26 January 2019, Sweetcrude, Abuja — The Petroleum Technology Development Fund, PTDF, Friday, stated that 27,474 candidates applied for its various local and overseas scholarship programmes for the 2019/2020 academic year.
In a statement by the Head of its Press and External Relations Unit, Mr. Kalu Otisi, the PTDF said these include application for the Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme under PTDF Strategic Partnership with universities in UK, Germany, and France, and applications for the Undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D. Scholarship awards in Nigerian Federal Universities under PTDF Local Scholarship Scheme.
Otisi averred that the application window for the Overseas Scholarship Scheme closed on December 31st, 2018 while that of the Local Scholarship (LSS) expired on the 16th of November 2018, adding that the application period for both schemes lasted six weeks respectively.
He said, “A breakdown of the applications indicate that 15,822 applied for the Overseas Scholarship Scheme in the MSc category, while 3,501 applications were received for the Ph.D. scholarship award. Of the 8,151 that applied for the PTDF Local Scholarship Scheme, 3,740 were for the Undergraduate award, 3,393 for MSc and 1,017 for Ph.D.
“The next stage of the processing is the screening of candidates for interview shortlist. This will be based on the following criteria; class of degree, O-level grades, and strength of personal statement. Only those who meet the minimum requirements for each category of the programme and those who possess the best credentials based on the strength and quality of their qualifications and relevance of their proposed study to the Fund’s mandate and the oil and gas industry will be invited for interviews at a date to be announced by the Fund.”
Otisi advised applicants to look out for notifications from PTDF for further information in respect of their applications.