December 22, 2014

SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship Program for Nigerian Students

SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship Program

Course(s) Offered: Only relevant fields
Course Level: Postgraduate (masters)
Provider: SPDC
Country to Study in: UK

Scholarship Description
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) in conjunction with 3 leading world-class institutions are delighted to announce the continuation of the SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme for the 2015/2016 academic session.

This is an overseas scholarship programme that gives 10 places to candidates from SPDC’s operational areas to study for postgraduate qualifications at three top British institutions.

The objectives of the scheme are to give talented students from the three Niger Delta states (Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers) an opportunity to further their education at prestigious universities in the UK. The scholarships are offered in fields of study that are relevant to the oil and gas industry.
The competition for scholarship will be intense and applicant must:
  • Display intellectual ability and leadership potential;
  • Display high proficiency in English language, i.e. at least 6.5 in the international English Language Testing Scheme and meet the university’s language requirement;
  • Be between 21-28 years by 30th September 2015;
  • Be indigenes of Bayelsa, Delta or Rivers States, provide documentary evidence therefore and currently reside in Nigeria.
  • Intend to return and take up permanent residence in Nigeria after completion of the proposed programme of study;
  • Have obtained a degree or at least equivalent standard to a UK Upper second Class (Honours Degree);
  • Have confirmed admission into any of the specified courses (listed below);
  • Be neither a current nor former employee (who has left employment less than 5 years before) of SPDC or the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies or Wider Perspectives Limited, or current employee's relatives;
  • Not previously have studied in the UK or other developed country.
Selection criteria:
Candidates must have gained admission to study at any of the participating universities in one of the qualifying courses

Eligible groups
Nigerian students from Bayelsa, Delta or Rivers States

Participating Institutions
Studies are in partnership with three internationally recognised universities in the United Kingdom (UK) - Imperial College London, University College London and the University of Leeds (i.e. Leeds University).

Fields of study
The eligible MSc courses are as follows:
  1. Imperial College London:
    • Petroleum Engineering, 
    • Petroleum Geoscience, 
    • Petroleum Geophysics, 
    • Engineering Geology.
  2. University College London:
    • Chemical / Process Engineering, 
    • Mechanical Engineering, 
    • Civil Engineering.
  3. University of Leeds:
    • Exploration Geophysics, 
    • Electronic/Electrical Engineering.
Number of awards
For the academic year commencing September 2015, SPDC will award up to ten scholarships.

In the five years of this programme, 50 students have so far benefited from the opportunity to study at top rated Universities in the UK on an all expenses paid scholarship.

Sponsorship duration
Scholarships will be awarded for one-year post-graduate studies in any of the eligible courses

Scholarship benefits
The scholarship will cover tuition fees, one return flight ticket from Nigeria to the UK and a contribution towards living expenses only. Please note that the stipends are based on the British Council Annual Rates and are limited to this.

Compulsory field trip costs will be covered, but this will be by prior agreement and limited to essential compulsory items only.

Method of Application
Apply for admission to study one of the qualifying courses at any of the participating universities. Application forms for the scholarship will be available ONLY through the participating universities following an offer of admission.

The universities will process all eligible applications and nominate candidates for initial interview which will be followed by attendance at a final interview for selected candidates.

Completed application forms must reach participating universities by a deadline which will be advised.

Completed application forms must reach participating universities no later than January 23, 2015.

The list of supported courses is subject to amendment annually, and candidates should check with the individual universities (via links below), or enquire at the email address below.

Scholarship application forms will be available only through relevant participating University following admission. Nominated applicants will be interviewed before final selection.


1. How to Apply for an SPDC Niger Delta-Imperial College Postgraduate Scholarship
In order to be considered for the scholarship, candidates must apply to study on one of the three eligible programmes through the standard Imperial College admission procedure by 23 January 2015.
Candidates who are shortlisted will be contacted by the department and advised to complete a scholarship application form.

For more, visit Imperial College London SPDC Scholarship page.

2. How to Apply for an SPDC Niger Delta-University College London Postgraduate Scholarship
You must separately apply for admission to UCL for one of the eligible programmes through the standard admissions procedure. Priority for the scholarship will be given to those who have been given an offer of a place on an eligible programme by Friday, 23 January 2015.
Candidates must download and complete the SPDC application form (Word format or Adobe PDF format), and submit completed application forms to

For more, visit University College London SPDC Scholarship page.

3. How to Apply for an SPDC Niger Delta-University of Leeds Postgraduate Scholarship
Applicants MUST first submit a taught postgraduate study application form and be in receipt of a University BANNER ID Number to be eligible for an SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship. Applications without a valid University BANNER ID number will be rejected. To apply for a place on a taught postgraduate degree programme, please visit:
Applicants must also complete an SPDC Niger Delta-University of Leeds Postgraduate Scholarship Application form (this includes details of the eligibility criteria) which can be found via the 'Leeds University' link in the paragraph below (please follow the attendant instructions). Completed scholarship application forms should be returned to the Postgraduate Scholarships Office (email:

For more, visit Leeds University (click on 'International'. Then, select Nigeria for 'Nationality'; Taught Postgraduate for 'Level of Study'; and Any for 'Area of Study')

For further details, persons meeting the criteria may address enquires to or through the individual universities.

Application Deadline: 23 January 2015
Open to International students: No (ONLY Nigerians)

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: List of Shell Nigeria SPDC Scholarships and Program


  1. The SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship Program 2013/2014 edition has just been posted. Boy, I've been waiting so long to apply. Cheers!

  2. You are doing a very good job,making our search for scholarships lot more easier.But the link for the University of Leeds is out of date,please try to update it so one can apply.Thanks.

    1. Hi @Emmanuel, your observation is noted. It will be updated shortly. Thanks! ):

    2. Hello there Emmanuel, please follow the instruction that clearly follow the 'Leeds University' link in the article above.

      It says: "For more, see Leeds University (click on 'International'. Then, select Nigeria for 'Nationality'; Taught Postgraduate for 'Level of Study'; and Any for 'Area of Study')". Goodluck!

  3. Thank you for updating and reminding me!

  4. pls help me. pls i missed this scholarship cos i jus hrd abt it. pls whn is it comin up again? pls i want to apply

    1. The scholarship is still on, and will be ending on the 15th of february