46 Federal Ministry of Education Overseas Scholarships for Undergraduate, Masters and PhD Nigerian Students

Posted on Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Bilateral Educational Agreement (BEA) Awards

Courses(s) Offered: All fields
Course Level: Undergraduate (bachelors), Postgraduate (masters, PhD)
Provider: Federal Scholarship Board
Country to Study in: Several countries

Scholarship Description
The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Education through the Federal Scholarship Board is offering the Bilateral Educational Agreement (BEA) Oversea Scholarships to Nigerian undergraduate, masters and doctoral students.

The BEA Awards are scholarship awards made to eligible Nigerian youths after due process by development partners who have entered into Bilateral Educational agreement with Nigeria. Nigeria equally offers reciprocal awards to citizens of the following Bilateral Education Agreement countries: China, Romania, and Cuba.

The Honourable Minister of Education (HME), is hereby inviting interested and qualified Nigerians to participate in the 2015/2016 Nomination Interview for the Bilateral Educational Agreement (BEA) Scholarship Award tenable in Russia, China, Morocco, Turkey, Algeria, Romania, Serbia, Japan, Ukraine, Cuba, Greece, Czech Republic, Syria, Macedonia, Mexico, Egypt, Tunisia etc.

Federal Ministry of Education Overseas Scholarships for Undergraduate, Masters and PhD Nigerian Students

(A). Undergraduate Scholarship
  • All applicants for undergraduate degree courses must possess a minimum qualification of Five (5) Distinctions (As & Bs) in the Senior Secondary School Certificate, WAEC or NECO (May/June) only in the subjects relevant to their field of study including English language and Mathematics.
  • Certificates should not be more than Two (2) years old (2013 or 2014)
  • Age limit is 22 years (minimum age of 18years and maximum 22 years old at the time of taking up the award).
(B). Postgraduate Scholarship
  • All applicants must hold a First Degree with at least 2nd Class Upper Division.
  • The applicants who are previous recipients of Foreign Awards must have completed at least Two (2) years post qualification or employment practice in Nigeria.
  • A knowledge of the Foreign language of the donor country is desired particularly for those applying for Russian Award.
  • All applicants must have completed NYSCE.
  • Age limit is 35 years for Masters and 40 years for Ph.D.
Note: (For all Applicants):
Knowledge of the language of the country of choice is an added advantage.

The donor countries are non english speaking. Applicants should therefore be prepared to undertake mandatory one year foreign language of the country of choice which will be the medium of instructions. And For postgraduate applicants for Russian award, the candidate must have obtained his/her first degree Russia.

Eligible groups
Citizens of Nigeria ONLY.

Participating Institutions
All accredited institutions of higher learning in the participating countries that have Bilateral Educational Agreements (BEA) with Nigeria.

The participating countries include:
  • Undergraduate (UG) studies: tenable in Russia, Cuba, Morocco, Algeria, Romania, Ukraine, Turkey, Egypt, Japan, Serbia, Macedonia and Hungary.
  • Postgraduate (PG) studies: tenable in Russia, China, Turkey, Japan, Serbia, Mexico, Hungary, South Korea etc.
Fields of Study
The Fields of Study:
  1. Undergraduate level: Medicine, Paramedical, Engineering, Geology, Agriculture, Sciences, Mathematics, Languages, Environmental Sciences, Sports, Law, Social Sciences, etc
  2. Postgraduate level (Masters Degree and Ph.D): All fields
Awardees study the language of the country in their first Year and this constitutes the language of instruction throughout their study.

It is pertinent to state that performance in the language course determines the continuation of the course of study for which the award has been made.

Number of awards
Not specified, but several would be awarded

Sponsorship duration
The duration of the scholarship offer ranges from 4 - 9 years depending on the level of study and the country.

Scholarship benefits
The participating countries are responsible for the tuition and accommodation, while Nigeria government takes care of the following;
  • $500 monthly for supplementation
  • $250 yearly for warm clothing
  • $200 yearly for Health Insurance
  • $500 yearly for medical scholars only
  • $1000 for PG research grant yearly were applicable
  • N100,000 – Take off for PG scholars were applicable
  • N60,000 – Take off for UG scholars were applicable
Method of Application
To apply for the federal government scholarship, all qualified candidates are advised to:
  • Visit Federal Scholarship Board’s website: www.fsb.gov.ng
  • Click on Application Center
  • Click on BEA Award Application in the Application Center
  • Register/Login
  • Read Requirements & Instructions
  • Continue to complete the online form and submit
  • Print completed Application Form and Acknowledgement Slip and bring two (2) copies to the interview venue (as found on official website).
Venue of Interview:
All eligible applicants are to report for interview at the venues nearest to them as scheduled for their respective states of origin. Two sets of completed application forms should be submitted at the various interview centres with the following attachments:
  1. Two authenticated photocopies of Educational Certificates and Testimonial of previous school attended in two envelopes.
  2. Only one Certificate will be accepted ie WAEC or NECO
  3. Two copies of Birth Certificate from national population commission (NPC) only
  4. State of Origin Certificate duly signed, stamped and dated.
  5. Four passport sized colour photographs on white background.
  6. Data page of current International Passport, and
  7. Academic transcripts and NYSC certificate will be required from applicants for postgraduate studies.
Original documents should be presented at the interview venues for sighting.

