PTDF Scholarships for Undergraduate, Masters and PhD Nigerian Students

PTDF Scholarships for Nigerians

Course(s) Offered: Approved fields
Course Level: Undergraduate, Graduate (Masters, PhD)
Provider: Petroleum Technology Development Fund
Country to Study in: Nigeria, Europe (UK, Germany, France), Brazil, USA

Scholarship Description
Updated: See PTDF Scholarships in Germany, France and China. And also PTDF Scholarships in United Kingdom.

The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) offers the PTDF Scholarships scheme for Undergraduate, Masters and PhD students to study in Nigeria and Overseas. It aims to train Nigerians to qualify as graduates, professionals, technicians and craftsmen in the field of engineering, geology, science and management in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria or abroad.

PTDF has a vision to serve not only as a vessel for the development of indigenous manpower and technology transfer/acquisition in the petroleum industry but also to make Nigeria a human resource centre for the West African sub-region.

To ensure a steadfast implementation of this mandate, PTDF scholarships is inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates for Overseas and in-Country MSc and PhD Scholarships. Awards will be granted for studies in the 2017/2018 academic session in the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, France (Grenoble INP), USA as well as PTDF upgraded Universities in Nigeria. However, the Undergraduate level will be awarded for studies in Nigeria only on subject areas listed below.

PTDF Scholarships for Undergraduate, Masters and PhD Students

Students interested in the PTDF scholarships must fulfill the following:

A). Undergraduate (Nigeria Only)
  1. Possession of 5 credits in WAEC/SSCE/NECO including English Language and Mathematics
  2. Must have concluded the 1st year of their study in any of the PTDF upgraded Federal Universities listed below.
  3. Must have scored a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on scale of 5 or 4.5 on a scale of 7 in their 1st Year.
  4. Must scan and attach a copy of their admission letter
  5. Students admitted into the University through Direct Entry i.e. 200 level must have either of the following:
    • Minimum of Upper Credit at the Diploma level
    • Minimum of 10 points in interim Joint Matriculation Board (I.J.M.B) examination.
    • Minimum of 8 points at the Advanced Level General Certificate of Education (G.C.E).
B). MSc (OSS And LSS)
  1. A minimum of Second Class Upper (2.1) in an Oil and Gas related field OR a 2.2 with oil and gas industry experience
  2. National Youth Service (NYSC) certificate.
  3. Applicants must be computer literate.
  4. Possession of O/level with Credit in English Language; At least C6 in WAEC/SSCE or C4 and above in NECO.
  5. Applicants must not be above 30 years of age.
Applicants for OSS must be in possession of the following:
  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (USA).
  2. G.R.E (Graduate Record Examination) (USA).
  3. GMAT – for Management related courses (USA).
  4. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (UK).
C). PhD (OSS And LSS)
  1. A minimum of Second Class Upper (2.1) in an Oil and Gas related field OR a 2.2 with oil and gas industry experience;
  2. National Youth Service (NYSC) certificate;
  3. Applicants must be computer literate;
  4. Possession of O/level with Credit in English Language; (At least C6 in WAEC/SSCE or C4 and above in NECO); and
  5. Employment in the academics in reputable Nigerian Institution, teaching oil and gas related disciplines;
  6. A minimum of 2.2 in their first degree and a minimum of merit as a second degree certificate in an oil and gas related discipline;
  7. Submit a research proposal relevant to the oil and gas industry (of not more than 5 pages) to include: Topic, introduction, objective, methodology relevance to the industry and mode of data collection;
  8. Possess a valid admission letter; and
  9. Must not be over 40 years of age
=> Split-site PhD Programme
For information on the Split-Site PhD Programme, please click here.

Eligible Institutions 
Selected Universities abroad (in the UK, Germany, Brazil, France and the United States); AND
All Nigerian Federal Universities and Centres of Excellence offering relevant courses

Fields of study
Scholarships will be offered for admission into approved courses (for overseas MSc). Candidates are advised, to apply for admission into Universities in the UK, Germany, Brazil, France and the United States that offer those courses, while applying for the PTDF Scholarship. Please see official website (link to it is below) for list of approved courses for overseas MSc.

The Local Scholarship Scheme applicants can apply to all Federal Universities and Centres of Excellence in courses relevant to the Oil & Gas Industry.

The PhD research areas in addition to the afore-mentioned approved MSc program areas may also include any of several related areas. Please see official website (link to it is below) for more.

Sponsorship Duration
Covers whole duration of study. However, duration of the PhD award is limited to a maximum of thirty-six (36) months ONLY

Scholarship benefits
This is a FULL scholarship

Method of Application
Application Forms can be accessed online at the APPLICATION WEBSITE using an ATM (Interswitch, Master & Visa) card or through purchase of a scratch card from designated main branches of First Bank of Nigeria Plc in all the 36 States and FCT, upon payment of a NON-REFUNDABLE sum of N1,000 (One Thousand Naira Only). Instructions on how to access the form online is clearly stated on the backside of the cards.

