PTDF Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme 2020/2021: The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme 2020/2021 for Nigerians to study abroad is now open. The 2020/2021 Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme will be under PTDF Strategic Partnerships in France, Germany, China & Malaysia. Intending postgraduate students at Masters and PhD level are advised to read through the requirements and apply before deadline.

Scholarship Sponsor(s): The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF).

Scholarships to be taken at: Institutions in France, Germany, China & Malaysia.

Scholarship Type: Full Scholarships.

Scholarship level: Postgraduate (Msc and PhD)

Slots: Several.

Scholarship Worth: Fully-Funded (Amount depends on programme and study location).

Subject Eligibility: Eligible courses are listed on the official website.

Country/Candidate Eligibility:  Nigerians.


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Eligibility and Selection Criteria:

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).



  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.
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  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 (;
  5. Applicants must also include their master’s degree project
  6. Admission letter.

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  1. Schwarzman Scholarship Award for International Students, 2020
  2. Shanghai Government International Students Scholarship, 2020
  3. Global Citizen Scholarship for International Students, 2020


Application Procedures for the PTDF Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme 2020/2021 – How-to-Apply:

Application Forms can be obtained on the scholarship portal (

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 verify their NIN before starting the application (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.
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Application Closing Date: 17th OF FEBRUARY 2020.

Visit the Official Scholarship Webpage for Further Details.

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