6th Ana Aguado Scholarship Award

Bernard Energy (BEA), the European Distribution System Operators’ Association (E.DSO), the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), the Union of the Electricity Industry – Eurelectric (Eurelectric) and the Florence School of Regulation (FSR) have the pleasure of announcing the call for the 6th Ana Aguado Scholarship Award.

Under this joint initiative, two student Scholarships are offered by the above-mentioned Partners for participation in theSummer School on Regulation of Energy Utilities held by the FSR from 4 to 8 July 2022 (dates to be confirmed). Depending on the evolution of the pandemic, the 2022 Summer School will either be organised as a 1-week residential course in Florence or as a 2- week online webinar series. .

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 2022 and July 2023.

Applications should be sent to claire.boutry@edsoforsmartgrids.eu by 28 February 2022 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: “Our economies must significantly reduce their GHG emissions over the next few decades to mitigate climate change. However, the implementation of the necessary policies often has important distributional implications. Please, provide a relevant example, highlighting who the winners and the losers are, why it is the case, and how the distributional effects can be realistically mitigated in order to avoid any political backlash.”
  • 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 the above-mentioned Partners will assess all applications received and select two candidates by 21 March 2022. The scholarships will be also officially announced during the Annual Sustainability Conference organised by the FSR in Florence, Italy on 23-24 June 2022, subject to the evolution of the epidemiological situation.


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 had been Secretary General at EDSO for Smart Grids from October 2014. Prior to joining E.DSO she has been 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 in 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 the future generations.