The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (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 will be awarded scholarships to study in France/Germany/China/Malaysia commencing in the 2020/2021 academic session.  

The Scheme

Under this scheme, applicants are invited to apply through PTDF to specific programmes at the partner institutions in any of the countries (full list of sponsored courses is available on the scholarship portal  scholarship.ptdf.gov.ng). 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 (where applicable). 

Application Process

Please start the application process on our scholarship portal (scholarship.ptdf.gov.ng).

Selection Process, Criteria & Requirements

PTDF scholarships are highly competitive and only applicants who are outstanding across 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 applicants 
  • Membership of professional bodies
  • The viability of the study/research plan (PhD Applicants only).
  • 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 oil & gas industry and its expected impact on national development (MSc Applicants only).


  1. MSc
  1. A minimum of Second Class Upper (2.1) qualification in their first degree or a Second Class Lower (2.2) with relevant industry experience
  2. Must have completed the mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC)
  3. Must be computer literate
  4. Possession of 5 O/level credits including English Language. 
  1. PhD 
  1. Must have completed the mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC)
  2. Must be computer literate
  3. A minimum of Second Class Lower (2.2) in their first degree and a good second-degree certificate;
  4. 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 (sample template of the proposal is available on the scholarship portal ( scholarship.ptdf.gov.ng);
  5. Applicants must also include their master’s degree project
  6. Admission Letter

Required Documents 

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

  1. First Degree Certificate or Statement of Result
  2. NYSC discharge certificate
  3. WAEC/GCE/SSCE/NECO results.
  4. Recent Passport Photograph
  5. Local Government Identification Letter
  6. Master’s Degree Certificate (PhD Applicants only)
  7. Evidence of membership of professional associations


  1. Applicants must have a National Identity Number (NIN) before applying for the scholarship. Applicants are also expected to upload a NIN Verification Report before completing the application. The report can be obtained fromwww.verifyme.ng (charges may apply).
  1. Ongoing PhD Applicants could only apply provided their Universities are among the PTDF Partnership Universities as listed above;
  1. Applicants who have benefitted from any of the PTDF scholarships in the past cannot apply for the same category of degree, except a higher degree;
  1. Applicants who are in possession of a higher degree cannot apply for the same type of degree;
  1. Applicants interested in German Institutions should choose Abuja as their preferred interview location;
  1. Applicants who are beneficiaries of any other scholarship need not apply;
  1. Applicants 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.





Candidates may select up to 3 different courses (1st, 2nd and 3rd choice) in any University within the 4 countries.


S/NUniversityMasters ProgrammePhD Programme
1IFP School 
(Petroleum Engineering)
Specialized Master in Petroleum Geosciences Geology  
Specialized Master in Petroleum Geosciences Geophysics  
Specialized Master in Reservoir Geosciences and Engineering 
Specialized Master in Processes and Polymers 
Specialized Master in Petroleum Economics and Management 
Specialized Master in Petroleum Data Management 
2Ecole des Mines AlbiMaster Biomass and Waste for Energy and Materials 
3Ecole des Mines d’Ales IMT Disaster Management, environment, human and social sciences, Information et Communication Technologies 
4Ecole des Mines de Nantes IMT Atlantique 
(Engineering and environment)
Master in Project Management for Environmental and Energy Engineering (PM3E) 
Master in Process and Bioprocess Engineering – Project Management for Environmental & Energy Engineering (PM3E) 
MSc Management and Optimization of Supply Chains & Transport 
5Ecole Centrale de  Nantes 
Master in Applied Mechanics on Computational Structural Mechanics  
Master in Applied Mechanics on Design of Production and Systems  
Master in Applied Mechanics on Metallic and Composites Complex Assemblies  
Master in Control Engineering and Production Systems on Automatic control, Robotics, Signal and Image  
6Institut Supérieur d’Électronique de Paris (ISEP)  
ISEP Engineering Master Degree in computer Science 
7INSA Toulouse 
Master in Fluids Engineering for Industrial Processes 
Advanced Master in Safety Engineering and Management 
Advanced Master on Innovative and secure IoT systems 
8ICSI Toulouse 
Master in Safety Engineering and Management (HSE)  
9Arts et Metiers ParisTechPetroleum Geosciences & Engineering/ forage et Production 
MSc Knowledge Integration in Mechanical Production 
Master Degree in Materials and Engineering Sciences 
10ENSG LorraineMaster Subterranean Reservoirs of Energy : Hydrodynamics – Geophysics – Modeling  
11ENSGTI PauChemistry International Studies (Chem.I.St.) 
International Master “SIMOS“ : SIMulation and Optimization of energy Systems 
12ENSIC NancyChemistry International Studies 
 Sciences Po Paris 
(Political Science, Law and Business)
Master in International Energy 
Master in Environmental Policy 
Master of Science in Telecommunications and Networks 
17Université de Cergy-Pontoise  
MSc Internet of Things: Innovation and Management  
18CNAM MSc Ecotechnologies for Sustainability and Environment Management 
MSc  Energy Environment: Science Technology and Management – STEEM 
19Polytechnique PalaiseauMSc in Energy Management (MEM)  
MSc Synthesis, catalysis and sustainable chemistry 
Quantitative Finance 
20ESCP Europe 
(Energy Management)
MSc Mechanical Engineering –  2nd year track : Environmental Fluid Mechanics (EFM)  
21University of Lyon 1
Mechanical Engineering – 2nd year track Fluid Mechanics and Energetics – FME
MaterialsChemistry; Environment; Processes.Computer Science and Mathematics Physics and Astrophysics Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Automation Mechanical Engineering, Energetics, Civil Engineering and Acoustics Materials and process engineering 
22EM LYON Business SchoolMaster in Sciences and Materials Engineering 
 Electrochemistry and Processes
23Université de Grenoble Alpes Grenoble INPMaster in Sustainable Industrial Engineering 
 Master MSE – Program Biorefinery and Biomaterials 
Master CyberSecurity (CySec) 
Electrical Engineering  MISTRE 
MSc in Integration, Security and TRust in Embedded systems
Master of Science in Industrial and Applied Mathematics (MSIAM) 
Master in Hydraulic and Civil Engineering 
Geomechanics, Civil Engineering and Risks (GCER)  
Multiscale and Multiphysics Modeling for Electrical Engineering (3MEE) 
MSc in Chemistry  – five specialties 
Erasmus +  MSc  in Engineering and Engineering Sismology 
M2 Industry 4.0 
Master European and International Business Studies 
24Université de Pau et Pays de l’Adour M2 Mathematics, Modelling and Simulation (MMS) 
 M2 Mechanics and Physics in Porous Media (MPPM) 


