According to the Petroleum Technology Development Fund, over 5,000 applications from throughout the country have been shortlisted for scholarships for the 2023–2024 academic session overseas.
This information was disclosed on Monday at a selective interview process for the shortlisted candidates for MSc and PhD postgraduate studies by Mrs. Bolanle Kehinde-Agboola, Head, Oversees Scholarship Scheme at the PTDF.
She claimed that the selection process, which began on February 13, 2023, with advertisements in some national media calling qualified Nigerians to apply, was continuing with the selection interview.
“What is taking place here today is the interview for the scholarship that will be given to Nigerians for the academic year 2023-2024.
“More than 5,000 applications have been shortlisted to participate in the exercise, which is currently taking place in the six geopolitical zones.
“You must be a Nigerian to meet the first requirement. The applicant for the master’s programme must be enrolled in one of the oil and gas-related academic programmes, including engineering, geology, computer science, environmental science, and management.
“In order to be qualified, you must have at least a second-class upper in any of these fields,” she stated.
Kehinde-Agboola added that the agency would open the application windows for candidates to submit their applications at the end of the year.
Indicating that the main goal of the programme was to train people who would introduce innovation to the sector, she continued by stating that PTDF was an organisation with the capacity to improve and develop the oil and gas sector.
She continued by saying that another goal of the exercise was to provide the applicants with the abilities they would need to work successfully in the field.
“To learn the necessary skills, the candidates are sent abroad. This scholarship programme is now active in the UK, and we also have strategic partnerships with France, Germany, Malaysia, and China.
“This scholarship interview programme will be conducted around the country for one week, and the number of selected candidates will depend on the programme’s budget for this year.
“The agency has two different types of collaborations in this programme: the collaboration with the United Kingdom and the collaboration with strategic partnerships.”