ESED Scholarships for Sustainable Energy Development Studies 2023

Application is open for ESED Scholarships for Sustainable Energy Development Studies 2023. Interested candidates are expected to check the scholarship guidelines below for eligibility, requirement, and how to apply.

The Education for Sustainable Energy Development (ESED) scholarship program inspires the next generation of innovators and thinkers to create a sustainable future. Our scholars are exceptional students from developing countries studying in sustainable energy development.

Today, the need for globally-oriented practitioners and researchers is growing rapidly. Our 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.

About the ESED Sustainable Energy Development Studies

In the wake of the Earth Summit in 1992, the CEOs of the world’s largest power companies came together to form the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP) with the vision to set up an international network of expertise to improve cooperation between the major electricity companies in the world and to act as an ecological and technical advisory group for international institutions and governments, especially in developing countries.

Today, GSEP is an international organization composed of global electricity companies at the heart of the electrification revolution. What sets us apart from other international organizations is our exclusive focus on advancing the electricity sector.

We build on our members’ unparalleled expertise in power systems and electricity technologies to empower decision-makers and companies to embrace electricity as the energy of tomorrow. GSEP was founded as the e7 Network of Expertise for the Global Environment (e7), which later became the e8.

ESED Scholarships for Sustainable Energy Development Studies Eligibility Guidelines

To be eligible for this scholarship, prospective applicants must:

  • Undertake master’s-level studies in a field related to sustainable energy development
    • Examples: zero-carbon energy, smart grids, electric transportation, energy storage, advanced electricity technologies, public policy, economics, law, political science, etc.
  • Pursue full-time studies for at least one full school year (two or three semesters) as of mid to late 2023
  • Be a citizen of a developing country on the list of official development aid recipients identified by the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD
  • Be committed to contributing to their home country’s development after their studies
  • Be an outstanding student:
    • Excellent grades in the top 20% of their class
    • Committed to zero-carbon energy development
    • History of community involvement
    • Determined to advance their knowledge and understanding
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With the aim of supporting developing countries in building local expertise, GSEP will specifically dedicate a share of its scholarships to students pursuing master’s studies in universities based in developing countries.

The academic panel ensures that the yearly selection respects geographical and gender diversity.

Required Documents for ESED Scholarships for Sustainable Energy Development Studies

You must provide an electronic copy of all the documents listed below. If the language of your original documents is not English, we require a certified translation of the document including the name of the translator as well as a copy of the original (untranslated) document.  

  • Passport (photo page only) or birth certificate demonstrating citizenship of a developing country
  • 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. Please note that each applicant can only submit the admission letter from their top choice of university program.
    • If this application is for the second year of a two-year program, please include proof of enrollment, as well as a copy of the official letter of admission. These should be uploaded together in a single document.
  • A course outline of your intended master’s program (PDF file or link)
  • All previous university transcripts
    • If this application is for the second year of a two-year master’s program, please include your transcript for your first year.
  • Two reference letters or forms:
    • At least one of the references must be from an Academic referee. An academic referee must be a faculty member or professor at your current or previous university who knows your academic abilities. You need to provide a completed copy of the Academic Reference Form. The form must be completed in English and signed by the referee.
    • The second referee may either be another Academic referree (as detailed above) or a personal referee. 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. Should you go with the Personal referee, the reference letter must be on official letterhead, written in English, and must be dated and signed by the referee. Please make sure that the referee includes your full name in their letter.
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How to apply for ESED Scholarships for Sustainable Energy Development Studies

Applications for the 2023 edition of the scholarship will close on April 7, 2023 at 5 pm ET.

Please note that it is not possible to evaluate candidates’ files outside of the official application period.

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