Prizes & Awards

Prizes & Awards

The International RiverFoundation offers a number of Awards and Prizes for excellence in water management. Entries for these Prizes and Awards opens in the early part of each year, and are usually awarded as part of the annual International Riversymposium. Entry details for each are included on our websites and as part of our newsletters and social media channels once available.


Riverprize is the world’s foremost award in river basin management. It recognises and rewards organisations making waves in the sustainable management of the world’s rivers, whether at the grassroots or transboundary level.

The prize rewards inspiring initiatives that demonstrate Integrated River Basin Management to restore and protect rivers, wetlands, lakes and estuaries. Previous winners and finalists have received widespread recognition, built new partnerships, shared their knowledge and won other awards following Riverprize, becoming part of a network of river practitioners and experts from around the world.


Vera Thiess Fellowship for Women

The International RiverFoundation’s Vera Thiess Fellowship for Women gives women from developing countries the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through the IRF and its partners, with the goal of advancing women’s participation in water and river management. This fellowship goes not only towards supporting the selected candidate, but towards continuing the important work of bridging the gap in women’s participation in river basin management.


Emerging River Professional Award

The Emerging River Professional Award (ERPA), sponsored by OceanaGold Corporation, recognises, rewards and fosters those in the early stages of their careers in rivers. The award is presented to those who have demonstrated innovation, excellence and leadership in river, basin or river-dependent community management.


Ken Thiess Memorial Scholarship

The Ken Thiess Memorial Scholarship builds capacity in Integrated Water Resource Management to improve outcomes in developing countries. Awarded to a people from developing countries, the scholarship enables a student to study the International WaterCentre Master of Integrated Water Management in Brisbane, Australia by funding tuition, living expenses, travel allowances, visas and health cover, as well as attendance at the International Riversymposium.