Governor's Special (RSSDA) Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Programme for Nigerian students

Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA) Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Programme for Nigerian students

Course(s) Offered: Several fields
Course Level: Postgraduate (masters, phd)
Provider: Rivers State Government
Country to Study in: UK, Netherlands, China, India, USA, Canada

Scholarship Description
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 2013/2014 session.

Eligibility (Who Should Apply)
These apply to all applicants:
  • Must be of Rivers State origin (should submit a copy of LGA identification)
  • Must be a Graduate of a recognised university with not less than second class upper honours degree (2:1) at the undergraduate level
  • Must not be below 21 years or above 35 years old (Confirmation of age required, preferably by birth certificate)
  • Must have completed NYSC
  • Must have gained admission into any of the listed universities in the relevant fields of specialization for the masters programmes.
  • PhD candidates must have a Masters degree (not below merit) and a good bachelors degree (not below second class upper)
Eligible groups
Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency - RSSDA
Citizens of Nigeria

Participating Institutions / Fields of study
Available Courses:
  1. Agricultural Engineering
  2. Spatial Sciences
    • Town, Urban & Regional Planning
  3. Medical Sciences
    • Biomedical Engineering/Technology
    • Medical Statistics
    • Plaster Technology
    • Dental Technology
    • Dental Therapy
    • Renal Technology
    • Medical Imaging Technology
    • Anaesthetic Technology
  4. Nursing
    • Paediatric Nursing
    • ENT Nursing
    • Pre-operative Nursing
    • Ophthalmic Nursing
    • Accident/Emergency Nursing
Selected countries with fields of study and universities
1 UNITED KINGDOM Medical Sciences 1. Cambridge University
2. Kings College, London
3. University of Nottingham
4. University of Edinburgh
5. University of Birmingham
Town, Urban & Regional Planning 1. University of Birmingham
2. University College, London
3. Loughborough University
4. Oxford Brookes University
5. University of Liverpool
2 NETHERLANDS Agricultural Engineering 1. Wageningen University
3 CHINA Agricultural Engineering 1. China Agricultural University
2. Nanjing University
4 INDIA Medical Sciences 1. Jawaharial Nehru University
2. University College Medical School, Delhi
3. St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore
4. Medical College, Pune Maharastra
5 USA Medical Sciences 1. Harvard University
2. John Hopkins University
3. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
4. Stanford University
5. Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
Town, Urban & Regional Planning 1. Harvard University
2. University of South Carolina
3. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
4. Cornell University
5. Rutgers University
6 CANADA Medical Sciences 1. University of Alberta
2. University of British Columbia
3. University of Toronto
4. University of Manitoba
5. McGill University
Town, Urban & Regional Planning 1. Concordia University
2. McGill University
3. Queen’s University
4. Simon Fraser University
5. University of Toronto

Scholarship benefits
Amount Spent on Each Student covers the following:
  • Air Fare
  • Tuition (School, Lab, Books, etc)
  • Accommodation (Halls of Residence within the school; Private apartments outside the School)
  • Feeding
  • Monthly Upkeep
Method of Application (How To Apply)
A). Online Applications:
Applicants can apply online at

B). Manual Applications:
Application forms can be downloaded from the official website (see link below).
Application forms can also be collected and submitted at the RSSDA office at No. 1 Igbodo Street, Old G.R.A, Port Harcourt.

  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for online aptitude test through SMS, emails and notice posted on RSSDA website.
  • Original copies of credentials will be sighted during the interview of shortlisted candidates.
Entries Open: April 7TH, 2013
Entries Close: May 24TH, 2013

Photocopies are acceptable.
Please note that the forms are not for sale!!!

For further enquiries contact:

The Media and Communications Department,
1 Igbodo Street, Old G.R.A.,
Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Or, fill in the RSSDA official online contact page.

Application Deadline: 24 May 2013
Open to International students: No (ONLY Nigerians)

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: RSSDA Undergraduate Overseas Scholarship Programme


  1. Rivers state setting the pace for others to follow: imagine awarding scholarships to both Rivers indigenes and non-indigenes living in the state. The issue of "state of origin" or "indigenization" (call it whatever u like) has made a mess of citizenship in Nigeria. This policy shd be expunged from our constitution forthwith! I plead with other states to follow the shining example of like Rivers state by also provide scholarships, not only to their own indigenes, but much more for non-indigenes living in their states. GOD BLESS NIGERIA

  2. yes o! always blazing the way, with Lagos state, for others to follow

  3. It's a good initiative and promotes advancement of knowledge, however it is a restcted scope,just sciences. What happens to lawyers from the state that intend to further their pursuit for academic excellence? If oil firms are restricting the scope, not the state government too. I'll plead that provisions be made for the legal practitioners so as to balance the educational background of the indigenes.

  4. Been trying to apply for a post graduate scholarship don't know how to apply

    1. Hi @stargirl, all applicants must first visit the official website at to apply. Basically, there are 2 ways to apply to this scholarship:
      1) ONLINE - go to official website to fill the online form, then submit; OR
      2) MANUAL - download / print out the form from the official website OR get the form from the physical address (see article above), then submit to the office at No. 1 Igbodo Street, Old G.R.A, Port Harcourt.

      Hope this helps you!

  5. Plz when will the 2014 applications forms be out.

  6. is 2015 application forms out?