Atiku Abubakar Special Essay Competition Scholarship for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Nigerians

Atiku Abubakar Special Scholarship

Course(s) Offered: Any field
Course Level: Undergraduate, Postgraduate
Provider: Alhaji Atiku Abubakar
Country to Study in: Nigeria, Overseas

Scholarship Description
Nigeria’s former vice president Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is offering undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship to Nigerian students.

The Atiku Abubakar Special Scholarship would be based on the quality of an essay whose topic is explained below. The scholarship is tenable in Nigeria higher institutions and overseas, and will reasonably cover tuition and board.

Eligible Nigerian undergraduate students are invited to apply for this essay-based scholarship.

Atiku Abubakar Special Scholarship

To qualify for consideration for the scholarship applicants should submit an essay on the topic:
More Learning to More People: How can Nigeria be more innovative in bridging its literacy and skills gap?

Entries must be in English, and be between 2,000 and 5,000 words.

Entrants must be Nigerian citizens who are currently undergoing, or have been admitted into, a course of study at undergraduate or postgraduate level at a government-approved institution of learning within or outside Nigeria

It will be the responsibility of applicants to reasonably prove that they possess valid letters or offers of admission, or other evidence of studentship. Successful candidates who are unable to prove this will have their scholarship offers revoked.

Entrants must avoid plagiarism and should be prepared to present themselves for an oral defence of their work (should the need arise). Plagiarism will result in instant disqualification of the affected entry.

Essays will be judged for grammar, clarity, coherence and a focus on solutions. (While it is important to highlight the problems and challenges of education in Nigeria, the essay should primarily focus on innovative problem-solving)

Eligible groups
Citizens of Nigeria

Participating Institutions
All accredited and/or government-approved institutions of higher learning both within and outside Nigeria are eligible in this award

Fields of study
All academic fields of study

Number of awards
Only one scholarship will be awarded. There will however be consolation prizes for up to two other entrants.

Sponsorship duration
Throughout the whole duration of the program

Scholarship benefits
The Atiku Abubakar Special Scholarship will reasonably cover both tuition and boarding fees for successful applicant(s)

Method of Application
Essays, containing between 2,000 and 5,000 words, should be emailed as a Microsoft Word document to

The first page of the essay document should include the following:
  1. Entrants Name & Date of Birth
  2. Entrants Contact Details (Valid email address and phone number)
  3. Entrants Institution (with full institution address included), Course of Study, Year of Entry, and Student Number (Also specifying whether Undergraduate or Postgraduate)
For detailed information on application, visit the official scholarship website (link to it is below).

This is planned to be an annual award offered to Nigerian students every year. All essays should be submitted on or before August 31, 2013.

The Judges’ decision is final and will not be subject to appeal or litigation. Essays should be in a legible font (font size 12); 1.5-spaced or double-spaced. All pages should be properly numbered.

Essays should be emailed to

Application Deadline: 31 August 2013
Open to International students: No (ONLY Nigerians)

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