Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Overseas Scholarship 2024/2025

The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), a Federal Government entity dedicated to fostering indigenous expertise and advancing petroleum technology to cater to the requirements of the oil and gas sector, is soliciting applications from eligible individuals for its Overseas MSc and PhD scholarship program.

Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Overseas Scholarship

This initiative is directed at specific courses offered by chosen universities under the PTDF’s International Scholarship Framework for the academic year 2024/2025.

Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Overseas Scholarship

The framework is designed to provide scholars with the opportunity to tap into a rich variety of knowledge resources and to utilize the top-tier facilities provided by distinguished educational institutions around the world. Prospective scholars are encouraged to apply directly to targeted programs at affiliated universities through the PTDF. The scholarship package is comprehensive, encompassing flight tickets, health insurance coverage, tuition and bench fee payments (if applicable), and stipends to cover accommodation and living expenses.

For the 2024/2025 academic session, applications will be confined to PTDF’s partner universities in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Malaysia. These institutions have been selected based on their ability to uphold the high standards of the scholarship and to ensure that the program’s objectives are optimally achieved.

Eligibility Criteria

MSc Requirements

  • Applicants must hold a first degree with a minimum classification of Second Class Upper (2.1), or a Second Class Lower (2.2) coupled with substantial industry experience that is pertinent to the field.
  • Completion of the compulsory National Youth Service (NYSC) is a prerequisite for eligibility.
  • Proficiency in using computers is an essential requirement.
  • A minimum of five O/Level credits, inclusive of English Language and Mathematics, is necessary.
  • A concise statement of purpose, not exceeding 500 words, is required. This should articulate the rationale behind the intended study, its significance for the industry, and the anticipated contributions to national progress.
  • All applicants must possess a National Identity Number (NIN). Verification of this number, for which there may be associated charges from the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), is obligatory before submitting a scholarship application.

PhD Requirements

  • Applicants are required to have successfully fulfilled the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) obligation.
  • Proficiency in computer usage is an essential criterion.
  • A minimum of five credits at the Ordinary Level, with English Language and Mathematics among them, is obligatory.
  • A first degree with a minimum classification of Second Class Lower (2.2) and a commendable postgraduate qualification are prerequisites.
  • A scholarly proposal, not exceeding five pages in length and pertinent to the oil and gas sector, must be submitted. This proposal should encompass the topic, an introduction, the purpose, the methodology, and the data collection strategy.
  • For an overview of the PhD research areas that have been sanctioned, please follow this link.
  • University lecturers applying must furnish a letter from their Vice-Chancellor, certifying that they are not concurrently benefiting from any other scholarship.
  • All applicants must possess a National Identity Number (NIN). Verification of this number (at the applicant’s expense) is necessary before applying for the scholarship.

Evaluation Criteria

The PTDF scholarships are intensely sought-after, with selection reserved exclusively for the most exceptional candidates across all evaluation parameters. Following the review of submitted credentials, the leading contenders for each scholarship category from every state will be summoned for a personal assessment. During this interview, a designated committee will evaluate the applications using a set of established criteria:

  • Academic excellence, as substantiated by the caliber of attained degrees, comprehensive educational records, and any additional professional certifications
  • Pertinent publications cited by the applicant (applicable to PhD candidates only)
  • Active membership in professional organizations
  • The practicality and significance of the proposed study or research plan
  • The alignment of previous academic pursuits with the oil and gas industry, and its pertinence to the intended course of study or research endeavor.

Application Documents

It is recommended that applicants digitize the below-mentioned documents and incorporate them into their digital application submissions:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Diploma or Statement of Academic Outcome
  • National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) completion certificate
  • Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE), General Certificate of Education (GCE), West African Examination Council (WAEC), or National Examination Council (NECO) outcomes, alongside the Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) provided on the application forms. This is to facilitate PTDF’s online verification of Ordinary Level (O’Level) results.
  • An up-to-date Passport-size Photograph
  • Confirmation Letter from the Local Government Authority
  • Postgraduate Diploma (for PhD aspirants specifically)
  • Proof of membership with professional organizations or societies

How to Apply

  • The scholarship offered is designated for the academic year spanning 2024 to 2025.
  • The scholarship is confined to PTDF-accredited programs at its affiliated educational institutions.
  • scholarship will solely be granted for courses that align with PTDF’s objectives; applicants may be disqualified for opting for programs unrelated to the oil and gas sector.
  • To explore the sanctioned PhD research domains, follow this link .
  • The intended course of study ought to bear a connection to the applicant’s prior academic pursuits.
  • Submitting numerous applications by a candidate will result in disqualification.
  • Individuals previously endorsed by the Fund for the same scholarship tier (MSc/PhD) are not eligible to reapply for that level.
  • Those who pass the preliminary screening phase will be summoned for an interview, where they must present their academic records; hence, all candidates are advised to have their transcripts ready in advance.

To commence your application, click on this link

For additional details, visit the official website of PTDF.

Application Deadline

July 8, 2024.

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