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How to Apply for PTDF Scholarship Scheme (Overseas & Local) – 2017/2018

The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) is a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources established by law for the purpose of developing and promoting petroleum technology and for creating the human resource needs of the oil and gas industry through research and training of Nigerians.

How to Apply for PTDF Scholarship Scheme (Overseas & Local) - 2017/2018

The Oversea Scholarship Scheme (OSS) was institute by the Petroleum Technology Development Fund, (PTDF) as a short-term measure to address identified skills gaps, pending the outcome of the various capacity building efforts being made to enable our domestic universities effectively handle the task of grooming professionals in oil and gas related disciplines.

As such, the Fund reserves the right to allocate prospective applicants to scholarships institution and field/programmes targeted at filling those gaps.

Furthermore with the numerous upgrade programmes executed by the Fund in some Federal Universities in Nigeria; emphasis has shifted to training Nigerians in-country. Consequently, only a limited number of candidates will be sponsored overseas and the rest in Nigerian Universities.

To ensure a steadfast implementation of this mandate, PTDF is inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates for:

2017/2018 Overseas and In-country MSc and PhD Scholarships


Awards will be granted for studies in the 2017/2018 academic session in the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, France (through Campus France), top Institutions in the United States of America as well as Federal Universities and centers of excellence in Nigeria.

Application forms can be accessed online here using an ATM (Interswitch, Master & Visa) card or through purchase of a scratch card from designated main branches of First Bank of Nigeria Plc in all the 36 States and FCT, upon payment of a NON-REFUNDABLE sum of N1,000 (One Thousand Naira Only). Instructions on how to access the form online is clearly stated on the backside of the cards.

Criteria for PTDF Scholarship Scheme
Applicants for MSc must be in possession of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)(USA)
  • G.R.E (Graduate Record Examination) (USA)
  • GMAT – for Management related courses (USA)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (UK
  • A minimum of Second Class Upper (2.1) in an Oil and Gas related field OR a 2.2 with oil and gas industry experience;
  • National Youth Service (NYSC) certificate;
  • Applicants must be computer literate;
  • Possession of O/level with Credit in English Language  (at least C6 in WAEC/SSCE or C4 and above in NECO)
  • Applicants must not be above 30 years of age.
  • Scholarships will be offered for admission into the under listed courses (for overseas MSc). Candidates are advised to apply for admission into universities in the UK and France that offer these courses, while applying for the Petroleum Technology Development Fund Scholarship.
  • For the Split-Site PhD Programme, please click Here

Documents to scan and attach to the Application Form
Applicants are advised to scan the following documents and attach to their online application forms:

  • First Degree Certificate or Statement of Result;
  • NYSC discharge certificate
  • 2 Recent Passport Photographs
  • Local Government Identification Letter
  • Masters’ Degree Certificate (PhD Applicants only) and
  • Admission Letter (PhD Applicants).

Please note that the possession of a valid University Admission Letter is Compulsory for undergraduates, MSc & PhD) Applicants

List of Approved Courses for Sponsorship

A.) M.SC

The list, of approved courses for Overseas MSc sponsorship for the year is published in our website  .Candidates are advised,, to apply for admission into Universities in the UK, Germany, Brazil, France and the United States that offer these courses., while applying for the Petroleum Technology Development Fund Scholarship.

The Local Scholarship Scheme applicants can apply to all Federal Universities and Centre of Excellence in courses relevant to the Oil & Gas industry

B.) PhD Priority Research Areas

In addition to the MSc programmes areas, the PhD research areas are as published in our website. Please visit our website for details:

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click Here to Start Application

Click Here for List of Approved Courses For Sponsorship


  • Applicants may please note that only those who meet the requirements above shall be shortlisted and invited for a Computer Based Aptitude Test, in the case of MSc applicants, while oral interview will be conducted for PhD applicants (full time and Split-site) on dates to be announced later. Following the aptitude tests and interview, successful candidates will be selected and awarded the PTDF Scholarship.
  • Recipients of other scholarship must not apply for the PTDF scholarship.
  • Please note that the duration of the PhD award is limited to a maximum of thirty-six (36) months only.
  • Applicants who already possess a masters’ degree need not apply for MSc programme, but are qualified to apply for the PhD.
  • The PTDF award will take effect from September 2017
  • PhD applicants who would have already commenced their programmes by September 2017 need not apply.

Application Closing Date: 31st November, 2016.

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