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Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Overseas Postgraduate Masters Scholarship Scheme 2024

The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) is a Federal Government agency that is responsible for developing indigenous human capacity and petroleum technology to meet the needs of the oil and gas industry. The PTDF invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for the Overseas MSc and PhD scholarships to specific programmes at selected institutions under its PTDF Overseas Scholarship Scheme for the 2024/2025 academic session.

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The scholarship scheme was developed to offer candidates an opportunity to benefit from a diversified pool of knowledge and the facilities offered by world-class institutions across the globe. Candidates are invited to apply through PTDF to specific programmes at partner institutions.

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The award includes the provision of flight tickets, payment of health insurance, payment of tuition and bench fees (where applicable), and the provision of allowances to meet the costs of accommodation and living expenses.

For the 2024/2025 award, applications will be limited to PTDF partner universities in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Malaysia, where the Fund is certain that the scholarship’s high standards can be maintained, and the objectives of the scheme will be best served.

To be eligible for the PTDF MSc scholarship, applicants must have a minimum of Second Class Upper (2.1) qualification in their first degree or a Second Class Lower (2.2) with relevant industry experience. Applicants must also have completed the mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC), possess 5 O/level credits, including English Language and Mathematics, and be computer literate. They must also submit a statement of purpose (maximum 500 words), stating the reason(s) for the proposed study, its relevance to the industry, and its expected impact on national development.

PTDF scholarships are highly competitive, and only candidates who are outstanding across the board are selected. Based on the submitted qualifications, the top applicants for each category from each state will be invited for an interview where a selection committee will be constituted to assess applications using the following criteria: academic merit as evidenced by the quality of degrees, full academic transcripts, and other professional qualifications acquired; relevant publications to be referenced by applicant (PhD applicants only); membership of professional bodies; the viability and relevance of the study/research plan; and relevance of previous studies to the oil and gas industry and the proposed course/research.

Interested candidates should visit the PTDF scholarship portal (scholarship.ptdf.gov.ng) for a full list of sponsored courses and to apply. The application deadline is March 18, 2024. Candidates who have been sponsored by the Fund for a scholarship category (MSc/PhD) are ineligible to make another application for the same category. Candidates who successfully scale through the first round of screening will be requested to attend the interview with their transcripts; all applicants are therefore advised to prepare their transcripts in anticipation.

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