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PTDF Scholarship Overseas Application for MSc and PhD Study Program- How to Apply

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PTDF  Scholarship  Overseas Application for MSc and PhD Program

PTDF  Overseas Scholarship

The PTDF Scholarship Overseas is offered annually for Msc and PhD study Program. 

Each year, PTDF invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for overseas scholarships to undertake MSc and PhD program in institutions under its partnership. Candidates interested in the PTDF overseas scholarship do submit an application for the scholarship award as young Nigerian scholars are awarded the scholarship for Masters and PhD study program.

The essence of the PTDF Scholarship is to provide Nigerian graduate students with the intellectual foundation and skill set that will enable them to participate actively in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.

About PTDF 

The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF)  is a Federal Government agency in the country Nigeria with the mandate of developing indigenous human capacity and petroleum technology to meet the needs of the oil and gas industry also fund and offer PTDF scholarship scheme.  The Overseas Scholarship Scheme (OSS) for Master and PhD study is part of PTDF Human Capital Development, with the objectives training young Nigerians. 

Overseas Scholarship Application
Successful applicants will receive the scholarship after review of the submitted application for overseas study in a university.  Candidates seeking for master and PhD study  overseas are the ones to make an application on PTDF Overseas Scholarship Portal. 

Note: The Overseas Scholarships is available for Msc(Master) and PhD study and is open to students who want to study at the overseas country.

Overseas Scholarship Scheme(OSS)

The PTDF Overseas Scholarship Scheme is designed to meet the human capacity requirements of the oil and gas industry through the training of young Nigerians

Applicants interested in the scholarship application need to meet the PTDF scholarship requirement.


This scholarship value for any candidate applying is full funding meaning.

PTDF Scholarship for MSC and PhD programs will award successful candidates  and cover;

  1. Flight tickets.
  2. Payment of health insurance.
  3. Payment of tuition and bench fees (where applicable) 
  4. Provision of allowances to meet the costs of accommodation and living expenses. 
  5. Language classes to aid scholars settle into their new environments(candidate with an overseas scholarship offer).
PTDF Scholarship Criteria for Selection
Criteria for the overseas scholarship application will aid in your success, carefully provide the best you have and put up a good write up where necessary. The criteria set by PTDF for selection of applicants are;

  • Academic merit as evidenced by the 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. 
  • Submit statement of purpose (Applicants are required to make a case for their scholarship) not more than (500 words) statement of purpose; should contain the reason(s) you want to undertake the study, the relevance of the proposed study to the industry and its expected impact on national development.
PTDF Overseas Scholarship Requirements 
The requirements for PTDF Overseas scholarship application are listed below;

MSc Study – Overseas Scholarship Requirements
  • Candidate must not be above 30 years at the time of scholarship application.
  • Candidate must be computer literate.
  • Must have completed the mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC).
  • Possession of 5 O/level credits including English Language subject in SSCE result (WAEC, NECO, GCE).
  • Possess a minimum of Second Class Upper (2.1) qualification in their A-level(first degree) or a Second Class Lower (2.2) with relevant industry experience(most preferable an oil and gas industry or relating organisation).

PhD Study – Overseas Scholarship Requirements

  • Candidates must be computer literate.
  • Must have completed the mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC).
  • Possession of 5 O/level credits including English Language subject in SSCE result (WAEC, NECO, GCE).
  • Possess a minimum of Second Class Lower (2.2) in their first degree and a good second-degree certificate.
  • 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.
  • Applicants must also include their master’s degree project.
  • Employed in the academics in reputable Nigerian higher Institution, teaching oil and gas related disciplines.

Countries and Universities Under PTDF Scholarship Strategic Initiative

PTDF scholarship awards candidates by offering the opportunity to learn and study in technology and innovating countries.  Universities overseas ranked with large facilities and knowledge for study of professional courses partner with PTDF overseas scholarships. 

PTDF scholarship scheme has strategically partnered with these countries; France, Germany,  and UK universities with high ranking.

Funded Master Scholarships to Study Abroad

1. France Country-Universities Partnershipping with PTDF Scholarship
These universities partnership with PTDF Overseas Scholarships 
  • French Institute of Petroleum (IFP)
  • University Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)
  • University of Lyon
  • University of Grenoble
2. Germany Country-Universities Partnershipping with PTDF Scholarship
The German universities in partnership with PTDF Overseas Scholarship are;

  • Bayreuth University
  • Berlin University of Technology (TU Berlin)
  • Bremen University
  • Clausthal University of Technology(TU Clausthal)
  • Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (HS Darmstadt)
  • Ilmenau University of Technology (TU Ilmenau)
  • Kempten University of Applied Sciences (HS Kempten)
  • Kiel University
  • Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich
  • Muenster University
  • Rostock University
  • Technische Universität München (TUM)
  • Trier University
  • Tuebingen University
  • Ulm University
  • University of Cologne
  • University of Göttingen
  • University of Oldenburg
  • University of Bremerhaven (HS Bremerhaven)

  • 3. UK Country-Universities Partnershipping with PTDF Scholarship
    • Cranfield University
    • Heriot Watt University
    • Imperial College London
    • King’s College London
    • Newcastle University
    • Robert Gordon University
    • University of Aberdeen
    • University of Birmingham
    • University College London
    • University of Dundee
    • University of Glasglow
    • University of Manchester
    • University of Nottingham
    • University of Portsmouth
    • University of Salford
    • University of Southampton
    • University of Strathclyde
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    Application to PTDF for the overseas scholarship will need the following documentation.  All documents must be available on request and uploaded for the scholarship application 
    • Recent passport photographs.
    • An NYSC discharge certificate.
    • A-Level certificate (First degree certificate or statement of result).
    • SSCE certificate (WAEC, NECO, GCE result).
    • Local government identification certificate.
    • Offer letter of admission.
    • First degree Certificate (Bachelor degree)
    • Master degree certificate( PhD applicants only).

      Application for PTDF overseas scholarship to start studying MSc and PhD degree program can be done on the scholarship application website. 

      Candidates interested in applying for PTDF scholarship can begin the application, first you need to check the scholarship requirements and needed documentation. Then start application and submit the scholarship form on the official application website. See guidelines on PTDF scholarship  

      Steps to Apply
      The steps to follow for PTDF  scholarship application are;

      Step 1.
       Create an application account
      candidates need to create an application with PTDF scholarship and receive an email with instruction on how to login to the scholarship application website .
      after an application account has been successfully created.

      Step 2.
      Login to the PTDF scholarship portal through the mail sent to your email for verification purpose.

      Step 3.
      Fill application form for the PTDF overseas scholarship with all Personal details and information required correctly and do a recheck for possible errors

      Step 4.
      Submit all documents required for the overseas scholarship by uploading scanned copies of documentation.

      Step 5.
      Do a review of your scholarship application for any correction and submit. Believe and pray as you keep your hands crossed for a response.
      Prepare adequately for an interview and work on possible questions and your statement of purpose(reasons you want to study overseas, the course chosen and how it will benefit oil and gas industry)

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