Scholarships are available from various bodies for postgraduate students to study in both Nigerian and/or Overseas Universities and Colleges. While some scholarships offered for students to study abroad or locally are full tuition scholarships covering all students' expense both on-campus and off-campus, others only offer a specified amount (i.e. partial tuition).
Note that deadlines for some applications might not fall within the present time. For these, you need to bear the deadlines in mind and start early to prepare for the next award. Also, for current and up to date information, be sure to visit or contact thelng sponsors through the contact details provided.
We have compiled a list of Postgraduate scholarships available to Nigerians and other Africans. [You may want to see our complete 'Scholarship Lists'. To receive more scholarship notifications in future, subscribe to our free scholarship newsletter.]
Postgraduate scholarships for Nigerians
- Nigeria LNG (NLNG) Scholarship Scheme for Postgraduate students
The Nigeria LNG Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme, launched in October 2012, is an overseas programme aimed at supporting the emergence of indigenous experts, professionals or entrepreneurs especially; but not exclusively, within the oil and gas industry. The Scholarship will cover your full tuition fees and contribute a monthly stipend towards your living expenses. The scholarship is valued at between $60,000 and $69,000, depending on the course...read more.
- Fulbright Foreign Student Program
This Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from several countries of the world to study and conduct research in the United States. The scholarships are for study towards a Master’s or PhD degree, and can also be awarded for non-degree postgraduate studies. There is funding for the whole duration of the study, research or non-degree program including tuition, textbooks, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance. The application deadline varies per country...read more.
See also the Fulbright Visiting Student Scholarship Program for Nigerians.
- NITDA Scholarships for Postgraduate Nigerians
Since 2010, the National Information Technology Development Agency established and has been offering a scholarship scheme for Post Graduate studies in Master’s and Doctorate degrees in relevant areas of information Technology (IT) obtainable in National and Foreign / Oversea Universities...read more (see 2014 call and 2013 call).
- Dr. Murtala Mohammed Scholarships at London Metropolitan University
London Metropolitan University offers the Dr. Murtala Mohammed Scholarship for Nigerian postgraduate students to study approved Masters Degree courses. The award is offered across a wide range of courses. It is a FULL tuition fee scholarship covering a Nigerian student's complete tuition for the awarded academic year. Application deadline is in late April...read more.
- Akwa Ibom State Government Postgraduate Scholarship Awards
In pursuance of his deliberate policy of providing continuous qualitative man power training and development to citizens, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief (Dr) Godswill Akpabio, (CON) has approved the training of Akwa Ibom indigenes on proficient ICT Post Graduate Training in approved Universities in India.
Consequent upon this, the Ministry of Education invites applications from suitably qualified candidates of Akwa Ibom State origin for scholarship awards to pursue post graduate studies on ICT....read more.
- Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Scholarship Programme
PTDF offers two categories of scholarships: The Overseas Scholarship Scheme (OSS) and the Local Scholarship Scheme (LSS). PTDF annually invites interested qualified Nigerians to apply for its postgraduate (MSc and PhD) scholarships in Engineering, Geology, Sciences, and Geosciences in Universities in the United Kingdom...read more.
- Mansion House Scholarships Scheme for Nigerian Masters Students
Are you interested in winning a postgraduate scholarship? Are you currently working in the financial services sector and want to study for a post graduate degree in the UK? Here is an opportunity for you. The British Council in Nigeria is partnering with the UK Trade and Investment unit (UKTI) to present the Mansion House Scholarship Scheme.
The Mansion House Scholars scheme provides scholarships in support of overseas students for training and work experience in the United Kingdom's financial services industry.
The Scheme supports the funding of students from overseas taking Masters level degree courses at British Universities or to enable business trainees or officials to undertake study or training in financial and related business activities.
Deadline for submission of essay is the 12th April...read more.
- Developing Solutions Masters Scholarship for International students
In order to encourage academic excellence, aid diversity, develop relationships with sponsors and offer real financial assistance in cases of hardship, whether individually or by region, the University of Nottingham International Office offers a comprehensive and expanding range of scholarships.
