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IPE Pensions Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Fund

IPE established the IPE Pensions Scholarship Fund as a not-for-profit activity with the purpose of furthering pensions education and research across Europe, with a particular focus on higher education. The fund has been active since its launch in 2011 by making grants available to students undertaking graduate or post-graduate studies and research relating to pensions issues, usually at recognised universities or research bodies within Europe. To date the fund has made grants of nearly €30,000.

The fund has set up a Board comprising mainly external senior pensions experts, who advised by academics and others, reviews the applications from students and recommend those they consider most deserving to receive funding.

The grants or bursaries are up to a maximum amount of €5,000 each, but decisions as to the amount to be awarded in any individual case will be determined by the Board. The bursaries can be used for a wide variety purposes relating to the candidate’s research or programme of studies. Applications can be made for a specific amount such as to pay for research materials, survey costs for primary research, hardware or software, as well as for course or other fees at undergraduate or graduate level.

To apply for funding the Fund’s application form, which can be downloaded (see below) must be completed fully by the student or researcher and returned to the fund, when it will be considered by the Board and the candidate notified of the outcome. Successful candidates will be required to have their application supported/signed off by a member of the relevant academic staff of the university or institution providing the course or research facilities. All payments will be disbursed normally through the academic or research institution grants office or similar arrangement.

Pension Scholarship Fund Application Form

Scholarship Fund Board 
The role of the Board is to assess the applications received from students and decide which will be awarded funding and how much funding will be awarded in each case. The Board’s decision will be final in all cases. The Board will be able to access external advice in connection with fulfilling this role. The three external pensions experts on the Board are: Chris Verhaegen, Former Chair of the Occupational Pensions Stakeholders Group at EIOPA and former Secretary General of the European Federation for Retirement Provision in Brussels, Peter Borgdorff, Executive Director of Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn in the Netherlands, and Peter Melchior, former Executive Director/Actuary of PKA in Copenhagen. Founding IPE Editor and Director Fennell Betson will represent IPE as chair of the Board.

The fund’s academic adviser is Diego Valero, who is Professor at the University of Barcelona and Academic Director of the LSE-Global Pensions Programme. He is chairperson of Novaster, a major Spanish pensions consultancy. He is also a full member of the IPE Scholarship Fund Board.

Successful candidates
The fund made its first award in 2012 to Zorka Simon, a PhD student in finance at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Her field of study was the pricing of index-linked bonds relative to nominal government bonds, which gives insight into real interest rates and inflation expectations, both of great importance to the world of pension funds.

In 2013, the fund awarded a full scholarship to Bruno Bonizzi, a PhD student in Economics at the School for Oriental and African Studies, part of London University. His research and focus of his dissertation was to analyse the issue of capital flows to emerging markets from the perspective of pension funds.

In 2015, Wiebeke Eberhardt, a PhD candidate at Maastricht University obtained a full award to cover the costs of a field survey among 7,000 defined contribution(DC) pension plan participants in the Netherlands, plus other costs.

A full grant was made, also in 2015, to Humberto Godínez-Olivares, who is a PhD candidate at The University of Liverpool undertaking research into Pay-As-You-Go pension systems, with special attention into automatic balancing mechanisms within public pension provision.  

In 2016, a full scholarship of €5,000 was made to Elizabeth Harnett, a PhD candidate at Oxford University. Her research for her thesis is on increasing the understanding of the information and communication channels pension funds find useful and important in translating climate change science in to actionable knowledge.

A grant of €2,000 was made to Ellen Dingemans to assist with her post-doctoral research at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI-KNAW) and the University Medical Center Gronigen (UMCG-RUG).

Our most recent award was of €5,000 to Seda Peksevim, a PhD student at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul; she is also a researcher at Center for Applied Research in Finance (CARF). Her research is on designing a new life-cycle investing model for pension funds in emerging markets.

The publicity resources of IPE and its extensive online and mailing databases are used to attract applications for scholarships. The fund has built up contacts with universities and other academic bodies active in the pensions arena to obtain their support in encouraging students to apply.

