Applications now open for the Niamh Burke Renewable Energy bursary 2022
The bursary was established in memory of former Arthur Cox partner Niamh Burke who played a significant role in the Irish wind energy sector.
The bursary is open to all those who are planning to study in a field related to renewable energy in Ireland, at postgraduate level. All relevant disciplines are open for application: law, economics, engineering, modelling, policy and others.
Launched in 2020, the bursary will run each academic year until 2024. It is funded by Arthur Cox and Niamh’s family, to offer opportunities to a new generation of renewable energy experts, and is administered by Wind Energy Ireland. It has already helped four young people with their studies (two in 2020 and two in 2021).
Niamh made a hugely impressive mark on the industry and this bursary aims to foster and support further ambition in this sector. Over a 20-year career Niamh advised on some of Ireland’s largest energy, infrastructure and construction projects.
Alex McLean, Head of Energy, Renewables & Natural Resources at Arthur Cox said:
“Niamh played a pivotal role in the development of the Irish wind energy sector and we are delighted to provide this bursary in her name to support the next generation of industry talent, who are working towards renewable energy solutions that will help in delivering the energy transition and building a climate resilient society.”
Dave Linehan, Head of Research at Wind Energy Ireland said: “This is a very exciting opportunity. Renewable energy is our single most important tool to tackle climate change. This bursary supports work in this area and we are excited to see what this year’s applicants have planned.”
Last year’s winners
The two successful applicants for the 2021 bursary were Laura Nagle and Criodán Ó Murchú.
Laura from Dublin applied for the bursary to assist in a Master’s Degree in Energy Systems Engineering in University College Dublin.
Criodán Ó Murchú from Mullingar, Co Westmeath applied for assistance with a Masters in Environmental Science at Trinity College Dublin.
Link to the bursary application form is here – closing date is Friday 25th March 2022.