Alumni & Friends Merit Award

What is the Alumni & Friends Merit Award?

  • A merit-based tuition waiver for study in the Barcelona GSE Master's programs
  • Awarded annually beginning in the 2020-21 academic year
  • Contributors can participate in the selection of the recipient
  • Barcelona GSE will match the amount donated

Each year, the Barcelona GSE awards around 800,000€ in merit-based financial aid to Master's students. On average, 36% of matriculated students in the cohort receive full or partial financial aid. This funding comes from generous public and private sponsors and from the Barcelona GSE's own funds. The Barcelona GSE Alumni & Friends Merit Award is one of many initiatives we are working on to offer funding to as many talented candidates as possible.

Ways to donate to the Merit Award

  • Direct donations through the online platform
  • Purchase of items in the Barcelona GSE online shop (1€ from every purchase goes to the Merit Award)
  • Purchase of tickets to some Barcelona GSE community events

For more donation options such as wire transfer, planned giving, or partnership opportunities for companies, please contact us: meritaward@barcelonagse.eu

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Tax deductible donations

In Spain, donations to the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics qualify for tax deductions under article 16 of Law 49/2002, of 23 December, on the tax regime for non-profit organizations and tax incentives for patronage.

Donations may be tax-deductible in other countries. All donors will receive a receipt that can be used for tax purposes.

Selection of the Merit Award recipient

The Merit Award is the first initiative that will allow Barcelona GSE Alumni and other members of our community to play a role in shaping the next cohort of Master's students. Every direct donor will have the opportunity to volunteer to be part of the Merit Award selection committee.

When accepting the award, the recipient will have some obligations to the Barcelona GSE community, including a requirement to provide occasional updates to Merit Award donors regarding his/her progress in the Master's program.

Download full details of the selection process

Thank you to all Alumni & Friends Merit Award donors!

  • Names of contributors will be listed here

We have also received XX anonymous donations.

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Why do alumni give to the Merit Award?

"For anyone who found studying at the Barcelona GSE a valuable experience, the new Merit Award is an excellent way to give that same opportunity to others. Now Alumni can actively contribute in the selection and support of incoming talent in our community. I am delighted that the Barcelona GSE has made this happen!"

Ilaria Vigo '16
Economics of Public Policy Program
Environmental Economist, Barcelona Supercomputing Center

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"Great way to attract smart students!"

"The Merit Award is a great initiative! I would not have chosen Barcelona GSE if I did not receive some sort of funding or scholarship. Great way to attract smart students! :) I fully support the initiative."

Jebb Peria '10
Finance Program
Associate, EV Private Equity (Norway)

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