The Interview Venues and Dates can be found on the official website. The interview would take place from March 9th to March 13th 2015 by 9.00am daily. Applications should be submitted before the nomination interview of 9th to 13th March 2015.

Applicants are strongly advised to attend the interview at their zones of origin.

The 2015/2016 BEA scholarship application closing date is 8th March, 2015.

Candidates nominated and finally selected by the awarding BEA countries will be required to submit to Federal scholarship Board the following:
  1. Authenticated copies of academic certificates
  2. Specified medical reports and police clearance certificate.
Application Deadline: 8 March 2015
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Nigerians)

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  1. pls, i cnt acess d application form. do anyone hv an information abt it?or hv anyone acessed it? pls help. tnx

    1. yes but it has been on the board's site. follow the link provided for you in the scholarship article above

  2. how can I forward my certificate to the secretary?

    1. Hi @Annonymous, your certificate, in addition to two sets of your completed application forms, and other requested documents will all be submitted at the interview centers. pls check the link provided above for the nearest center to you

  3. @ Ikenna Adimekwe,pls which link are u talking abt cos I also rilli need 2 knw hw am supposed 2 forward my certificate 2 the Director/secretary.

    1. In the scholarship article above is this statement:

      For interview dates and venues see and download the Full BEA 2013/2014 Scholarship advertorial.

      The part in bold letters is the link referred to. Please see article above. Cheers

  4. Good Day,
    On the website, the instruction stated that a Project thesis should be presented. I want to know if this applies to masters.. also i had 4 distinctions and a second class upper division. i also want to know if the 'minimum of 4 distinction' applies to the postgraduate students too.


  5. Pls can anyone testify on the reliability and effeciency of ths scholarship?

  6. i dont hv all d required papers,like d police clearance,cn i still go 4 d interview?

    1. The Police clearance is an essential part of the requirements. I advise you get one ASAP. It isn't that tedious to get.

  7. Goodday,pls can I no wen the result wil be due for released,or has it been released.pls update me on how to check the result.thanks

    1. Hello, the results have not been released yet

  8. hello so what is the actual date for the release the list

    1. You will need to contact the Federal Scholarship Board at the address and/or links provided in the above article for information on specific dates.

  9. When will the result of this scholarship(BEA) will be out?

  10. hi,i jus grad. high skul can i use my 2013 WAEC result?

  11. hy,pls can sme1 tell me weda dis scholarship will still be on by nxt year.if yes,can u give me d details?

  12. hy,pls cn sme1 tell me weda dis scholarship is still on.if yes,can u give me details abt it?

  13. I have started filling the form some days back, but I can't access the website anymore, what shouldIdo pls.

    1. Hello, the website is still very much accessible, i just visited it now.

      I think its because of heavy demand during the day by students across the country trying to register/apply.

      I'd suggest you access the site in the night when demand is much likely to be low.

      All the best!

    2. Only second class upper can apply?

    3. Yes, for the 2014/15 academic year, ONLY second class upper can apply

  14. I have registered but I can't log in.
    What do I do?

  15. pls is the police clearance needed before or after the interview?

    1. It will be "on request"...that means it can be requested for at any time, or it may even not be asked for. BUT better that you have it ready at all times, in case you are asked.

  16. Replies
    1. Hi, its most likely due to heavy traffic. Just log on during the night and try it out again. Cheers!

  17. Pls, when will that of 2015/2016 start

  18. I am going to be in germany for about 2 to 3 years with my husband. Is there colleges or something? Im not to sure about online degrees, I just want to know if anybody else has gotten an education overseas.Thanks for sharing the useful information.

  19. Pls when will that of 2015/2016 start?

  20. Hi when will the 2015/2016 application start?
    Would there be Accounting courses be able to benefit?
    Would there be any special benefits for those with a degree in Accounting

  21. Please when is the date for 2015/2016? Is there provisions for pharmacists with B. Pharm for PG studies? Please reply. Thanks.

  22. Who knows when that of 2014/15 academic session commence?

  23. how do apply for scholarship for 2016

  24. hello.i'd like to know if a 3rd class with a pgd result from noun is eligible and if yes is the transcript from both bsc and pgd required. thank you

    1. Hello Kelly, the minimum qualification is a second class upper. So a 3rd class result will NOT qualify you, and I am sorry to say but that makes you ineligible. Regards

  25. Hi,

    Please, is UK among the countries covered by this scholarship?

    1. Unfortunately, the UK does not seem to be one of the countries included under this particular program. However, there are several scholarships in the UK you can apply to. See here: http://www.studyandscholarships.com/search/label/uk

  26. please i had 2nd class honour lower credit, then master of science degree with distictions and want to know if am qualified to apply for Ph.D

    1. The eligibility criteria listed above is VERY CLEAR on this particular issue. Your first degree MUST be at least a 2nd class upper credit. Regards.

  27. Good morning, pls hw will I knw the venue of the interview, and what are the likely questions to be asked

  28. Is UK covered with this scholarship?

  29. What next now i've sent the application?

  30. 1. Is state of origin certificate the same with Local Govt. Identification Letter? If no, where can I get it?
    2. Is someone born 27th Oct. 1992 eligible?

    1. Hello, your answers:

      1). STATE of origin does sound very different from LOCAL GOVT of origin; however you may want to clarify this detail with the Federal Ministry of Education.

      2). Upper age limit for undergraduate applicants is 22 years. So if you will be 23 years in October, it means you are still 22 years at present and therefore eligible.