Energy, Water Minister Uzi Landau at press conference_390.
(photo credit: Gidon Sharon)
The Energy and Water Ministry will provide grants of up to NIS 60,000 per year
for students pursuing master’s or doctorate degrees in geology, geophysics of
fossil fuels and seismology, in an effort to incentivize more people to pursue
these fields professionally.
The scholarships are part of a program that
began last year, in which 38 undergraduate and master’s degree students received
NIS 2.6 million worth of grants for energy-related degree programs. According to
the ministry, the program is being launched in three stages: It first allocated
funds to students enrolled in bachelor’s and master’s degrees; in its second
stage it is now providing scholarships to those in master’s and doctoral degree
programs; and in the the third stage, it will finance doctoral and post-doctoral
students who are pursuing continuing education programs in laboratories
Among last year’s students, undergraduate students – studying
electrical engineering, specializing in strong current and high voltage –
received NIS 10,000 scholarships, while master’s degree students – studying
natural gas and petroleum engineering, energy engineering, energy policy and
energy economics – received NIS 50,000.
This year’s students, whose
applications for scholarships are due on September 2, will be master’s and
doctoral degree students studying earth sciences. These tracks include a thesis,
research or final project in the fields of geology, geophysics of fossil fuels
(oil and natural gas) and seismology, the ministry said.
challenges are facing the State of Israel,” Energy and Water Minister Uzi Landau
said. “A central and important part of our future lies in learning and research,
for which the ‘Jewish head’ is so favorably known.
“I believe that this
subject must receive an incentive,” he said. “In order to address some of these
challenges, the Energy and Water Ministry continues to support students and
grant scholarships on a scale never before seen in a government
The program aims to increase the number of energy degree
graduates in Israel in order to integrate them in the Israeli energy market,
which is growing at a rapid pace, according to the ministry. After the
first two stages are complete, the ministry intends to continue onto the third
step, which will provide grants to doctoral and postdoctoral students studying
science and engineering at leading universities outside Israel. As there
exists a shortage of academic personnel in Israel, this program would aim to
train young researchers so they can return and contribute to the Israeli energy
market, as well as develop these disciplines at Israel’s academic institutions,
the ministry said.
“As we all act to realize the potential, so too can we
promote the self-sufficiency of Israel and non-dependence on others,” Landau
More details about the application criteria are available on the