Celebrating over 10 years of the Developing Solutions scholarship scheme, the University of Nottingham is offering 105 Masters scholarships for a global future for students from Africa, India and commonwealth countries to study for masters degree at the university.
The Developing Solution Master Scholarships are designed for students who want to make a difference to the development of their home country...read more.
- Newcastle University (NU) Nigeria Scholarships
The International Office is delighted to announce the Newcastle University Nigeria Scholarship (NU Nigeria Scholarship) awards. These are available for high achieving Nigerian students applying for entry onto postgraduate taught degree or research programmes within the Faculties of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS), Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE), and Medical Sciences (FMS)...read more.
- Afren and Syngenta One Planet MBA Scholarships for African Students
The One Planet MBA Scholarships are a group of scholarships offered at the University of Exeter to different subsets of students.
They include the Sustainable Enterprise Scholarship, the Full-fee Company Scholarships (Afren and Syngenta One Planet MBA Scholarships), The Ayudar Scholarships, Corporate Partnerships Scholarships, and the Business School Scholarships...read more.
- Federal Government Nigerian Scholarships Tenable in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions
The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Education through the Federal Scholarship Board offers the Nigerian Scholarships Award Programmes Tenable In Nigerian Tertiary Institutions to Nigerian Postgraduate, Undergraduate, Higher National Diploma and National Certificate in Education students.
The Honorable Minister of Education, hereby invites applications from qualified Nigerian students in Nigerian public tertiary institutions to participate in the selection interviews for scholarship awards tenable in Nigeria tertiary institutions...read more.
- Federal Government Oversea Scholarships for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students
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.
Bilateral Educational Agreement (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...read more.
- Imo State Government Scholarships for Imo State Students
Imo State is one of the states in Nigeria with a high literacy rate. The prestige of a family is determined by the number of educated persons it has produced. Interest in education is self evident from educational development efforts of communities. Such efforts include the provision of educational opportunities and physical structures for the advancement of knowledge.
In fulfillment of his promise to extend free education to the State owned tertiary institutions, the Imo State governor in January 2012 distributed scholarship forms to students of Imo State origin.
The Governor reiterated that the free education programme will commence in September 2012 onwards, and that the free education programme will be extended to indigenes of Imo State schooling in other tertiary institutions during the second phase of the programme, adding that indigent students of the State owned schools that are non-indigenes will be given scholarships as well...read more.
- Bayelsa State Scholarships for Postgraduate Bayelsan students
The Bayelsa State Scholarship Board was established by an edict of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly and signed into law by the then Governor Chief Diepreye S.P. Alameyeseigha on May 21, 2003.
The Third State Scholarship Board inaugurated on June 12, 2012, by the present Governor Barr. Henry Seriake Dickson invites application for Batch B of the scholarship awards...read more.
- Oyo State Scholarships Scheme for Oyo State Indigenes
The Oyo State Scholarship Board, one of the parastatals established by the Oyo State Government, provides scholarships to indigenes of Oyo state who intend to study or are currently studying in any tertiary institution(s) in Nigeria...read more.
- Griffith International Scholarships for African nationals
The scholarships are on offer to students from any African nation that are currently residing in Africa and are planning to commence their studies at Griffith University in January or July. Applications will be assessed on academic merit, demonstrated leadership and personal character. Applications should be sent directly to Griffith International...read more.
- Lagos State Local Scholarship Award for Lagos State Indigenes
The Lagos State Scholarship Board is one of the earliest agencies established shortly after the creation of the state. It was constituted through Executive Council Memorandum No LSEC (68) as an advisory and implementation organ on Scholarship awards. The Board administers both the Lagos State Local and Foreign Scholarship Awards.
The Local Scholarship Award is for prospective students of Lagos State origin except otherwise directed by His Excellency. It was resuscitated in the year 2002. Students should be on full-time and not part-time studies...read more.
- Google Anita Borg Scholarship for Female Students from Europe, Middle East, Africa
Dr. Anita Borg (1949-2003) devoted her adult life to revolutionising the way we think about technology and dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields. Her combination of technical expertise and fearless vision continues to inspire and motivate countless women to become active participants and leaders in creating technology.
