PTDF 2020/2021 Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme to Study in France, Germany, China and Malaysia

PTDF 2020/2021 Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme: The PTDF overseas postgraduate scholarships programme for Masters and PhD students for the year 2020/2021 is now open for applications. Application Forms can now be obtained on the scholarship portal (scholarship.ptdf.gov.ng) for the 2020/2021 OVERSEAS POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME UNDER PTDF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS IN FRANCE, GERMANY, CHINA & MALAYSIA.

Scholarship Sponsor(s): Petroleum Development Trust Fund (PTDF).

Scholarships to be taken at: Partner Universities in France, Germany, China and Malaysia.

Scholarship Type: Full-Funded Scholarships.

Scholarship level: Masters and PhD

Slots: Several.

Scholarship Worth: Fully-Funded.

Subject Eligibility: See official webpage for details.

Country/Candidate Eligibility:  Scholarships for Nigerians.

Selection Process and Criteria:  Below are the eligibility criteria, requirements and selection process adopted for the 2020/2021 Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

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 (PhD Applicants only).
  • 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 (MSc Applicants only).

Basic Requirements

For MSc

  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.

For PhD

  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 (sample template of the proposal is available on the scholarship portal (scholarship.ptdf.gov.ng);
  5. Applicants must also include their master’s degree project
  6. Admission letter.


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Document Requirements

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


  1. 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).
  2. Ongoing PhD Applicants could only apply provided their Universities are among the PTDF Partnership Universities as listed above;
  3. Applicants who have benefitted from any of the PTDF scholarships in the past cannot apply for the same category of degree, except a higher degree;
  4. Applicants who are in possession of a higher degree cannot apply for the same type of degree;
  5. Applicants interested in German Institutions should choose Abuja as their preferred interview location;
  6. Applicants who are beneficiaries of any other scholarship need not apply;
  7. 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.

Application Requirements for the 2020/2021 Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme:

Applications for the PTDF Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme 2020/2021 are done online. Application Forms can now be obtained on the scholarship portal (scholarship.ptdf.gov.ng)

Interested and qualified candidates should are advised to visit the official website for further information on eligible courses and partner institutions.

Application Deadline: 15th JANUARY 2020

Visit the Official Website for Further Details.

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