The Fundación IBERDROLA has announced the first round of its programme of scholarships for postgraduate studies in energy and the environment at academic centres in the United Kingdom and the United States.
The initiative is aimed at forging professionals for a sustainable energy model able to meet the energy needs of the public while at the same time protecting the environment.
The Fundación IBERDROLA will grant up to 14 scholarships for the 2011/ 2012 year. Graduates or students in their last year of an undergraduate degree and with Spanish, British or U.S. nationality are eligible to apply. The scholarships are intended to promote student mobility in the regions where the IBERDROLA Group has its major operations.
The recipients should focus their study on areas linked to renewable energies, sustainable energy systems, the environment and biodiversity, clean carbon technologies, emissions management and carbon capture, energy efficiency, energy storage, electric vehicles or smart grids. To do so, they will be able to choose from six institutions: Imperial College London, Edinburgh University and Strathclyde University in the United Kingdom, and in the United States from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Rochester Institute of Technology or the University of Maine.
The Fundación IBERDROLA will pay the full registration fee and a monthly allowance of 1,200 pounds sterling or 2,100 dollars. For those that have to travel on a return transatlantic flight, the institution will also pay a travel allowance worth 1,500 euros.
In the selection process, the Fundación IBERDROLA will assess various aspects, such as academic grades, resumé, interest in intended studies and letter of reference from candidates' referees. The enrolment period is open until 14.00 H on 21 March. The conditions for scholarships may be consulted on the website www.fundacioniberdrola.org.
About the Fundación IBERDROLA
The Fundación IBERDROLA, with Ignacio Galán as its Founding Trustee and Manuel Marín in the role of Chairman, focuses its activity in three main spheres of action: progress towards a sustainable energy model, cultural development in the countries where IBERDROLA operates and cooperation towards development and solidarity.
As well as the Energy and Environment Scholarships Scheme, the Fundación IBERDROLA is also involved in various projects for the conservation of historic-artistic heritage. Some of the highlights among these are the Atlantic Romanesque Heritage Restoration Programme, which aims to restore 33 Romanesque temples located in the vicinity of the rivers Duero and Támega, and the sponsorship of the Prado National Museum Restoration Programme.
The Fundación IBERDROLA also carries out initiatives involving cooperation and contribution towards development, such as the Energy for Solidarity social grants scheme.