2015 Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) is delighted to announce the sixth annual SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme for applicants from Rivers, Delta 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 five years of this programme, 50 students have so far benefitted from the opportunity to study at top rated Universities in the UK on an all expenses paid scholarship.

For the academic year commencing September 2015, SPDC will award ten scholarships for one year MSc studies in partnership with three Universities in the UK – 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 individual University’s English language requirements (usually at least 6.5 in IELTS score valid for Sept 2015 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 first time at the time of selection will invalidate their application.

– Be aged between 21-28 years by 30th September, 2015

–  Be an indigene of Rivers, Delta or Bayelsa States (documentary proof of this will be required)

–  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 2016

– Be neither a current nor former employee (who has left employment less than 5 years before) of SPDC, the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies, SCS or Karamat ltd;

–  Not be a spouse, child or ward of staff of Shell Companies in Nigeria, SCS or Karamat ltd


Completed scholarship application forms must reach participating Universities not later than 23rd January, 2015

Method of Application

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

–  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: [email protected] 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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