2017 Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) is delighted to announce the seventh annual SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme for applicants from Rivers, Delta, Imo and Bayelsa States. The objective of the scheme is to provide an opportunity for qualifying students from these Niger Delta states to further their education in courses that are relevant to the oil and gas industry.
In the six years of this programme, 60 students have won the opportunity to study at top-rated universities in the UK on an all-expenses-paid scholarship.
For the academic year commencing September 2017, SPDC in partnership with three universities in the UK–Imperial College London, University College, London and the University of Leeds—will award ten scholarships for one year post-graduate MSc studies.
The following courses qualify for award of scholarships at the three institutions
Imperial College London
MSc PETROLEUM ENGINEERING
MSc PETROLEUM GEOSCIENCE
MSc PETROLEUM GEOPHYSICS
University College London
MSc CHEMICAL/PROCESS ENGINEERING
MSc MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (Rotating Equipment or Metallurgy)
MSc CIVIL ENGINEERING (Geotechnics)
University Of Leeds
MSc EXPLORATION GEOPHYSICS
MSc ELECTRONIC/ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must:
Display sound intellectual ability and leadership potentials
Meet the individual universities’ English Language requirements (usually at least 6.5 in IELTS score valid for Sept. 2017 admission). Please note that TOEFL is no longer recognised by most UK universities. Candidates are advised that failure to meet each university’s English Language requirement at the time of selection may invalidate their application.
Be aged between 21-28 years by 30/09/2017
Be an indigene of Rivers, Delta, Imo or Bayelsa states (documentary proof of this will be required and will be verified)
Currently reside in Nigeria
Return to Nigeria on completion of the proposed programme of study
Have obtained a university degree (at least of equivalent standard to a UK Second Class Upper (Honours degree)
Not have studied previously in the UK or any other developed country
Have a Nigerian international passport valid to end December 2018
Be neither a current nor former employee (who has left employment less than 5 years before) of SPDC or the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies
Not be a spouse, child or ward of staff of Shell Companies in Nigeria
Submit application for admission to the any of the prospective universities for any of the qualifying courses
Application forms for the scholarship will ONLY be available through the websites of the participating universities following an offer of admission by the university
Universities will process applications and select candidates to attend interviews before being considered for final selection
Completed scholarship application forms must reach participating universities not later than 30th January 2017.
The scholarship will cover tuition fees, one economy return flight ticket from Nigeria to the UK and a contribution towards living expenses only*.
MORE INFORMATION ON SPECIFIC COURSE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS CAN BE OBTAINED from the websites of the individual universities.