As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to furthering Anita’s vision, the company is pleased to announce The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Through the scholarship, Google aims to encourage women to excel in computing and technology, and become active role models and leaders...read more.
- Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Nigerian Students
The Swiss Government, through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), awards various postgraduate scholarships to Nigerian students in three categories: Excellence Research Scholarships, Excellence PhD Scholarships, and Excellence Post-doctoral Scholarships.
These scholarships provide Nigerian graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies or research in Switzerland at one of the public funded universities or recognized institutions...read more.
- Rotary Foundation Global Grants for International Students
The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship program has ended in 2012-13. Beginning in 2013-14, The Foundation will offer scholarship opportunities through the Rotary Foundation Global Grants.
Global grants may be used for: Humanitarian projects to fund humanitarian projects, Scholarships to fund academic studies, and Vocational training opportunities...read more.
- UNIL funding for Masters Students from Developing Countries
To facilitate access to Master’s degrees by students with qualifications from foreign universities, the University of Lausanne makes available around ten Master’s grants which are awarded on a competitive basis...read more.
- Kaplan International Colleges Merit-based Scholarships for Nigerian Students
Kaplan International Colleges (KIC) works in partnership with leading universities to prepare international students for studying a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the UK. KIC has launched a scholarship scheme for Nigerian students.
*These scholarships are donated for the first time in close collaboration with our top Country Partners – Preparation For Life, Chris Enuke and Associates, Dave Abion Consulting, NUBI Educational Counselling, SOARS Educational Services, Harvestfield Educational Services, CUPA study Abroad Ghana, in recognition of the high calibre of Nigerian students at KIC.C.”...read more.
- Shell SPDC Students Programme
Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) operates various scholarship schemes, a welcome feature of educational development, especially in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria.
- Shell Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme - Study in UK
This is an overseas scholarship programme that gives 10 places to candidates from SPDC’s operational areas (Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta states) to study for postgraduate qualifications at three top British institutions - Imperial College London, University College London and University of Leeds. Potential beneficiaries must possess a Bachelor's degree in the relevant field of study at the Second Class Upper Level.
The scholarship cover tuition fees, one return flight from Nigeria to the United Kingdom and a contribution towards living expenses...read more.
- Shell Postgraduate Students Internships
Open primarily to talented Nigerian Postgraduate Students in Nigerian Universities but in exceptional cases to Nigerians in Overseas Universities. Shell offers approximately 20 research internship appointments yearly. A number of interns have taken up appointment with Shell on completion of their studies...read more.
- Shell Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme - Study in UK
- NNPC / ESSO International Scholarship Awards
Mobil Producing Nigeria offers International Scholarships to outstanding Nigerian graduates wishing to pursue postgraduate studies in the following disciplines: Geosciences, Engineering (Petroleum, Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, Sub-Sea and Marine). The EEPNL scholarship award applies to tuition, books, accommodation and living expenses for the duration of the selected course of study including air fare to and from the location of study. Shortlisted candidates would prepared to take a skills test...read more.
- NNPC/ESSO National Postgraduate Scholarship Awards
In continuation of the Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (EEPNL) efforts to provide opportunities for developing careers in the petroleum industry, Mobil Producing Nigeria offer Scholarships to outstanding Nigerian graduates who are currently pursuing postgraduate studies (Masters Degree) in the underlisted disciplines in Nigeria Universities.
In 2007, EEPNL introduced the National Postgraduate Scholarship program in other to complement the existing foreign scholarship program...read more.
- PTDF Scholarships for the Split PhD Program
The Split PhD is a type of PHD program which allows an individual to split their research time between a foreign institution and an institution in the home country where they live and work. It is part of its 2012/2013 PTDF SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME...read more.
- African Humanities Fellowship program
The African Humanities Program (AHP), organised by the American Council of Learned Societies, ACLS seek to revitalize the humanities in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda through fellowship competitions and meetings associated with them. The AHP is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Approximately 40 fellowships are awarded annually. Completed applications must be submitted by December...read more.
