7th Ana Aguado Scholarship Launch

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Ana Aguado

The Union of the Electricity Industry - Eurelectric (Eurelectric), the European Distribution System Operators’ Association (E.DSO), the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the Florence School of Regulation (FSR) have the pleasure of announcing the call for the 7th Ana Aguado Scholarship Award.  

Under this joint initiative, two student Scholarships are offered for participation in the Summer School on Regulation of Energy Utilities held by the FSR in Florence from 3 to 7 July 2023 (more information here).  

The Partners will allocate five other candidates ranked after the two winners with the opportunity to attend for free one FSR online community training courses of their choice. These five free seats will be valid for courses starting between April 2023 and July 2024. 

Applications should be sent to tiffany.jordan@edsoforsmartgrids.eu by 10 March 2023 midnight (24H00 CET) and include the following documents in English (format and maximum length of the documents must be respected to be taken into consideration): 

  • A Motivation Letter (max. 2500 characters, spaces included, written and sent in Word or OpenOffice) explaining the reasons for your interest and the role this course could represent for your educational and professional life; 
  • A Short Essay (max. 4000 characters, spaces included, written and sent in Word or OpenOffice) on the following topic: Energy prices have skyrocketed since mid-2021. Governments in Europe and beyond have mostly come to the rescue of their energy consumers by introducing emergency measures and allocating billions of euros. Please, illustrate briefly one of the measures adopted by a country of your choice to protect consumers, and discuss critically their possible disadvantages. 
  • A concise Curriculum Vitae (2 pages max). 

Please note that any candidate not respecting the maximum length of the Motivation Letter or the Short Essay will be excluded from the selection process. 

Candidates should meet all of the following criteria. If just one of the criteria is not met, candidates will equally not be considered as eligible: 

  • Ongoing or completed university education at Master’s Level in Economics, Engineering, European/International policy/relations/law or similar; 
  • Proven interest in the energy sector and familiarity with energy policy issues;  
  • Fluent in English (the FSR course will be taught in English);  
  • Not more than 3 years’ work or research experience in the energy sector. 

A Committee composed of representatives from partners will assess all applications received and select two candidates by 7 April 2023. The two Scholarship winners will be also invited to join the InnoGrid conference organised by E.DSO and ENTSO-E in Brussels in June 2023 for the winners public announcement.  

Who was Ana Aguado? 

Ana Aguado was a lawyer and a professional holding major positions in the energy sector for the last twenty years. She passed away on 7 October 2016.  

Ana was Secretary General at EDSO for Smart Grids from October 2014. Prior to joining E.DSO she was CEO of the Friends of the Supergrid and held positions in the European University Institute as Special Advisor to the Communications and Public Relations Unit; in ETSO, the European Association of Transmission System Operators (predecessor of ENTSO-E) as Secretary General, in Eurelectric as Head of Unit for regulation and at the European Commission.  

Ana was a passionate and enthusiastic person always on the front line for all major struggles in the energy sector. During her career, she was very attentive to students’ requests and needs, strongly believing in the importance of education for future generations.