An integrative approach to address complex water problems for the future of cities, agriculture, energy security, the environment, and public health.


Water Diplomacy is an innovative and integrative approach to address complex water problems. At Tufts University, we educate the next generation of water diplomats to envision a different future for water, transforming their understanding of water as a fixed resource into a flexible and sustainably shared resource to create new avenues for negotiating and resolving water conflicts.

Water Diplomacy crosses disciplinary boundaries to integrate science, policy, and politics in innovative and contextually relevant ways to effectively manage 21st-century water problems with stakeholders who have changing and competing viewpoints and values. Water management problems span hydrological, geographic, jurisdictional, and political boundaries.

Connecting experts, creating more scientific knowledge, developing models, and sharing data are not enough. We educate students to see water networks to diagnose water problems, evaluate intervention points, and implement sustainable solutions.


IGERT Fellowships

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Water Diplomacy program is able to offer highly motivated doctoral students an Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) fellowship award, which provides funding for two years. The IGERT fellowship award includes a full-tuition scholarship, an annual stipend of $30,000, and a paid research opportunity with national or international partners.

Tufts University's Water Diplomacy | IGERT doctoral program educates reflective water professionals who will:

  • Think across boundaries
  • Integrate knowledge and action
  • Develop non-zero sum solutions

The Water Diplomacy program is seeking fellowship applications for August 2015.    

Due to NSF restrictions, funding for the Water Diplomacy | IGERT fellowship is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.