the denis goldberg scholarship


Remote MSc Scholarships at Heriot Watt University with in-person support, networking opportunities and sector-specific skills development training.

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"We are witnessing an immense human capital being wasted day by day, despite the huge contribution it could provide to Africa's energy efforts."

Roberto Vigotti

Secretary General, RES4Africa Foundation

With a young and growing workforce, Africa could hold many answers to some of the planet’s most burgeoning environmental problems. But there’s a problem. Education. Not enough workers are coming out of higher education with the skills needed to drive change and development.

Closing this skills gap is crucial for promoting sustainable energy growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Denis Goldberg Scholarship (DGS) can be a solution.

DGS is a partnership between Heriot Watt University in the UK and the Challenges Group. It provides partially funded remote MSc degrees in Renewable Energy Development and Renewable Energy Engineering at Heriot Watt, plus intensive networking, support and skills training delivered locally in each country by the Challenges Group.

"I have been fortunate to witness first-hand the impact that DGS has on scholars. They become more confident, knowledgeable and exposed, which is essential to our work environment."

Jean Claude Daddy Sekanyambo

Business Development Manager, Solektra, Rwanda


High Potential Employees

Scholars become more confident, connected and capable of leading high impact renewable energy projects.

Ambitious Organisations

Better retention and development of high potential staff, plus less the need to hire expensive external consultants.

Heriot Watt University

Enhanced PG programmes through greater diversity, perspective, and experience among postgraduate students

DGS Impact


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Believe the DGS model makes them more likely to succeed academically and professionally.

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What our Scholars Say

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I am elated to be able to pursue studies at Heriot Watt, which is allowing me to refresh my mind and gain new knowledge in various ways, without having to leave my job.

Diane Dusabe

Stuctural Engineer

East African Power, Rwanda

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As a DGS scholar, I have the chance to study while still working, which is a considerable advantage, and to create professional connections with my peers in my cohort.

Justine Ishimwe,

Stuctural Engineer

East African Power, Rwanda

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I have made many new friends, including students, lecturers and industry experts, from Heriot Watt University, Africa, Zambia, and globally thanks to being a part of DGS.

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What Next


Employer organisations wishing to recommend employees for DGS can do so from 16 June 2023. The deadline for recommendations is 15 September 2023. Click the button below for more information and how to apply.

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If you are a current employee interested in becoming a Denis Goldberg Scholar, you should first speak to your employer and have then speak to a member of our team. If you are unemployed or self-employed, you may be able to apply without organisational support.


If you wish to support us to offer more places to talented young employees in the renewable energy sector, you can get in touch by connecting with us on our LinkedIn page.

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If you would like to connect with us to ask questions or feature a story on DGS, please click the button below and get in touch through our LinkedIn page.

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