- Indomie National PostGraduate Nutrition Scholarship Awards
As Part of its corporate social responsibility, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, in 2009 introduced a postgraduate scholarship programme for Nigerian students studying Nutrition and Dietetics at Masters degree level. The programmme is aimed at assisting the training of high level Nutrition and Dietetic manpower in the country. The scholarship is open to all Nigerian students qualified for admission to an MSc programme in Nutrition (and Nutrition/Dietetics) in the Nigerian university system. Awards will be made to qualified and suitable students from every geo-political zone of the federation, including the FCT...read more.
- Nigerian Agip Exploration (NAE) Post Graduate Scholarship
Nigerian Agip Exploration Limited (NAE), on behalf of the NNPC/NAE/OANDO PSC, is committed to the training and development of manpower as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme. In pursuance of this, NAE invites applications from suitably qualified and interested Nigerian graduates for the PostGraduate Scholarship Award Scheme. The award is in two categories – Nigerian and Overseas...read more.
- RSSDA Overseas Postgraduate Scholarships for Nigerians
The Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for selection into the Governor’s Special Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Programme for 2012/2013 session...read more.
- Delta State Government Scholarship Scheme for female students
Applications are invited for five places in the Delta State Government Scholarship Scheme for female students, tenable at SMC, Pan-African University, for the programme PGD in Media & Communication (Journalism Stream)...read more.
- Robert S. McNamara International Fellowships Program
The Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program was established in 1982 by a resolution of the Executive Directors to award fellowships for full-time study or research at the postgraduate level in fields related to economic development.
Funding for the Program was provided by US$1 million contribution from the World Bank and US$1.8 million from the governments of Bangladesh, China, India, Kuwait, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, and former Yugoslavia. The income from the investment of the endowment fund set up with these contributions currently provides the funding for the fellowships.
The Program provides support to lecturers and young researchers working in academic and research institutions from eligible countries (see link below) preparing a doctoral thesis...read more.
- Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at University of Ilorin, Nigeria
As part of her efforts in building a global academic environment, the University of Ilorin through her Centre for International Education (CIE) offers a variety of Research Fellowships to qualified scholars of foreign nationals to carry out relevant developmental researches...read more.
- Scholarship Opportunities for International Students, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
The University of Ilorin, Ilorin, through its Centre for International Education (CIE), offers scholarship opportunities for International Students in any field of their interest. The offer is opened to both undergraduate and graduate students up to Master level...read more.
- Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program for International students
The Government of Canada offers scholarships to Canadian publicly funded universities or colleges as part of the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program (CCSP) and Government of Canada Awards (GCA)...read more.
- Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Country Citizens, UK
The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an international programme under which member governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) is responsible for managing Britain’s contribution to the CSFP. Commonwealth Scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries are offered for Master’s, PhD, and split-site (PhD) study in the UK. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID)...read more.
- Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) for African Students
The Australia Awards in Africa (AAA), an initiative of the Australian Government, is a pan-African program of development scholarships and fellowships that offers 1,000 postgraduate scholarships each year to eligible African professionals.
Australia is committed to developing the capacity and leadership skills of Africans to enable them to contribute effectively to development in their home countries. Over the past three years, the number of scholarships available for African professionals has increased ten-fold to a total of 1,000 development awards annually. One-quarter of all Australia’s development scholarships are now directed to Africa...read more.
- Postgraduate Scholarships for Nigerians at University of Sheffield
The University of Sheffield offers the Nigeria Merit Postgraduate Scholarships for Nigerian students who show exceptional academic potential starting a postgraduate taught masters programme at the University of Sheffield. The University does not offer research studentships or funding specifically for Nigerian research students. There are, however, studentships and funding for which all international students can apply...read more.
- Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Distance Learning Scholarships in Tropical Forestry
Bangor University is pleased to announce that several fully-funded scholarships (each worth over £12,000 to cover tuition fees) are available for applicants from selected developing commonwealth countries to study for the MSc Tropical Forestry by distance learning.
This postgraduate course is primarily intended for students who already have an interest in forestry and who wish to learn more about the environmental and societal benefits that forests can provide.
Suitable applicants include individuals working in forestry/forest-related industries/ natural resource management, particularly in the fields of planning, regulation, policy, monitoring and environmental protection. The course is also suited to individuals working in forestry education who wish to further their knowledge and expertise in order to improve their teaching...read more.
Last Updated: August 2013