Applicants are advised to scan copies of the following documents and attach to their online application forms:
  1. First Degree Certificate or Statement of Result
  2. NYSC discharge certificate
  4. Two Recent Passport Photographs
  5. Local Government Identification Letter
  6. Master’s Degree Certificate (PhD Applicants only)
  7. Admission Letter (PhD Applicants)
Applications opened on 1st November 2016. The closing date for all applications is 31st December 2016


Applicants may please note that only those who meet the eligibility requirements above shall be shortlisted and invited for a Computer Based Aptitude Test, in the case of Master’s, while oral interview will be conducted for PhD applicants (full time and Split-site) on dates to be announced later. Following the aptitude tests and interview, the best qualified candidates will be selected and awarded the PTDF Scholarship.

The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) is a parastatal of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources established by Decree 25 of 1973 for the purpose of developing and promoting petroleum technology and for creating the manpower needs of the oil and gas industry through research and training of Nigerians.

Application Deadline: 31 December 2016
Open to International Applicants: No (only Nigerians)

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: PTDF Scholarships for the Split PhD Program


  1. Please ptdf is not only the engineers to grab this oppurtunities.But please you should include all the courses of study in the university because we all have the same oppurtunities and to improve and encourage student morals educationally which will then rise education sector excessively.Thank you.

  2. Pls polytechnic student should also be remembered

  3. Pls, this is not fair. This is discrimination. It should be open to all the university courses in Nigeria. We are all the same n we all need help.

  4. This is totally unacceptable. Nigerian petroleum is from the Niger delta, and many Niger Deltan students are into various courses of study. While then should ONLY these handful of courses be eligible?
    This is wicked, very wicked.
    The owners of this site should please convey our deepest displeasure to the Federal Government. This state of affairs is totally unacceptable.
    This scholarship MUST be available to all and every Niger Delta student, irrespective of his/her course of study.
    Please help us convey this message to the Government via its Petroleum Trust Fund managers. Thank you

  5. I think it will be nice to include some of the universities like Federal University Technology Yola (FUTY) & others that are excluded. FUTY, for instance has chemical engineering & other related courses which qualifies her for this scholarship award, but I wonder why it is not extended there. Pls if this scholarship award can be extended to these other institutions we will be very greatful as we also need it. Thank u for your understanding.

  6. has the ptdf 2013/2014 application started. i just need to know.

    1. Hi, unfortunately it appears that the PTDF oversea scholarship scheme for the 2013/14 academic session has NOT yet begun. Information on the official PTDF website indicates applications will open in the last Quarter of the year (i.e. btw oct-dec 2012).
      To avoid missing out, subscribe to our scholarship updates/newsletter. You may also wish to call the official PTDF line on 09-8700060. Cheers!

  7. so what happens to us in the science

    1. Hi i understand how you must be feeling, but its up to the providers to decide who and who they want to sponsor. On a brighter note, there are several other scholarships you can apply to. Cheer up!

  8. i think what u said is right with the issue of discriminating.why would chose from some few fed uni as if other fed. uni are not from dia new way of selecting dia family members for the fund shearing thing from that sector. God has not 4geting pple like me omenma

  9. Helo I sat fot d test last year, still haven't bn reimbused nt 2 talk of being paid, I have laid complains wherever I can, wot next cn I do.

    1. Hello i understand how you feel, and sympathize with you. However, i do not remember coming across PTDF promising reimbursements. Please correct if am wrong here.
      If this be the case, and bearing in mind that every scholarship and/or student aid has rules governing them, it would be a herculean task getting them to reimburse you.
      The truth is it is only PTDF that can really decide on this matter. Please take heart!

  10. Hi! Can any1 pls ansnwer my simple question. Is foreign trainee eligible for the ptdf schorlarship??

    1. Hi @Annonymous, could you please qualify 'foreign'? And what level do u mean by 'trainee'?

  11. i highly appreciate the PTDF management for a chance like this.believing that my turn will one day come through . Thanks!

  12. It is due to the fields appplicable in their areas of operation...

  13. i cant find the online form..please text me on 08130889421 on how to go about it.. thanks

    1. Hello, to access the online Application Forms, you MUST visit the official APPLICATION WEBSITE.
      You MUST also use an ATM card or a scratch card purchased from designated main branches of First Bank of Nigeria Plc (see the article above).

      Please visit the APPLICATION WEBSITE via the link provided above, and follow the INSTRUCTIONS as shown there.

  14. Somebody pls help!
    The 2014/2015 OSS online application form has not been opening. How do one get to apply now? Anyone's got useful info?
    U can pls mail any info 2 Thanks.

  15. so polytechnics arent even recognized in nigeria

  16. This should be made available for those who wants to study but have no means to do so.. There are very bright students out there who are not studying in any university, because they have nobody to see them through school.. Some left secondary education over 8 years ago, they are looking for opportunities like this, pls help and remember them too, give them the opportunity the need to get go education. Thanks

  17. Unfortunately, many bright people don't have the access to apply. If this is a government programme, then a delegation team should be set out to hunt for talented students from the rural areas

  18. Am just gonna cry. Discrimination!!!

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