Qualified Nigerians now have the opportunity of studying in prestigious universities in the United Kingdom for Mastera��s and Doctorate degrees through the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Overseas Scholarship scheme.
PTDF said in a statement that application process has already commenced with the invitation of qualified candidates to apply through PTDF to specific programmes at partner institutions in the United Kingdom.
The institutions includeA�Imperial College London, University College London, Kings College London, University of Birmingham, University of Nottingham, University of Southampton, Newcastle University and the University of Manchester.
Others are University of Liverpool, Cranfield University, Robert Gordon University, Heriot-Watt University, University of Salford, Portsmouth University, and the University of Dundee. The full list of courses for the scholarship awards can be accessed on the PTDF websiteA�www.ptdf.gov.ng
The PTDF scholarship which is for the 2018/2019 academic session is highly competitive and only outstanding candidates who meet the selection criteria and other requirements will be awarded the scholarship.
These include academic merit evidenced by the quality of degrees (preferably second class upper 2.1), full academic transcripts and other professional qualifications, relevant publications (for PhD applicants) membership of Professional bodies, and the viability of the study, research plan.
PTDF says it has also introduced a new criterion requiring applicants to make a case for their scholarship by submitting a statement of purpose stating why they want to undertake the study, the relevance of the proposed study to the oil and gas industry and its expected impact on national development.
Under the new scholarship regime of PTDF, the requirement for the use of scratch cards to access the forms has been dispensed with as applicants can now obtain the forms free from PTDF websiteA�www.ptdf.gov.ng
Also discarded is the requirement for aptitude exams as part of the process for the award.A�A�
According to the General Manager, Education and Training Department, PTDF, Ahmed Galadima Aminu, a�?There will be no aptitude test for the MSca��s but for PhD candidates we still have the interviews. We now use the credentials of the applicants to assess them. If you have a first or second upper, you have a grading for that. We will also ask you to state the reason why you want to study the programme, after that we will ask you to submit your transcript which will be verified from the school.
a�?For the scratch card, there is no more use of scratch card, just go to the application website, click and it will provide you with the PIN number and you use the PIN number to applya�?.