PTDF Overseas Scholarship in Germany, France, China and Malaysia for Nigerian Masters and PhD Students

Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme Under PTDF Strategic Partnerships

Course(s) Offered: Oil & Gas related
Course Level: Masters, Doctoral
Provider: PTDF
Country to Study in: Germany, France, China, Malaysia

Scholarship Description
The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for Overseas MSc and PhD Scholarships to institutions under its strategic partnership initiative. Successful candidates will be awarded scholarships to study in Germany, France, China and Malaysia commencing in the 2020/2021 academic session.

In recognition of the fact that the best education can be found on numerous shores, the Fund has sought out strategic partnerships in Germany, France and China where candidates are offered the opportunity to study in English-taught classes and conduct research in world-class facilities where they will also have the opportunity of experiencing new cultures and work environments.

Under this scheme, candidates are invited to apply through PTDF to specific programmes at the partner institutions in any of the three countries (full list of sponsored courses is available below). Please note that the Fund will be responsible for obtaining admissions for the candidates to their selected programmes. You must apply yourself.

PTDF Scholarships for Masters and PhD Students

PTDF scholarships are highly competitive and only candidates who are outstanding across the board are selected. A selection committee will be constituted to assess applications using the following criteria;
  • Academic merit as evidenced by quality of degrees, full academic transcripts, other professional qualifications acquired, and relevant publications to be referenced by applicant (PhD applicants only)
  • Membership of professional bodies
  • The viability of the study/research plan.
  • Applicants are required to make a case for their scholarship by submitting a statement of purpose (maximum 500 words) stating the reason(s) they want to undertake the study, the relevance of the proposed study to the industry and its expected impact on national development.
  1. A minimum of Second Class Upper (2.1) qualification in their first degree or a Second Class Lower (2.2) with relevant industry experience
  2. Must have completed the mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC)
  3. Must be computer literate
  4. Possession of 5 O/level credits including English Language.
  1. Must have completed the mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC)
  2. Must be computer literate
  3. A minimum of Second Class Lower (2.2) in their first degree and a good second degree certificate;
  4. Must submit a research proposal relevant to the oil and gas industry (of not more than 5 pages) to include: Topic, introduction, objective, methodology and mode of data collection (sample template of the proposal is available on the scholarship portal);
  5. Applicants must also include their masters degree project
  6. Admission letter
Eligible groups
Citizens of Nigeria

Participating Institutions
Approved institutions in Germany, France, China and Malaysia

Fields of study
Candidates may select up to 3 different courses (1st, 2nd and 3rd choice) in any country or university within the 4 countries, but are not to contact the schools directly for admissions as they will be placed in relevant universities by the PTDF

Number of awards
Not specified

Sponsorship duration
Award will cover 2 years for Masters courses and 3 years for PhD courses

Scholarship benefits
The award includes the provision of flight tickets, payment of health insurance, payment of tuition and bench fees (where applicable) as well as the provision of allowances to meet the costs of accommodation and living expenses.

The programmes will also include language classes to aid scholars settle into their new environments.

Method of Application
Application Forms can be obtained on the scholarship portal ( However applicants are advised to read through the requirements below before applying.

Requirements Documents:
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
  3. WAEC/GCE/SSCE/NECO results as well as the PIN numbers on the application forms to enable PTDF view the O’level results on the relevant website).
  4. Recent Passport Photograph
  5. Local Government Identification Letter
  6. Master’s Degree Certificate (PhD Applicants only)
  7. Evidence of membership of professional associations
*Candidates who successfully scale through the first round of screening will be requested to submit their transcripts; all applicants are therefore advised to prepare their transcripts for submission in anticipation of such a request.

The closing date for applications is SIX (6) WEEKS from the date of this publication (i.e. 15 January 15th, 2020)

The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) is the the Federal Government of Nigeria's agency with the mandate of developing indigenous human capacity and petroleum technology to meet the needs of the oil and gas industry.

Application Deadline: 15 January 2020
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Nigerians)

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