Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Postgraduate Scholarship Program 2019/2020 (Nigerians Only)

Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Postgraduate Scholarship Program 2019/2020 (Nigerians Only)

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Applications are open for the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Postgraduate Scholarship Program 2019/2020. The PTDF invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for Overseas MSc and PhD Scholarships to institutions under its UK, Germany and France strategic partnership initiative.

Under this scheme, candidates are invited to apply through PTDF to specific programs at the partner institutions in any of these countries. Successful candidates will be awarded scholarships to study in these countries commencing in the 2019/2020 academic session.


  • 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 programs will also include language classes to aid scholars settle into their new environments.


The PTDF Scholarship is open to Nigerians only.

  • MSc
    • A minimum of Second Class Upper (2.1) qualification in their first degree or a Second Class Lower (2.2) with relevant industry experience
    • Must have completed the mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC)
    • Must be computer literate
    • Possession of 5 O/level credits including English Language.
  • PhD
    • 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 (Click here for a sample of Ph.D. research proposal format)
    • Applicants must also include their master’s degree project

Selection Criteria

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 (where available) to be referenced by applicants
  • Awards for leadership and/or academic excellence (where available)
  • 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 oil & gas industry and its expected impact on national development

List of Approved Courses for Sponsorship

Candidates may select up to 3 different courses (1st, 2nd and 3rd choice) in any University within a particular country.


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 (PhD Applicants only)
  • Evidence of membership of professional associations

Click here to apply

For more information, visit PTDF Postgraduate Scholarship.