As part of efforts to achieve the goals of Vision 20:2020 and the Transformation Agenda, the Federal Government of Nigeria plans  to develop a critical mass of professionals who would serve as catalysts of change and agents of scientific and technological advancement, as well as sustainable economic development. This would be achieved through the sponsorship of outstanding students for postgraduate studies in the top 25 universities in the world. To this end, the Federal Government has instituted the Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development.
Eligibility Criteria for the Scheme
Interested candidates should:
1.      be graduates from the 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 academic sessions, who would have completed their National Youth Service by May 2012;
2.      have obtained First Class Honours degree from any recognized and approved University in the following disciplines and aim at postgraduate degrees in the specified and allied disciplines:
a.      Sciences: Nuclear Physics, Operations Research, Industrial Chemistry, Quantitative Genetics, etc
b.      Basic Medical Sciences: Anatomy, Physiology,  Medical Biochemistry, etc;
c.      Special Aspects of Biology: Biometrics, Molecular Biology, etc;
d.      Economics: Econometrics, Development Economics, etc;
e.      Engineering & Technology: Aeronautical Engineering, Mechatronics, Metallurgy, Material Science and Production Engineering, Nanotechnology, Cyber-Security, Software Engineering, etc;
f.       Medicine: Oncology, Human Genetics, Hepatology, Nuclear Medicine, Geriatrics, etc;
*In the case of Medicine, candidates must have a minimum of 2 Distinctions in their Part 3 and Part 4 MBBS examinations;
In all cases, candidates must:
(a)  be below  30 years of age by July 2012;
(b)  be computer literate; and
(c)  be ready to be bonded and to work, preferably, as academic staff in any public university or research institute for a minimum period of five (5) years.
Please note that universities in the United States of America require candidates to sit for the Graduate Record Exams (GRE) before they can secure admission.
Method of Application
Interested candidates should visit www.nuc.edu.ng and click on ‘Apply for PRESSID’ link (banner or menu) to complete the application. For further enquiries, please contact the Committee through [email protected] on or before 30th July, 2012.
Deadline: July 30, 2012
Only shortlisted candidate will be invited for further screening.
For more information, and to apply, click here

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