Industry links see over a dozen energy sector scholarships open to students


FOURTEEN scholarships are currently available to students studying for degrees within the energy sector as the University of Aberdeen strengthens its links with industry employers.

Supporting postgraduate students during their studies, the scholarships will help to foster high level study, leading to careers in challenging and rewarding industries and will be of benefit to both the academic and energy sectors.

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Professor John Underhill the University of Aberdeen’s Interdisciplinary Director for Energy Transition, said: “Scholarships can be an important lifeline providing crucial financial support to enable students to undertake courses, concentrate on their studies and enhance their study environment. They are also hugely beneficial to the donating company, offering a unique opportunity to invest in an individual to realise their full potential.

“These scholarships face a wide range of our programs, underlining their relevance to industry, and are a wonderful example of how we are working with industry to attract and develop the talented students who will lead the energy sector as it decarbonises and transitions in the decades to come.”

MSc Integrated Petroleum Geology student Katrina Court, the 2022/23 recipient of the NEO Energy Postgraduate Scholarship, said: “I would like to thank NEO for not just the financial support the scholarship provides but also the access to their wonderful mentoring programme which made a huge difference to me. My mentor’s advice and experience were invaluable. I hope that future scholars will gain as much from this programme as I did.”

The 2024/25 scholarship opportunities, many of which close for applications on May 3, are:

The Data Lab Scholarships

Two different scholarships are available. The MSc Artificial Intelligence programme covers the theoretical underpinning of machine learning, data science, natural language generation and multi-agent systems as well as the technology used to apply them to AI to real-world problems.

The MSc Geophysics programme equips students with the skills for careers in the energy transition, hydrocarbon and minerals exploration, renewable energy, environmental sciences and associated service industries, or broader geophysics research.

NEO Energy Postgraduate Scholarship Programme

NEO Energy, an independent full-cycle energy business in the UKCS, is offering two postgraduate scholarships in a variety of taught energy-related degree programmes at the University of Aberdeen. NEO was founded in 2019 and operates and holds interests in high quality UK North Sea assets. The Scholarships also include mentoring or other internal opportunities. More information can be found here.

Integrated Petroleum Geoscience (IPG) Industry Scholarships

The MSc Integrated Petroleum Geoscience programme at the University of Aberdeen is generously supported each year by a number of industry partners. Energy companies Equinor, Shell and Harbour Energy will each provide one scholarship to cover tuition fees plus a living allowance for Home/RUK student starting the programme in September 2024. More information can be found here.

Energy Geophysics Shell Scholarship

The MSc Geophysics provides professional-level geophysics training and education to open up career opportunities across a number of industries and for future academic research. Developed on the back of a recognised need for qualified geophysicists within industry, the scholarship will support a student as they are exposed to the theory and practice of modern geophysics. More information can be found here.

TotalEnergies E&P UK Scholarships

One of the largest energy operators in the UK and active in more than 130 countries, the scholarships from TotalEnergies E&P UK aim to help individuals acquire the skills that will play a key part in the energy transition. Two Masters scholarships are available for those undertaking either the MSc Energy Transition Systems and Technologies, the MSc Renewable Energy Engineering, or the MSc Data Science programmes. More information can be found here.

OPITO Piper Alpha Memorial Scholarship

Created by oil and gas skills organisation OPITO to provide a legacy for the victims of the Piper Alpha disaster, the MSc Safety Scholarship provides opportunity for students to study our safety programmes to ensure those responsible for taking the industry forward in the years to come are fully aware of the need for the highest levels of safety. More information can be found here.

RSK Geosciences Scholarship

Created by RSK Group, one of the world’s leading providers of health, safety and environmental services to organisations in the UK and overseas, the scholarship is open to applicants holding an offer of admission for the campus-based, one-year, full-time MSc Geophysics degree programme starting in September 2024. More information can be found here.

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