For further information, please contact:

Fennell Betson
Founding Editor IPE
+44 (0)20 3465 9325 

We list below the pension funds which have contributed to the IPE Pensions Scholarship Fund:

Allianz Pensionskasse Austria
APK Pensionskasse AG Austria
Bonus Pensionskassen AG Austria
OFID Austria
ORF - Oesterreichischer Rundfunk Austria
Porsche Corporate Finance GmbH Austria
Valida Holding AG Austria
VBV-Pensionskasse AG Austria
Victoria - Volksbanken Pensionskassen Austria
World Bank Austria
Agfa Gevaert Belgium
ASBL - MEPs Pension Fund Belgium
Belgacom Pension Fund Belgium
Compagnie de Saint-Gobain Belgium
GDF Suez Belgium
Janssen Pharmaceutica NV Belgium
Pensioenfonds KBC OFP Belgium
Pensioenfonds Metaal OFP Belgium
Pensionfund Metaalworkers Belgium
VRT Pensioenfonds Belgium
Allianz ZB Croatia
PBZ Croatia Osiguranjefor Compulsory FM Croatia
Raiffeisen Mandatory Pension Fund Croatia
Hotel Employees Provident Fund Cyprus
ING Penzijni Fond Czech Republic
Penzijni Fond KB Czech Republic
AP Pension Denmark
BankPension Denmark
Danske Shell Denmark
Laerernes Pension Denmark
Nordea Life & Pensions Denmark
PenSam Denmark
PensionDanmark Denmark
PFA Pension Denmark
PKA Pensionskassernes Administration Denmark
Unipension Denmark
VKR Holding Denmark
ABB Elakesaatio Finland
Etera Mutual Pension Insurance Company Finland
Kesko Corporation Finland
Maataloustuottajain Elakesaatio Finland
Nordea Pension Fund Finland
Pension - Fennia Finland
Rautaruukki Oyj Finland
Soneran Elakesaatio Finland
Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company Finland
Veritas Pension Insurance Finland
Yleisradion Elakesaatio Finland
Caisse d’Epargne de Midi-Pyrenees France
CEMP France
Ecureuil Protection Sociale - EPS France
EDF - Electricite de France France
ERAFP France
Fonds de Reserve pour les Retraites France
Groupe Malakoff Mederic France
Novalis-Taitbout France
RSI-Caisse Notaire du Regime Sociale France
Sanofi-Aventis France
Total SA France
UMR - Corem France
ABB AG Germany
Allianz Germany
Allianz Global Investors Germany
BASF SE Germany
BBBank Germany
Beiersdorf AG Germany
BG RCI Germany
Bilfinger Berger AG Germany
BMW AG Germany
Deutsche Post AG Germany
DZ Bank AG Germany
E.ONAG Germany
EADS Deutschland GmbH Germany
EnBW - Energie Baden Wuerttemberg AG Germany
European Patent Organisation Germany
Henkel Germany
IBM Deutschland Pensionkasse VVaG Germany
Infineon Technologies AG Germany
Linde AG Germany
Lufthansa A.G. Germany
Merck KGaA Germany
Nestle Deutschland AG Germany
Neuapostolische Kirche Nordrhein Westfalen Germany
Norddeutsche Kirchliche Versorgungskasse fuer Pfarrer und Kirchenbeamte Germany
Pensionskasse Berolina VVaG Germany
Rechtsanswaeltsversorgung Niedersachsen Germany
Reserve Funds for Pensions & Social Security Germany
Siemens KaG Germany
Sparkassen Pensions Management Germany
SV Sparkassen-Versicherung Germany
Vodafone Pension Trust ev Germany
Wacker-Chemie Pension Fund Germany
WPV Germany
Almenni Pension Fund Iceland
Lifeyrissjodur Starfsm. Sveitarfelaga Iceland
Arnotts Ltd Ireland
Construction Workers’ PensionScheme Ireland
Coras Iompair Eireann Ireland
CRH plc Ireland
Eircom Ireland
KBC Bank Ireland plc Ireland
Allianz / AMI Milano Italy
CNPR - Cassa Ragionerie Periti Commericali Italy
Fon.Te Italy
Fondazione Roma Italy
Fondenergia Italy
Fondo Pensione Banca di Roma Italy
Fondo Pensione Eurofer Italy
Fondo Pensione Pegaso Italy
Fondo Pensione per ilPersonale Italy
Fondo Pensione Previcooper Italy
Intesa Sanpaolo Previdenza SIM Italy
Laborfonds Italy
Pensplan Invest SGR Italy
United Nations Food & Agriculture Org. Italy
First Closed Pension Fund Latvia
GE Money Open Pension Fund Latvia
SEB Open Pension Fund Latvia
Swedbank Open Pension Fund Latvia
LV 1871 Pensionsfonds AG Liechtenstein
MP Pension Funds Baltic Lithuania
SEB Asset Management Lithuania
