The process for the award of the 2017/2018 PTDF scholarship scheme, both local and overseas, has commenced with the invitation of applications from suitably qualified candidates. The scholarships which are in MSc and PhD categories will be awarded for studies in the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, France, United States of America and Federal Universities and Centres of Excellence in Nigeria. 32 courses are approved for sponsorship to MSc while there are 9 priority areas for the award of PhD scholarship. They include Ship Building and Marine Technology, Refining Technology, Reservoir Engineering/ Production Technology, Renewable Energy, Civil and Marine Engineering. Others are Geology and Petroleum Geology, Flow Assurance and Pipe line Engineering, Marginal Fields development and Environmental Studies and Health Safety and Environment (HSE).
The Overseas Scholarship Scheme was instituted by the Petroleum Technology Fund as a short term measure to address identified skills gaps, pending the outcome of the various capacity building efforts being made to enable Nigerian universities effectively handle the task of training quality professionals in oil and gas related disciplines. As such, the Fund reserves the right to allocate prospective applicants to scholarships in institutions and fields/programmes targeted at filling those gaps.
Furthermore, with the numerous upgrade programmes executed by the Fund in some Federal Universities in Nigeria, emphasis has shifted to training Nigerians in-country. Consequently, only a limited number of candidates will be sponsored overseas and the rest in Nigerian Universities.