PTDF –  The Federal Government agency with the mandate of developing indigenous human capacity and petroleum technology to meet the needs of the oil and gas industry, invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for Overseas MSc and PhD Scholarships to institutions under its strategic partnership initiative. 

Successful candidates of PTDF will be awarded scholarships to study in Germany/France/China commencing in the 2018/2019 academic session.

Successful candidates of PTDF will be awarded scholarships to study in Germany/France/China commencing in the 2018/2019 academic session.

The Strategic Partnership Scholarship

The Strategic Partnership Scholarship was developed to improve the Funds’ Overseas Scholarship Scheme by offering candidates the opportunity to benefit from a diversified pool of knowledge and the facilities offered by world-class institutions across the globe.

In recognition of the fact that the best education can be found on numerous shores, the Fund has sought out strategic partnerships in Germany, France and China where candidates are offered the opportunity to study in English-taught classes and conduct research in world-class facilities where they will also have the opportunity of experiencing new cultures and work environments.

Under this scheme, candidates are invited to apply through PTDF to specific programmes at the partner institutions in any of the three countries (full list of sponsored courses is available below). The award includes the provision of flight tickets, payment of health insurance, payment of tuition and bench fees (where applicable) as well as the provision of allowances to meet the costs of accommodation and living expenses.

The programmes will also include language classes to aid scholars settle into their new environments. Please note that the Fund will be responsible for obtaining admissions for the candidates to their selected programmes.

Application Process For The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) 2018/2019

  • Application Forms can be obtained via this link  However applicants are advised to read through the requirements below before applying.
  • Selection Process, Criteria & Requirements
  • PTDF scholarships are highly competitive and only candidates who are outstanding across the board are selected. A selection committee will be constituted to assess applications using the following criteria;
  •     Academic merit as evidenced by quality of degrees, full academic transcripts, other professional qualifications acquired, and relevant publications to be referenced by applicant (PhD applicants only)
  •     Membership of professional bodies
  •     The viability of the study/research plan.
  •     Applicants are required to make a case for their scholarship by submitting a statement of purpose (maximum 500 words) stating the reason(s) they want to undertake the study, the relevance of the proposed study to the industry and its expected impact on national development.

Level Requirements


  •     A minimum of Second Class Upper (2.1) qualification in their first degree or a Second Class Lower (2.2) with relevant industry experience
  •     Must have completed the mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC)
  •     Must be computer literate
  •     Possession of 5 O/level credits including English Language.
  •     Must have completed the mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC)
  •     Must be computer literate
  •     A minimum of Second Class Lower (2.2) in their first degree and a good second degree certificate;
  •     Must submit a research proposal relevant to the oil and gas industry (of not more than 5 pages) to include: Topic, introduction, objective, methodology and mode of data collection;
  •     Applicants must also include their masters degree project
Requirements Documents

Applicants are advised to scan copies of the following documents and attach to their online application forms:

  •     First Degree Certificate or Statement of Result
  •     NYSC discharge certificate
  •     WAEC/GCE/SSCE/NECO results as well as the PIN numbers on the application forms to enable PTDF view the O’level results on the relevant website).
  •     Recent Passport Photograph
  •     Local Government Identification Letter
  •     Master’s Degree Certificate (PhD Applicants only)
  •     Evidence of membership of professional associations
Candidates who successfully scale through the first round of screening will be requested to submit their transcripts; all applicants are therefore advised to prepare their transcripts for submission in anticipation of such a request.


Important Note: Applicants should maintain a valid e-mail address during the entire application process, as most of our information is communicated electronically.

Documents required to be uploaded for the ptdf Scholarship
  1. A passport photograph. JPEG or PNG of not more than 200kb. There are free tools online to assist with this.- PicResize
  2. A valid email address.
  3. Scanned copies of the following:
  • A/O Levels
  • First Degree
  • Second Degree (PhD.)
  • NYSC
  •  Birth Certificate
  • Indigene Letter
Information Subject to Change

The policies, requirements, offerings, timelines, activities and fees set forth on this site do not form a contract of any kind and are subject to change without notice at any time at the sole discretion of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF). Such changes may be of any nature, including, but not limited to, the content of any of the aforementioned.

Help and Support

Applicants should maintain a valid e-mail address during the entire application process, as most of our information is communicated electronically.


Candidates may select up to 3 different courses (1st,2nd and 3rd choice) in any country or university, but are not to contact the schools directly for admissions as they will be placed in relevant universities by the PTDF.


