Denis Goldberg Scholarship

The Denis Goldberg Scholarship provides opportunities for post-graduate study in subjects related to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for students from emerging economies.The scholarship aims to enhance EGIS research and teaching direction through engagement with intellectual contributions from students from emerging economies.

DGS provides​ a Herriot Watt University (HWU) post-graduate masters degree accessed through HWU online platform. Recipients also have access to an in-country support network to connect students with access to international research and an industry network of application, implementation, and impact provided by Challenges Worldwide.​

Through the Denis Goldberg Scholarship Programme, the involved partners are working with young people from sub-Saharan Africa to reward scholarships for courses in their school EGIS. The scholars are also offered a parallel course alongside their academic studies, which links them to local professional networks of employers who can help support the online learning experience and build in-country expertise in sustainable development. 

 Our teams in Rwanda and Ghana deliver the program, and soon in Zambia to ensure the scholars’ progress onto rewarding careers and leadership roles in their chosen field of study in their country.  


  •  Increased opportunities for students from disadvantaged communities in Sub-Saharan Africa to undertake life-changing study at the Postgraduate level from the HWU School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) 
  • Enhanced Postgraduate Programmes of the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society by increasing diversity, perspective, and experience of all postgraduate students;  
  • Increased capacity in sub-Saharan countries through education and research on topics aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 


  • Higher Diploma in a related field.
  • Ability to complete Masters level academic work.
  • English as a first/spoken language.
  • Commitment to the program.
  • Evidence of passion and commitment to your sector.
  • Practical experience within the sector of study.


Heriot-Watt University – Heriot-Watt University will support postgraduate students from across Southern Africa to take up courses in the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS), and progress onto rewarding careers and leadership roles in the energy industry in Southern Africa.

The Challenges Group have supported the launch of the Denis Goldberg Scholarship, through the recruitment of 10 master’s scholars in Rwanda. Taking a proactive approach, they have identified and onboarded a high caliber of local talent. Challenges lead the development of the in-country network and building the professional capabilities of the scholars.

FAQs on the scholarship

  1. What is the application process? 

Follow the link on our website, answer the questions and upload your CV.

2. What are the requirements to be eligible for the scholarship?

  • Have a higher education diploma in a related field
  • Proof of involvement in the field professionally

3. What type of scholarship is the DGS scholarship? What does that imply?

When awarded the scholarship your tuition is fully funded and you will receive in-country support for your professional development

The Denis Goldberg Scholarship Experience

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We offer scholarships in both Ghana, Rwanda and Zambia