The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) on the 28th of November 2018 caused to be published in national newspapers and the website advertisement inviting qualified Nigerians to apply for the 2019/2020 Overseas Postgraduate scholarship scheme (Msc/Phd) under PTDF Strategic Partnerships with Universities in the United Kingdom, Germany and France.The application period lasted for six weeks.

At the close of the application period, the Fund received a total of Nineteen thousand, three hundred and twenty-three (19,323) applications made up as follows:

(i)MSC Overseas Scholarship Scheme         15,822

(ii)PHD Overseas Scholarship Scheme        3,501

The physical oral Interview Exercise for shortlisted candidates in the two categories (MSc/PhD) is scheduled to hold from  Monday April 29 to May 10th, 2019 in six designated centres of the six geo-political zones as detailed below:

1. South-South University of Port-Harcourt, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State
2. South-West University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State
3. North-Central PTDF Tower, Opposite Yar’adua Centre, CBD, Abuja
4. South-East University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nsukka, Enugu State
5. North-East Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Bauchi State
6. North-West Kaduna State University

The establishment of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund by the Federal Government was a response to the failure of international oil companies to transfer knowledge, skills and technology to Nigerians after years of oil and gas exploration in Nigeria. The increasing capital flight coupled with little linkage between the economy and the oil and gas industry made it more imperative for the Federal Government to step in and take effective control of capacity building in the petroleum sector. The goal was to produce well-trained Nigerians that would take over the roles that were being played by expatriates in the oil and gas industry, thus ensuring the effective deployment of Nigerian professionals in the management and operational segments of the industry. The establishment of PTDF in 1973, which later became fully functional in 2000 was therefore the first major step by the Federal Government at institutionalizing the policy of local manpower development for the oil and gas industry.

The PTDF Overseas Scholarship Scheme has over the years succeeded in producing well trained, competent and skilled professional manpower for the various segments of the oil and gas industry.The areas of training include Engineering, Geology, Environmental Studies, Sciences, Management, Law, Accounting, Renewable Energy, Information Technology and offshore related courses.

A total of 4,816 Nigerians have so far benefitted from PTDF Overseas Scholarship Schemes as follows:

PhD = 1,449

MSc = 3,367

Kalu Otisi Esq.

Head,Press and External Relations, PTDF

April 25, 2019