French Institute of Petroleum (IFP)

MSc (2 years)

  •     Energy and products
  •     Energy and markets
  •     Petroleum Economics and Management
  •     Energy and Processes
  •     Processes and Polymers
  •     Petroleum Geosciences
  •     Reservoir Geoscience and Engineering
  •     Petroleum Engineering and Project Development
  •     Petroleum Data Management
University of Grenoble

MSc (2 years)

  •     Applied Mechanics
  •     Civil Engineering
  •     Mechanical Engineering
  •     Fluid Mechanics and Energetics
  •     Advanced Mechatronics
  •     Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  •     Chemistry
  •     Biochemistry
  •     Polymers for Advanced Technology
University of Lyon

MSc (2 years)

  •     Synthesis, Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry
  •     Instrument Development for Micro and Nanotechnologies
  •     Renewable Energy and Efficient Management of Electrical Energy
 PhD (3 years)
  •     Materials
  •     Chemistry; Environment; Processes.
  •     Computer Science and Mathematics
  •     Physics and Astrophysics
  •     Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Automation
  •     Mechanical Engineering, Energetics, Civil Engineering and Acoustics
  •     Materials and process engineering
University Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)

MSc (2 years)

  •     Master of Physics and Applications
  •     Master of Engineering
  •     Master of Chemistry
  •     SDUEE specialty Ocean, Atmosphere, Climate and Remote Sensing
  •     Informatics specialty Networks
  •     Fluid mechanics, foundations and applications
PhD (3 years)
  •     Physical and analytical chemistry
  •     Mechanical Engineering
  •     Environmental sciences
  •     Geosciences, natural resources and environment
  •     Process Engineering

Candidates for scholarships in Germany are also required to register    with the German Academic Exchange through the following link:

MSC (2 years)

  • Experimental Geosciences     Bayreuth University
  • Marine Geoscience     Bremen University
  • Process Engineering and Energy Technology     HS Bremerhaven
  • Electrical Engineering     HS Darmstadt
  • Electrical Engineering     HS Kempten
  • Materials Science and Engineering     Kiel University
  • Geophysics     LMU Munich
  • Geospatial Technologies     Muenster University
  • Electrical Engineering     Rostock University
  • Environmental Sciences     Trier University
  • Process, Energy, and Environmental Systems Engineering     TU Berlin
  • Petroleum Engineering     TU Clausthal
  • Research in Computer & Systems Engineering     TU Ilmenau
  • Applied & Environmental Geoscience     Tuebingen University
  • Power Engineering     TUM
  • Energy Science and Technology     Ulm University
PHD (3 years)

Geology and Petroleum Geology

  •     TU Clausthal (Clausthal University of Technology)
  •     University of Cologne
  •     University of Göttingen
  •     Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich
Civil and Marine Engineering (Marine Geosciences)
  •     Kiel University
Renewable Energy
  •     Kiel University
  •     University of Oldenburg
Reservoir Engineering/Production Technology
  •     TU Clausthal (Clausthal University of Technology)


China University of Petroleum, Beijing

MSc (3 years)

  •     Chemical Engineering and Technology
  •     Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
  •     Environmental Engineering
  •     Geological Resources and Geological Engineering
  •     Management Science and Engineering
 PhD (3 years)
  •     Chemical Engineering and Technology
  •     Environmental Chemical Engineering
  •     Oil-Gas Storage and Transportation Engineering
  •     Thermal Energy Engineering
  •     Material Science
  •     Management Science and Engineering
Xian Shiyou University

MSc (2 years)

  •     Oil-Gas Well Engineering
  •     Oil-Gas Field Exploitation Engineering
  •     Earth Exploration & Information Technology
  •     Mineralogy, Petrology and Ore Deposit Geology
  •     Geological Engineering
  •     Chemical Techniques
  •     Chemical Engineering
  •     Industrial Catalysis
Jilin University

PhD (3 years)

  •     Groundwater Science and Engineering
  •     Environmental Science and Engineering

Changchun University of Science & Technology (CUST)

MSc (2 years)

  •     Computer Technology
  •     Software Engineering
  •     Mechanical Engineering

PhD (3 years)

  •     Electronic Science & Technology
  •     Material Science & Engineering
  •     Computer Science & technology
  •     Information & Communication Engineering
  •     Mechanical Engineering

China University of Geosciences, Wuhan

MSc (2 years)

  •     Oil and Natural Gas Engineering
  •     Envrionmental Engineering

PhD (3 Years)

  •     Oil and Natural Gas Engineering
  •     Environmental Engineering
  •     Petroleum & Gas Storage & Transportation Engineering.




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