Apply for 2020 PTDF Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship

Apply for 2020 PTDF Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship – 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 Overseas MSc and PhD Scholarships to institutions under its strategic partnership initiative. Successful candidates will be awarded scholarships to study in Germany/France/China commencing in the 2018/2019 academic session.

About Strategic Partnership Scholarship

The Strategic Partnership Scholarship was developed to improve the Funds’ Overseas Scholarship Scheme by offering candidates the opportunity to benefit from a diversified pool of knowledge and the facilities offered by world-class institutions across the globe.

In recognition of the fact that the best education can be found on numerous shores, the Fund sought out strategic partnerships in Germany, France, and China where candidates are offered the opportunity to study in English-taught classes and conduct research in world-class facilities where they will also have the opportunity of experiencing new cultures and work environments.

Under this scheme, candidates are invited to apply through PTDF to specific programs at the partner institutions in any of the three countries (full list of sponsored courses is available below).

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 to settle into their new environments.

Please note that the Fund will be responsible for obtaining admissions for the candidates to their selected programmes.

How to Apply for 2020 PTDF Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship

Application forms can be obtained via this link:

Candidates are however advised to read the requirements below carefully before applying.

Selection Process, Criteria & Requirements

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 the quality of degrees, full academic transcripts, other professional qualifications acquired, and relevant publications to be referenced by applicant (PhD applicants only)
  • 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 industry and its expected impact on national development.



  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.


  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;
  5. Applicants must also include their master’s degree project

Required Documents

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 to view the O’level results on the relevant website).
  4. Recent Passport Photograph
  5. Local Government Identification Letter
  6. Master’s Degree Certificate (Ph.D. Applicants only)
  7. Evidence of membership of professional associations

*Candidates 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.



You may select up to 3 different courses (1st,2nd, and 3rd choice) in any country or university, but are not to contact the schools directly for admissions as they will be placed in relevant universities by the PTDF

Countries include :



French Institute of Petroleum (IFP)

MSc (2 years)

  1. Energy and products
  2. Energy and markets
  3. Petroleum Economics and Management
  4. Energy and Processes
  5. Processes and Polymers
  6. Petroleum Geosciences
  7. Reservoir Geoscience and Engineering
  8. Petroleum Engineering and Project Development
  9. Petroleum Data Management

University of Grenoble

MSc (2 years)

  1. Applied Mechanics
  2. Civil Engineering
  3. Mechanical Engineering
  4. Fluid Mechanics and Energetics
  5. Advanced Mechatronics
  6. Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  7. Chemistry
  8. Biochemistry
  9. Polymers for Advanced Technology

University of Lyon

MSc (2 years)

  1. Synthesis, Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry
  2. Instrument Development for Micro and Nanotechnologies
  3. Renewable Energy and Efficient Management of Electrical Energy

 Ph.D. (3 years)

  1. Materials
  2. Chemistry; Environment; Processes.
  3. Computer Science and Mathematics
  4. Physics and Astrophysics
  5. Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Automation
  6. Mechanical Engineering, Energetics, Civil Engineering, and Acoustics
  7. Materials and process engineering

University Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)

MSc (2 years)

  1. Master of Physics and Applications
  2. Master of Engineering
  3. Master of Chemistry
  4. SDUEE specialty Ocean, Atmosphere, Climate, and Remote Sensing
  5. Informatics specialty Networks
  6. Fluid mechanics, foundations and applications

Ph.D. (3 years)

  1. Physical and analytical chemistry
  2. Mechanical Engineering
  3. Environmental sciences
  4. Geosciences, natural resources, and environment
  5. Process Engineering


Candidates for scholarships in Germany are also required to register    with the German Academic Exchange through the following link:

MSC (2 years)

1 Experimental Geosciences Bayreuth University
2 Marine Geoscience Bremen University
3 Process Engineering and Energy Technology HS Bremerhaven
4 Electrical Engineering HS Darmstadt
5 Electrical Engineering HS Kempten
6 Materials Science and Engineering Kiel University
7 Geophysics LMU Munich
8 Geospatial Technologies Muenster University
9 Electrical Engineering Rostock University
10 Environmental Sciences Trier University
11 Process, Energy, and Environmental Systems Engineering TU Berlin
12 Petroleum Engineering TU Clausthal
13 Research in Computer & Systems Engineering TU Ilmenau
14 Applied & Environmental Geoscience Tuebingen University
15 Power Engineering TUM
16 Energy Science and Technology Ulm University

PhD (3 years)

Geology and Petroleum Geology

  1. TU Clausthal (Clausthal University of Technology)
  2. University of Cologne
  3. University of Göttingen
  4. Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich

Civil and Marine Engineering (Marine Geosciences)

  1. Kiel University

Renewable Energy

  1. Kiel University
  2. University of Oldenburg

Reservoir Engineering/Production Technology

  1. TU Clausthal (Clausthal University of Technology)


China University of Petroleum, Beijing

MSc (3 years)

  1. Chemical Engineering and Technology
  2. Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
  3. Environmental Engineering
  4. Geological Resources and Geological Engineering
  5. Management Science and Engineering

 PhD (3 years)

  1. Chemical Engineering and Technology
  2. Environmental Chemical Engineering
  3. Oil-Gas Storage and Transportation Engineering
  4. Thermal Energy Engineering
  5. Material Science
  6. Management Science and Engineering

Xian Shiyou University

MSc (2 years)

  1. Oil-Gas Well Engineering
  2. Oil-Gas Field Exploitation Engineering
  3. Earth Exploration & Information Technology
  4. Mineralogy, Petrology and Ore Deposit Geology
  5. Geological Engineering
  6. Chemical Techniques
  7. Chemical Engineering
  8. Industrial Catalysis

Jilin University

Ph.D. (3 years)

  1. Groundwater Science and Engineering
  2. Environmental Science and Engineering

Changchun University of Science & Technology (CUST)

MSc (2 years)

  1. Computer Technology
  2. Software Engineering
  3. Mechanical Engineering

Ph.D. (3 years)

  1. Electronic Science & Technology
  2. Material Science & Engineering
  3. Computer Science & technology
  4. Information & Communication Engineering
  5. Mechanical Engineering

China University of Geosciences, Wuhan

MSc (2 years)

  1. Oil and Natural Gas Engineering
  2. Environmental Engineering

Ph.D. (3 Years)

  1. Oil and Natural Gas Engineering
  2. Environmental Engineering
  3. Petroleum & Gas Storage & Transportation Engineering



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