The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), the Federal Government agency with the mandate of developing indigenous human capacity and petroleum technology to meet the needs of the oil and gas industry, invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for:
Title: 2019/2020 Overseas PhD Scholarship Scheme Under PTDF Strategic Partnerships in France, Germany, China & Malaysia
Applications are invited for Overseas PhD Scholarship to institutions under its strategic partnership initiative. Successful candidates will be awarded scholarships to study in France/Germany/China/Malaysia commencing in the 2020/2021 academic session.
Under this scheme, applicants are invited to apply through PTDF to specific programmes at the partner institutions in any of the countries (full list of sponsored courses is available on the scholarship portal scholarship.ptdf.gov.ng).
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 (where applicable).
Selection Process, Criteria & Requirements
PTDF scholarships are highly competitive and only applicants who are outstanding across 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 applicants
Membership of professional bodies
The viability of the study/research plan.
Must have completed the mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC)
Must be computer literate
A minimum of Second Class Lower (2.2) in their first degree and a good second-degree certificate;
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 ( scholarship.ptdf.gov.ng);
Applicants must also include their master’s degree project.
Applicants are advised to scan copies of the following documents and attach to their online application forms:
First Degree Certificate or Statement of Result
NYSC discharge certificate
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).
Recent Passport Photograph
Local Government Identification Letter
Master’s Degree Certificate
Evidence of membership of professional associations.
Applicants must have a National Identity Number (NIN) before applying for the scholarship. Applicants are also expected to upload a NIN Verification Report before completing the application. The report can be obtained from www.verifyme.ng (charges may apply).
Ongoing PhD Applicants could only apply provided their Universities are among the PTDF Partnership Universities as listed above;
Applicants who have benefited from any of the PTDF scholarships in the past cannot apply for the same category of degree, except a higher degree;
Applicants who are in possession of a higher degree cannot apply for the same type of degree;
Applicants interested in German Institutions should choose Abuja as their preferred interview location;
Applicants who are beneficiaries of any other scholarship need not apply;
Applicants 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.