Malin Falkenmark is a professor of Applied and International Hydrology. She is best known for her long-standing work and expertise on the sustainable use of water resources to meet human and ecosystem needs. Her work is characterized by pioneering integration of both natural- and social-science approaches in global perspectives. She is particularly known for developing the Falkenmark Water Stress Indicator, concepts of Blue and Green water and Comparative hydrology. Read more at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malin_Falkenmark 

The Falkenmark Award for best PhD thesis:

  • Recognises outstanding contributions to hydrological understanding of water scarcity and water supply.
  • Is granted every year, starting 2023 (nomination must be submitted no later than 31 December 2022).
  • Highlights the importance of capacity building and knowledge/data gathering in financially disadvantaged countries.

Eligible nominees

  • Grew up in a financially disadvantaged country 
  • Performed the PhD work in one or more financially disadvantaged countries
  • Holds a PhD certificate, which is dated within the last 2 years.


  • The Evaluation Committee consists of one IAHS officer, the Chair of the Committee for Africa and invited experts depending on nominees topics 
  • Can be made by IAHS members
  • Must be forwarded to the Secretary General, Jean-Marie Kileshye Onema (copy [email protected]), no later than 31 December of the previous year
  • Must consist of:
    -   the nominee's CV (max. 2 pages, A4 format)
    -   copy of PhD certificate
    -   max 1-page nomination letter, with one sentence citation (max. 200 characters) stating why the nominee is the most qualified person to receive the Falkenmark Award
    -   pdf of the PhD thesis, in English or supported by papers in English published in international scientific journals.

The winner of the Falkenmark Award

  • Is invited to give a talk on the findings of the Thesis at a General or Scientific Assembly of IAHS 
  • Will get costs covered travel to that specific conference (i.e. conference registration and abstract fees, visa, travelling and accommodation similar to the SYSTA awardees).
  • Will receive a certificate at the IAHS Prize ceremony. 


List of Falkenmark Award winners


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