Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
474. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the scholarship schemes operated by his Department; the criteria for award; the amount of the award; the number of awardees for the dates for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9120/19]
The scholarship schemes operated by my Department are set out in the following table:
|Scholarship Scheme||Criteria for award||Amount of award €||Number of awardees for dates which figures are available|
|Petroleum Scholarship Scheme.|
The scheme’s objective is to ensure a potential pool of qualified graduates with specialist qualifications of direct applicability to the offshore oil and gas sector in Ireland.
|Applications under the Petroleum Scholarship Scheme are accepted from persons who have been accepted on a one year taught MSc degree course, in geoscience, petroleum engineering or environmental science topics of direct relevance to the development of Ireland’s petroleum resources|
In selecting the successful applicants, consideration is given to:
- the direct relevance of the course to the development of Ireland’s petroleum resources; and
- the applicant’s academic achievements and relevant experience.
|The level of support offered per scholarship is up to a maximum of €12,000 of necessary course related costs e.g. university tuition fees, fieldwork, travel and consumables.|
Funding for the scheme comes from the Petroleum Infrastructure Programme - Expanded Offshore Support Group which is supported by mandatory contributions from companies holding a Frontier Exploration Licence in the Irish Offshore.
No exchequer funding is involved.