two academic years - given appropriate academic performance). Payment is made twice a year at the beginning of each semester.
    • individual consultation and advice from liaison professors at TU Graz


The complete applications should be sent by e-mail by 27 March 2023 to tugraz100noSpam@tugraz.at (mentioning the scholarship, e.g. ATCOLD Scholarship).

The complete application in English comprises:

  • letter of motivation
  • curriculum vitae
  • proof of academic achievements in previously attended schools or programmes
  • two reference letters from previous teachers
  • copy of passport

A jury of experts from TU Graz draws up an initial list of awardees. The final award is made by the scholarship provider (ATCOLD). In addition to a high level of professional qualification, value is placed on a good general education/open-mindedness, interest/creativity and independent thinking.

Requirements and Admission Requirements

All complete applications submitted by students who have been admitted to the master's programme since the winter semester 2023/24 and have thus far provided excellent proof of academic achievement will be considered. Any admission requirements must, therefore, be met. Upon receipt of the scholarships, proof of academic achievement must be provided after one year.

The ATCOLD scholarship made it possible for me to study at TU Graz. The career mentorship opportunity also offers me a great advantage, as I would like to pursue a career in hydraulic engineering and specifically focus on the aspects of designing, constructing, and maintaining hydraulic structures for power generation.

Odufa Anna Oguah-Oshoke, Master's Programme in Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering

Contact Us

For any further information on the scholarship please contact tugraz100noSpam@tugraz.at mentioning the scholarship (ATCOLD Scholarship).