the denis goldberg scholarship


The Denis Goldberg Scholarship helps employees working in the renewable energy sector the knowledge, confidence, independence, resilience and networks to drive forward high-impact projects


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"With the knowledge I acquired from the Economics of Renewable Energy course, I was able to redesign and re-think our product supply chain model and led my team to develop robust unit economics for our production process. In the end, I helped my teammates become more confident and took control over certain production metrics we have long been struggling with as a business."

Anonymous DGS Scholar

First Things First

Unlike most scholarships, we do not run an open application process. Instead, since your employer will have a responsibility to support your participation financially and practically, they should first recommends you.

If you think DGS would be a good fit for the needs of you and your company, we recommend that you speak to your manager asap and put them in contact with a member of the DGS team. The organisation page explains DGS better.

To have a chance of joining our January 2024 cohort, we must have received a recommendation by your company by 15 September 2023, although the earlier the better.

If you run your own enterprise, it may still be possible for you to take part. Keep reading to learn more about DGS and get in touch.

Who is Eligible?

DGS is a very competitive programme. In order to have a chance of being considered, keep in mind our criteria.

The strongest candidates for DGS will be those who:

  • Have a relevant undergraduate degree.
  • Obtained a minimum of a 2.2. grade in the degree.
  • Have between 1-4 years relevant work experience
  • Have a clear commitment and passion for increasing access to renewable energy.
  • Have a high level of English language fluency.
  • Can commit to finding 15 hours per week over the duration of the programme for academic work.
  • Wish to be an active part of an interactive cohort.

If you do not meet these criteria, then DGS is probably not the right option for you.

Want to Know More?

If you are eligible to apply, you should still be clear on what DGS would mean for you and your organisation before you approach them.

Explore the links on the right to understand what DGS could mean for you on an academic, personal and professional level. If you contact us with questions, we will first check if you have read these.

Once you have an initial understanding, you are welcome to get in touch with the Programme Coordinator in your country for an initiial chat.

Find out who the Programme Coordinator for your country is and get in touch.

View the details of the MSc Renewable and Sustainable Energy Transition programme

View the details of the MSc Renewable Energy Engineering programme

Read our Impact Report to see if our goals align with your own.

Read through the frequently asked questions by applicants.

What Happens after being Recommended?

After speaking to your company and receiving their recommendation, we will reach out to you to invite you to an online information session.

After the session, you will receive a link to our online application form. The deadline to complete this will be 15 October 2024.

Our Programme Coordinators will help you understand what we are looking for in this form. Our advice to you is to take your time and put care and attention into your writing. This is your opportunity to sell yourself.

Internet or Laptop Issues?

If you feel that it will be difficult to access reliable internet, a suitable laptop or a quiet space to make your application, we may be able to grant you access to the Challenges Group offices and a laptop to use while on site.

Contact your Programme Coordinator for more details.

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Does your Country not Appear?

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We are open to discussions around offering DGS in other countries in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. Click below to get in touch and start the conversation.

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Frequently Asked Questions


DGS covers the majority of tuition fee costs, a comprehensive Management Fast-Track Pathway aimed at giving you the skills and confidence to grow in your sector, various networking opportunities and a dedicated in-country support network.

is there any cost to me?

DGS Scholars contribute a small percentage (£750) of the total costs as a commitment to the Programme and their own professional development. This is based on extensive research showing that Scholar investment improves results, retention and the willingness of participants to hold us to account in terms of the value and quality we offer.


You can make this payment at once, or in two installments. The initial payment must be made before the start of the degree. The second, if relevant, will be required after 3 months on the programme.


Scholar contributions are used by DGS to directly impact the Scholar experience and support Programme enhancements that would not normally be covered. For example, we are currently utilising Scholar contributions to purchase a shared pool of laptops, conference visits and speaker fees. These would not have been possible otherwise as they are beyond the scope of our current funding.


DGS aims to approach enterprises first so that they can recommend promising candidates to us. If you have come across DGS and wish to apply, you should put us in contact with your employer. Once contact has been made, you should attend an initial info session and then, if you wish to proceed, apply to our online platform. This is covered in more detail above.

WHY do I apply to challenges before the university?

Heriot Watt requite DGS Scholars to have been accepted first by Challenges so that they can have the highest level of confidence in their suitability for the Programme. The University will require two references to accept you formally on to the degree. One will be the employer reference that you submitted as part of your application to us. The other will be a reference from us that we will provide to successful candidates.

WHEN ARE THE APPLICAtion deadlines?

The deadline for applicants to apply to Challenges will be 15 October 2023. This assumes that the recommendation from your organisation is received by 15 September 2023. If accepted, you will then need to apply to Heriot Watt University by the end of November.

WHEN DOES THE MSC programme start?

Teaching starts on 8 January 2024.

how difficult is the PROGRAMME?

Completing an MSc. degree will be very challenging, even when done part time. You should expect to be committing at least 10-15 hours per week on study during term time, as well as perhaps 10 hours per month on professional development. You should consider carefully how you will manage your time, energy and other professionala nd personal commitments over the duration of the Programme.


A key element of DGS is that you will complete it in a cohort, supported by your peers. Any decision to change the length of the degree will need extensive discussion and the full agreement of the group. We believe that completing in 2.5 years will give you the best chance to make the most of the opportunities offered both academically and professionally, without being put under excessive time pressure.


The aim of the DGS Scholarship is to support Scholars to apply the new knowledge, skills and confidence gained during the degree and professional development workshops to their current environment, so that they can grow to become managers and leaders. Therefore, while there will be no requirement from us for you to stay within your company if you wish to move on, and many of things you will learn are transferable to various scenarios, we will be looking for evidence of commitment during the application phase and we are not here to directly support your applications or business design.


Your career is your own and we will not stand in your way. The main thing to consider in relation to your Scholarship is whether your new employer is willing to support your continued study and meet the costs associated with the Professional Investment Commitment that was being covered by your previous organisation. You will be expected to speak to us in advance if you are intending to change employment/.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I Move countries?

We recognise that it is possible that you will choose or be required to move countries during the course of the degree programme. It is imperative that you discuss this with us in advance so we can understand together how it will affect your participation on the programme. The key here will be communication. If we are consulted, the chances are that we will find a solution. If you move countries without telling us, this may be a breach of your scholarship agreement.

WHAT IF me or my company can no longer cover the commitment?

We have intentionally kept the financial commitment as low as possible for enterprises and Scholars. If, for some reason, it may become impossible to continue as agreed, then we will examine the case on its merits and explore the possible solutions. The best chance of being able to continue in such a scenario is to communicate the issue to us early to give us the best chance to come up with a mutually agreeable solution. Please note that we are not able to guarantee the continuation of the Scholarship in the event of non-payment, although we will always do our best to find a solution before this point.