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SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

Updated on Dec 18, 2014 5559 views
Since 2010, the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) has been supporting scholarships for one-year postgraduate degrees for applicants from Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers states. The objective of the scheme is to provide an opportunity for qualifying students from the three states to further their education in courses that are relevant to the oil and gas industry.

Ten scholarships are awarded annually, and these are in partnership with three  internationally recognised universities in the United Kingdom: Imperial College London, University College London and the University of Leeds.

The following courses qualify for the scholarship 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
  • MSc Civil Engineering
University of Leeds
  • MSc. Exploration Geophysics
  • MSc Electronic / Electrical Engineering
Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must:
  • display intellectual ability and leadership potential
  • meet the University’s English language requirements (usually at least 6.5 in IELTS or equivalent TOEFL score valid for Sept 2015 admission)
  • be between 21-28 years by 30/09/2015
  • be indigenes of Rivers, Delta or Bayelsa States (proof of this will be required)
  • currently reside in Nigeria
  • return and take up permanent residence in Nigeria after completion of the proposed programme of study
  • have obtained a university degree equivalent to a UK Second Class Upper (Honours Degree) at a minimum
  • not have studied previously in the UK or any other developed country
  • have a valid Nigerian passport valid till December, 2016
  • be neither current nor former employees (who have left employment less than 5 years before) of SPDC, the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies or Karamat Ltd
  • not be a spouse, child or ward of staff of Shell Companies in Nigeria or Karamat Ltd
  • The scholarship will cover tuition fees, one return flight ticket from Nigeria to the UK and a contribution towards living expenses only*.
Application Process
  • Submit application for admission to the respective University 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 an interview with a Consultant before being considered for final selection
  • Completed scholarship application forms must reach participating Universities not later than 23rd January 2015.
    The Scholarship will cover tuition fees, one return flight ticket from Nigeria to the UK and a contribution towards living expenses only.
    More information can be obtained at or through the individual universities
  • Please note that the stipends are based on the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) published living rates and are limited to this only.

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This article was written and edited by a staff writer.

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