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Education for Sustainable Energy Development (ESED) Scholarship

The ESED scholarship supports outstanding students pursuing advanced studies in sustainable energy development and encourages meaningful contributions to the collective body of knowledge about this subject.

The Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP) is a non-profit organization of leading electricity companies driving sustainable energy development worldwide. The GSEP is a unique CEO-led alliance of leading global electricity companies promoting electrification and sustanable energy development. One of their flagship programs is a scholarship supporting exceptional master’s students from developing countries studying in sustainable energy development. The ESED scholarship encourages meaningful contributions to the collective body of knowledge about this subject.

ESED scholars are exceptional students from developing countries studying in sustainable energy development. Today, the need for globally-oriented practitioners and researchers is growing rapidly. This one-of-a-kind scholarship program fosters the next generation of energy, climate, and electricity sector specialists who will be prepared to tackle the challenges of the future. 

Scholarship value

Scholarships of up to USD $ 21,000 per year (max.two years). The amount of the award varies on a case-by-case basis.  Up to 10 scholarships are awarded annually. For more information have a look at the overview of the estimated costs of living in the Netherlands (excluding tuition fees).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Countries eligible for this scholarship
  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo - Brazzaville
  • Congo - Kinshasa
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • North Korea
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • St. Helena
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent & Grenadines
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Syria
  • São Tomé & Príncipe
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis & Futuna
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Application requirements

To be eligible for this scholarship, prospective applicants must:

  • Undertake a full-time master’s-level studies in the fields of zero-carbon energy, smart grids, electric transportation, energy storage, advanced electricity technologies, public policy, economics, law, political science, or other relevant fields.
  • Eligible applicants must be pursuing full-time studies for at least one full school year (two or three semesters), beginning in autumn 2020. Students in the second year of a two-year program are eligible to apply, provided that they meet this requirement. 
  • Be a citizen of a developing country/territory on the List of official development aid recipients identified by the Development Co-operation Directorate (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Be committed to returning to their home country/territory after their studies to contribute to its development
  • Be an outstanding student
    • Graduates with excellent grades in the top 20% of their class
    • Is committed to sustainable energy development
    • Has a history of community involvement
    • Is determined to advance their knowledge and understanding

Application opening

Applications open: 8 January 2020

How to apply

You must provide an electronic copy of all the documents listed below.

  • Passport (photo page only) or birth certificate
  • Curriculum vitae detailing your education, work experience (if applicable), awards, and participation in volunteer and/or extracurricular activities
  • Admission letter from your university program of choice
    • Upload a copy of your official letter of admission from the university. Please not that each participant can only submit the admission letter from their top choice of university program;
    • If you have not yet received a letter of admission, you can upload an acknowledgement of receipt from your university showing that you have applied for admission;
    • If you receive your official admission letter after the scholarship application deadline, it is your responsibility to forward it via email to scholarship@globalelectricity.org by no later than April 17, 2020. If we do not receive your official admission letter by this date, your application will not be considered;
    • If this application is for the second year of a two-year program, please include proof of enrolment, as well as a copy of the official letter of admission. These should be uploaded together in one document.
  • Program outline
    • Upload an outline of the curriculum or the courses you will be taking for your master’s program;
    • If the language of the program outline is not English, a certified translation of the document which includes the name of the translator as well as a copy of the original (untranslated) letter is required. These should be uploaded together in one document
  • University transcript(s)
    • Upload a copy of your complete university transcript(s) 
    • If the language of your original transcript(s) is not English, we require a certified translation of the document which includes the name of the translator as well as a copy of the original (untranslated) transcript. These should be uploaded together in one document
    • If this application is for the second year of a two-year master’s program, please include your transcript for your first year
  • Academic Reference Form
    • You need to provide a completed copy of the Academic Reference Form. The form must be completed in English. 
    • The form must be completed by a faculty member or professor at your current or previous university who knows your academic abilities
    • Should the referee wish to send the Academic Reference Form directly to the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership, they can email it to scholarship@globalelectricity.org by March 6, 2020. If received, it will be indicated in the online application system after you submit your application. 
  • Academic or personal reference letter
    • You need to provide one reference letter from either an academic or personal referee
    • The reference needs to be in letterform (with an official letterhead of the referee’s organization, if possible), written in English, and must be dated and signed by the referee
    • An academic referee must be a faculty member or professor at your current or previous university who knows your academic abilities. They cannot be the same person as the individual who completes your Academic Reference Form. 
    • A personal referee should be a person (e.g. employer, supervisor, mentor, coach) who can discuss other personal qualities or interests that make you specially qualified to receive the scholarship. This referee cannot be a family member
    • Please make sure that the referee includes your full name in their letter
    • Should the referee wish to send their letter directly to the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership, they can send email it to scholarship@globalelectricity.org by March 6, 2020. If received, it will be indicated in the online application system after you submit your application. 
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