Arun Deb Promise of Excellence in WASH Award Poster Session

2021 Submissions Open

 In 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 – 9/5

Poster Submission Deadline – 9/30

Poster Presentations – 10/9

Two awards of $1000 will be available

Who is eligible for this award?

Advanced undergrad and graduate students at accredited universities and young professionals at work in companies, government agencies, NGOs, and anyone is eligible for the award. The submission 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.

Where do I send my submission?

Submissions for the 2021 award can be emailed to before the deadline. For inquiries, contact 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?

Saturday, October 9, at the annual GWA Conference