The evaluation of the applications received from former UNU Fellows for UNU-GTP Fellowships for MSc and PhD studies in Iceland has now been carried out. There were 12 valid applications for MSc studies and 5 for the PhD studies, which shows good interest for geothermal studies in Iceland.
The number of Fellowships that the UNU-GTP could award this year was 5 full MSc Fellowships and 1 PhD Fellowship.
The decision on whom to award the MSc and PhD Fellowships was, as always, a tough one with many excellent applications sent in. The final results were influenced by various factors. The main selection criteria are based on the individualĺs performance during their 6 month training in Iceland (i.e. overall progress, final report, supervisorĺs recommendation etc.); their general academic career, the needs for higher training in the home country; availability in the chosen field of study at UI or RU; and gender balance.
The selected ones, who have been offered a UNU-GTP fellowship to start their studies in late July/August 2017 are the following:
Diego Badilla, Costa Rica, in Geophysics (UI)
Getenesh Hailegiorgis Abebe, Ethiopia, ináGeophysics (UI)
Pham Dieu Linh, Vietnam, Geochemistry (UI)
Chagaka John Kalimbia, Tanzania, in Geothermal Engineering (RU)
Winnie Adhiambo Apiyo, Kenya, Geothermal Engineering (RU)
Geoffrey Mibei, Kenya, in Geology/Volcanology (UI)
Finally, we would like to draw attention to the fact that each application is valid for two consecutive years, i.e. the applications submitted for 2017 will also be considered in 2018, while applications submitted in 2016 are no longer valid, and need to be renewed if they are to be reconsidered.