International blockchain studio ConsenSys, who established a Dublin office earlier this year, have announced Ireland's first blockchain scholarship, intended to help Master Level Computer Science students to pursue a career in blockchain.

ConsenSys, who manage a €50M Euro global blockchain venture fund, have created the scholarship programme with a trio of Ireland’s leading universitiesUniversity College Dublin, Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin  The scholarship will award three Master level, Computer Science students, one from each university, with a €3,000 contribution towards the cost of their academic journey, while giving students access to ConsenSys' dedicated education arm, ConsenSys Academy.

The Scholarship Programme is the brainchild of ConsenSys analyst Kean Gilbert, and was created by the company's Dublin Innovation Studio, with a €50,000 fund aimed at growing the Blockchain ecosystem in Ireland, the first of its kind in the country.

We talked to Kean Gilbert about the programme.

Tell us about your own blockchain journey...

My blockchain journey begin in 2016 when I was a masters student in the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. A key part of my Management Consultancy degree was gaining real-world experience with a corporate client. By chance, my client had recently launched Ireland’s first Blockchain Lab and Technology Centre. This opportunity to work with blockchain developers and business strategists gave me a concrete understanding of what this disruptive technology was capable of, and the potential it had to revolutionise industries. Following this, I joined ConsenSys as a Business Analyst, and helped launch its Dublin Innovation Studio.

The programme was created to support developers through their academic journey, and encourage talented masters students to pursue a career in the Ethereum Blockchain ecosystem. The Scholarship Programme was created by the ConsenSys Dublin Innovation Studio, with a €50,000 fund aimed at growing the Blockchain ecosystem in Ireland. This Blockchain Scholarship is the first of its kind in Ireland, and for ConsenSys at a global level. The Scholarship Programme further highlights our commitment and belief that Ireland is home to world-leading developers and academic institutions.

Why did you create this scholarship?

I was extremely fortunate to be awarded my own scholarship to attend the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Receiving an ASPIRE Scholarship was a life-changing moment, and has given me opportunities and a network far beyond what I could have ever imagined. The scholarship was far more than just the financial reward. Having someone believe in you, and invest in your future is a very powerful motivator, and something I always wanted to do for others. When I was given the opportunity by ConsenSys to make a real impact, I took it! The €50,000 fund will hopefully allow us to change the lives of students who we believe show that same drive and ambition to succeed.

The Scholarship will open September 20th and closing date for applications will be October 19th - find out more here.