Candidates for scholarships in Germany are at liberty to apply to any University in Germany

They are also required to register with the German Academic Exchange (DAAD) through the following link:  https://portal.daad.de/irj/portal 


MSC (2 years)

  1. Experimental Geosciences     
  2. Marine Geosciences      
  3. Process Engineering and Energy Technology   
  4. Electrical Engineering      
  5. Electrical Engineering      
  6. Materials Science and Engineering    
  7. Geophysics       
  8. Geospatial Technologies     
  9. Electrical Engineering      
  10. Environmental Sciences     
  11. Process, Energy, and Environmental Systems Engineering 
  12. Petroleum Engineering     
  13. Research in Computer & Systems Engineering   
  14. Applied & Environmental Geosciences    
  15. Power Engineering      
  16. Energy Science and Technology    

PHD (3 years)

  1. Geology and Petroleum Geology
  2. Civil and Marine Engineering (Marine Geosciences) 
  3. Renewable Energy 
  4. Reservoir Engineering/Production Technology 



1.Geospatial Engineering with Building Information Modelling (BIM)1 yearMSc
2.Composites3-4 yearsPhD
3.Power Electronics, Machines and Control 3-4 yearsPhD
4.Geospatial and Geohazards3-4 yearsPhD
5.Advanced and Intelligent Manufacturing3-4 yearsPhD
6.Natural Resources and Environment3-4 yearsPhD
7.Artificial Intelligence and Optimisation3-4 yearsPhD
8.Advanced Energy and Environmental Materials & Technologies3-4 yearsPhD
9.Fluids and Thermal Engineering3-4 yearsPhD
10.Partial Differential Equations3-4 yearsPhD
11.Sensor Networks, Instrumentation, Data Analytics3-4 yearsPhD
12.Sustainability and Innovation for Integrated Built Environment3-4 yearsPhD
13.Information System3-4 yearsPhD
14.Operations and Supply Chain Management3-4 yearsPhD

2. Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

s/nCourseDurationType of degree
1.Applied Informatics18 monthsMSc
2.Civil engineering18 monthsMSc
3.Operations & Supply Chain Management18 monthsMSc
4.Advanced Chemical Sciences18 monthsMRes
5.Computer Science18 monthsMRes
6.Low Carbon Electric Power & Energy Technology18 monthsMRes
7.Molecular Biosciences18 monthsMRes
8.Management18 monthsMRes
9.Biological Sciences3-4 yearsPHD
10.Chemistry3-4 yearsPHD
11.Civil Engineering3-4 yearsPHD
12.Computer Science & Software Engineering3-4 yearsPHD
13.Electrical & Electronic Engineering3-4 yearsPHD
14.Environmental Sciences3-4 yearsPHD


  • Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS


Masters by Coursework and Dissertation (12 Months)

MSc in Drilling Engineering    MBA in Energy Management 

MSc in Offshore Engineering    MSc in Petroleum Geosciences 

MSc in Asset Management and Maintenance  MSc in Electronic Systems Engineering

MSc in Petroleum Engineering    MSc in Process Integration

MSc in Process Safety 

Masters by Research (12 Months)

MSc in Chemical Engineering      MSc in Civil Engineering

MSc in Electrical Engineering       MSc in Information Technology

MSc in Information Systems   MSc of Science

MPhil in Management     MSc in Chemical Engineering

PHD (36 Months)

PhD in Chemical Engineering    PhD in Civil Engineering

PhD in EE Engineering    PhD in Information Technology

PhD in Information Systems   PhD in Mechanical Engineering

PhD in Petroleum Engineering   PhD in Petroleum Geosciences

PhD in Science     PhD in Management

PhD in Chemical Engineering 

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