PTDF Overseas Scholarships in United Kingdom for Nigerian Masters and PhD Students

Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme for Universities in the United Kingdom

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

Scholarship Description
The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for Overseas MSc and PhD Scholarships to specific programmes at selected Institutions in the United Kingdom. Applicants who applied for PTDF scholarships in Germany, China and France can also apply for the current scholarship.

The PTDF Scholarship Scheme for UK Universities will offer candidates the opportunity to benefit from a diversified pool of knowledge and the facilities offered by world-class institutions in the United Kingdom. Under this scheme, candidates are invited to apply through PTDF to specific programmes at partner institutions in the United Kingdom.

As part of its efforts to continuously improve and streamline its programmes, the Fund has reduced the number of partner universities in the UK to 15 top universities (see list below) where it feels the scholarship’s high standards can be maintained and the objectives of the scheme will be best served. Applications will therefore be limited to those choices and successful candidates will be awarded scholarships for programs commencing in the 2018/2019 academic session.

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;
  5. Applicants must also include their masters degree project
Eligible groups
Citizens of Nigeria

Participating Institutions
The Fund has reduced the number of partner universities in the UK to 15 top universities:
  1. Robert Gordon University
  2. Heriot Watt University
  3. Dundee University
  4. Newcastle University
  5. University of Manchester
  6. University of Salford
  7. University of Birmingham
  8. University of Portsmouth
  9. University of Southampton
  10. Cranfield University
  11. University of Liverpool
  12. Imperial College London
  13. King’s College London
  14. University College London
  15. University of Nottingham
Fields of study
Masters and Phd level studies in selected courses (full list of sponsored courses is available on the official website via link below)

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.

Method of Application
Applicants who applied for Germany, China and France can also apply for the current scholarship. Applicants are to apply ONLY for the PTDF Scholarship, PTDF is responsible for seeking admission into the selected universities for the applicants. Application Forms can be obtained via this link However applicants are advised to read through the requirements 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 FOUR (4) WEEKS from the date of this publication (i.e from March 28th until April 28th, 2018)

Applicants should maintain a valid e-mail address during the entire application process, as most of our information is communicated electronically.

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: 28 April 2018
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Nigerians)

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