Aker Pensjonskasse Norway
IBM Konsern Pensjonskasse Norway
Norfund Norway
Norsk Hydro ASA Norway
Norske Shell Norway
Pension Forsikring Norway
IGFCSS IP Portugal
Pensoesgere Portugal
SGF - Sociedade Gestora de Fundos de Pensoes Portugal
Alico Pensions Romania Romania
Eureko Pensions Romania
Fonditel Pensiones Spain
Geroa Pentsioak EPSV Spain
Alecta Sweden
AP Fonden 1 Sweden
AP Fonden 3 Sweden
Apoteket AB:s Pensionsstiftelse Sweden
Church of Sweden Sweden
Kapan Pensioner Sweden
Landstinget Gavleborg Sweden
PP Pension Sweden
Praktikertjanst ABs Pensionsstiftelse Sweden
SPP Sweden
Lansforsakringar AB Sweden
Adimmo AG Switzerland
BLPK - Basellandschaftliche Pensionskasse Switzerland
Caisse de pension des societes Hewlett-Packard en Suisse Switzerland
Cassa Pension Cantone Ticcino Switzerland
Fondation de prevoyance Edipresse Switzerland
Fonds de Compensation AVS Switzerland
JT International SA Switzerland
Leica GEO Systems Switzerland
Loeb AG Pensionskasse Switzerland
Mercer Schweiz Switzerland
Migros-Pensionskasse Switzerland
Nestec Ltd. Switzerland
Pensionskasse SBB Switzerland
Pensionskassen der EDS-Gruppe Switzerland
Personalvorsorgekasse der Stadt Bern Switzerland
SEFAR Switzerland
Siemens Schweiz AG Switzerland
SUVA Switzerland
VSAO Selbstaendigerwerbende Switzerland
ZKB Switzerland
Zurich Invest Switzerland
Ahold Pensioenfonds The Netherlands
Anthos Asset Management BV The Netherlands
APG Asset Management The Netherlands
Arcadis Pensioen Funds The Netherlands
Asset Advisors The Netherlands
Blue Sky Group The Netherlands
Campagne St. Psf. The Netherlands
CSM Pensioenfonds The Netherlands
De EendragtPensioen The Netherlands
DHL Express NL The Netherlands
DSM Pension Services The Netherlands
ExxonMobil The Netherlands
KPMG The Netherlands
Le Beau Pensioen Consult The Netherlands
Loyalis The Netherlands
Mars Nederland BV The Netherlands
Media Pensioen Diensten The Netherlands
Nedlloyd Pension Fund The Netherlands
Nielsen The Netherlands
Pensioenfonds CSM Suiker The Netherlands
Pensioenfonds Horeca & Catering The Netherlands
Pensioenfonds UWV The Netherlands
Pensioenfonds Vervoer The Netherlands
Pensioenfonds Zorg & Welzin The Netherlands
PMA The Netherlands
PMT - Pensioenfonds Metaal & Techniek The Netherlands
SAMCO The Netherlands
Shell Asset Management The Netherlands
St Pensioenfonds SABIC Innovative Plastics The Netherlands
Stichting Chevron Pensioenfonds The Netherlands
Stichting Penioenfonds Xerox The Netherlands
Stichting Pensioenfonds Holland Casino The Netherlands
Stichting Pensioenfonds IBM Nederland The Netherlands
Stichting Pensioenfonds Imbech The Netherlands
Stichting Pensioenfonds Vopak The Netherlands
Syntrus Achmea Asset Management The Netherlands
Van Nunen & Partners The Netherlands
Waterbouw St. Psf. The Netherlands
Wenting - Advies Bestuur Toezicht The Netherlands
Accenture UK
Alexander Forbes UK
Audit Commission Pension Scheme UK
BA Pension Investment Mgmt Ltd UK
Barnett Waddingham UK
Bedfordshire Pension Fund UK
BMW UK Pensions Services Ltd UK
BOC Group Ltd UK
BP Pension Trustees UK
Centrica UK
Civil Aviation Authority Pension Scheme UK
Coal Pension Trustees Services Ltd UK
Colliery Managers UK
Dundee City Council UK
Hermes Fund Managers UK
Hunter Douglas NV UK
Kingfisher Pension Scheme UK
Lancashire Pensions Committee - LGPS UK
Lloyd’s Register Investment Committee UK
Lloyds TSB Group Pension Schemes UK
London Borough of Hounslow UK
London Pensions Fund Authority UK
Merseyside Pension Fund UK
Pension Protection Fund UK
Powell Duffryn Ltd UK
Punter Southall UK
Rio Tinto UK
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea UK
Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead UK
SAUL Trustee Company UK
Stagecoach Group UK
Trafalgar House Pensions Administration UK
West Midlands Pension Fund UK
West Yorkshire Pension Fund UK
Wilton Associates UK