The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) invites applications for the third annual SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme for applicants from Rivers, Delta and Bayelsa States to study in the UK. In the three years of the programme, 40 students have benefitted from the opportunity to study at world-renowned institutions.
The objective of the scheme is to provide an opportunity for qualifying students from the three Niger Delta States to further their education in courses that are relevant to the oil and gas industry.
SPDC will award 10 scholarships for one-year M.Sc studies in partnership with three universities in the UK—Imperial College London, University College, London and the University of Leeds for the academic year commencing September 2014.
Number of Available Scholarships: 10
Eligible Courses and Universities: Scholarships are only tenable in three UK universities as listed below with courses that can be sponsored in each school.
Worth of Scholarship: The scholarship will cover tuition fees, one return flight ticket from Nigeria to the UK and a contribution towards living expenses only.
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 University’s English language requirements (usually at least 6.5 in IELTS or equivalent TOEFL score valid for Sept 2014, admission)
  • be between 21-28 years by 30/09/2014
  • be indigenes of Rivers, Delta or Bayelsa States (proof of this will be required)
  • currently reside in Nigeria
  • return and take up permanent residence in Nigeria after completion of the proposed programme of study
  • have obtained a university degree equivalent to a UK Second Class Upper (Honours Degree) at a minimum
  • not have studied previously in the UK or any other developed country
  • have a valid Nigerian passport valid till December, 2015
  • be neither current nor former employees (who have left employment less than 5 years before) of SPDC, the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies or Karamat Ltd
  • not be a spouse, child or ward of staff of Shell Companies in Nigeria or Karamat Ltd.

Application Process

  • 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
  • Universities will process applications and select candidates to attend an interview with a Consultant before being considered for final selection
  • Completed scholarship application forms must reach participating universities not later than January 24, 2014.

Deadline: Completed scholarship application forms must reach participating universities no later than January 24, 2014.
If you have any questions about applying, please email: [email protected] or through the individual universities.
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You can find more information about Leeds MSc Exploration Geophysics and MSc Electronic/Electrical Engineering (click for details)
You can find more information about applying to the University College London (click for details)
You can find more information about applying to Imperial College London (click for details).