Media Release: ScottishPower and Fundacion Iberdrola announce Edinburgh University postgraduate scholarships

THE Fundación IBERDROLA has announced details of its scholarships for postgraduate studies in the UK and USA.

The Fundación is responsible for coordinating, driving and promoting the social activities of IBERDROLA; the parent company of ScottishPower.

The scholarship programme was first launched last year as part of the company’s commitment to addressing the emerging needs and skills of the energy industry.

The programme will contribute to excellence in training in the fields of energy, with a focus on environmental protection as well as the development of low carbon technologies and a sustainable energy model.

Now in its second year, scholarships will be available for studies at six institutions including the University of Edinburgh.

The programme is open to students of British, Spanish and American nationality for studies in energy and environment related postgraduate courses. Up to 14 scholarships will be available for the academic year 2011/2012 and they will each cover tuition fees and provide a monthly living allowance of £1,200 for a maximum of 12 months.

Ann Loughrey, head of Corporate Social Responsibility at ScottishPower, said:

“ScottishPower is delighted to offer scholarships to prospective students who will be studying in the energy industry. We, along with our parent company Iberdrola, have identified a need to address environmental damage and climate change. Our scholarships will offer a route for further study to work towards addressing this.

“By offering these funded places ScottishPower is aiming to develop skilled leaders and professionals with the highest level of training for the industry. Our company scholarships are aiming to effectively meet the energy needs of people while protecting the environment, particularly in the areas and countries where the Iberdrola Group has a relevant presence, as is the case of the UK and the USA.”

Robert Lawrie, head of Scholarships and Student Funding Services at the University of Edinburgh, said:

“I am delighted that the Fundación IBERDROLA is offering once again a number of postgraduate scholarships to support the tremendously important area of energy and environment.

“The University of Edinburgh is delighted to be part of this prestigious scholarship programme and looks forward to attracting some high quality candidates. We are grateful to ScottishPower for providing this support to our students as they seek to gain a deeper understanding of the global environment and environmentally sustainable solutions.”

The scholarships are available for postgraduate studies in universities in the UK and USA in areas of knowledge including renewable energies, sustainable energy systems, environment and biodiversity, clean coal technologies, emissions management and carbon capture, energy efficiency, energy storage, electric vehicles and smart grids.

Scholarships are open for studies at the Imperial College of London (UK), University of Edinburgh (UK), University of Strathclyde (UK), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), Rochester Institute of Technology (USA) and University of Maine (USA).

Students studying a relevant field can apply for scholarships between 21st February and 21st March 2010.  More details can be found at


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