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About the Scholarship:

The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) is a Federal Government agency with the mandate of developing indigenous human capacity and petroleum technology to meet the needs of the oil and gas industry, invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for Overseas MSc and PhD Scholarships to institutions under its strategic partnership initiative. Successful candidates will be awarded scholarships to study in France/Germany/China/Malaysia commencing in the 2020/2021 academic session. Under this scheme, applicants are invited to apply through PTDF to specific programmes at the partner institutions in any of the countries. The award includes the provision of flight tickets, payment of health insurance, payment of tuition and bench fees (where applicable) as well as the provision of allowances to meet the costs of accommodation and living expenses. The programmes will also include language classes to aid scholars settle into their new environments (where applicable). 

How to apply

Visit scholarship.ptdf.gov.ng to create an account with your email and phone number.

Required Documents 

You will be required to scan and attach the following documents:

  1. First Degree Certificate or Statement of Result
  2. NYSC discharge certificate
  3. WAEC/GCE/SSCE/NECO results.
  4. Recent Passport Photograph
  5. Local Government Identification Letter
  6. Master’s Degree Certificate (PhD Applicants only)
  7. Evidence of membership of professional associations

Selection Process, Criteria & Requirements

PTDF scholarships are highly competitive and only applicants who are outstanding across board are selected. A selection committee will be constituted to assess applications using the following criteria;  

  • Academic merit as evidenced by quality of degrees, full academic transcripts, other professional qualifications acquired, and relevant publications to be referenced by applicants 
  • Membership of professional bodies
  • The viability of the study/research plan (PhD Applicants only).
  • Applicants are required to make a case for their scholarship by submitting a statement of purpose (maximum 500 words) stating the reason(s) they want to undertake the study, the relevance of the proposed study to the oil & gas industry and its expected impact on national development (MSc Applicants only).


  1. MSc
  2. A minimum of Second Class Upper (2.1) qualification in their first degree or a Second Class Lower (2.2) with relevant industry experience
  3. Must have completed the mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC)
  4. Must be computer literate
  • PhD 
  • Must have completed the mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC)
  • Must be computer literate
  • A minimum of Second Class Lower (2.2) in their first degree and a good second-degree certificate;
  • Must submit a research proposal relevant to the oil and gas industry (of not more than 5 pages) to include: Topic, introduction, objective, methodology and mode of data collection (sample template of the proposal is available on the scholarship portal ( scholarship.ptdf.gov.ng);
  • Applicants must also include their master’s degree project
  • Admission Letter


Candidates may select up to 3 different courses (1st, 2nd and 3rd choice) in any University within the 4 countries.


S/N University Masters Programme PhD Programme
1 IFP School
(Petroleum Engineering)
Specialized Master in Petroleum Geosciences Geology   
Specialized Master in Petroleum Geosciences Geophysics   
Specialized Master in Reservoir Geosciences and Engineering  
Specialized Master in Processes and Polymers  
Specialized Master in Petroleum Economics and Management  
Specialized Master in Petroleum Data Management  
2 Ecole des Mines Albi Master Biomass and Waste for Energy and Materials  
3 Ecole des Mines d’Ales IMT  Disaster Management, environment, human and social sciences, Information et Communication Technologies  
4 Ecole des Mines de Nantes IMT Atlantique
(Engineering and environment)
Master in Project Management for Environmental and Energy Engineering (PM3E)  
Master in Process and Bioprocess Engineering – Project Management for Environmental & Energy Engineering (PM3E)  
MSc Management and Optimization of Supply Chains & Transport  
5 Ecole Centrale de  Nantes
Master in Applied Mechanics on Computational Structural Mechanics   
Master in Applied Mechanics on Design of Production and Systems   
Master in Applied Mechanics on Metallic and Composites Complex Assemblies   
Master in Control Engineering and Production Systems on Automatic control, Robotics, Signal and Image   
6 Institut Supérieur d’Électronique de Paris (ISEP) 
ISEP Engineering Master Degree in computer Science  
7 INSA Toulouse
Master in Fluids Engineering for Industrial Processes  
Advanced Master in Safety Engineering and Management  
Advanced Master on Innovative and secure IoT systems  
8 ICSI Toulouse
Master in Safety Engineering and Management (HSE)   
9 Arts et Metiers ParisTech Petroleum Geosciences & Engineering/ forage et Production  
MSc Knowledge Integration in Mechanical Production  
Master Degree in Materials and Engineering Sciences  
10 ENSG Lorraine Master Subterranean Reservoirs of Energy : Hydrodynamics – Geophysics – Modeling   
11 ENSGTI Pau Chemistry International Studies (Chem.I.St.)  
International Master “SIMOS“ : SIMulation and Optimization of energy Systems  
12 ENSIC Nancy Chemistry International Studies  
  Sciences Po Paris
(Political Science, Law and Business)
Master in International Energy  
Master in Environmental Policy  
Master of Science in Telecommunications and Networks  
17 Université de Cergy-Pontoise    
MSc Internet of Things: Innovation and Management   
18 CNAM  MSc Ecotechnologies for Sustainability and Environment Management  
MSc  Energy Environment: Science Technology and Management – STEEM  
19 Polytechnique Palaiseau MSc in Energy Management (MEM)   
MSc Synthesis, catalysis and sustainable chemistry  
Quantitative Finance  
20 ESCP Europe
(Energy Management)
MSc Mechanical Engineering –  2nd year track : Environmental Fluid Mechanics (EFM)   
21 University of Lyon 1
Mechanical Engineering – 2nd year track Fluid Mechanics and Energetics – FME
Materials Chemistry; Environment; Processes. Computer Science and Mathematics  Physics and Astrophysics  Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Automation  Mechanical Engineering, Energetics, Civil Engineering and Acoustics  Materials and process engineering  
22 EM LYON Business School Master in Sciences and Materials Engineering
 Electrochemistry and Processes
23 Université de Grenoble Alpes Grenoble INP Master in Sustainable Industrial Engineering  
 Master MSE – Program Biorefinery and Biomaterials  
Master CyberSecurity (CySec)  
Electrical Engineering  MISTRE
MSc in Integration, Security and TRust in Embedded systems
Master of Science in Industrial and Applied Mathematics (MSIAM)  
Master in Hydraulic and Civil Engineering  
Geomechanics, Civil Engineering and Risks (GCER)   
Multiscale and Multiphysics Modeling for Electrical Engineering (3MEE)  
MSc in Chemistry  – five specialties  
Erasmus +  MSc  in Engineering and Engineering Sismology  
M2 Industry 4.0  
Master European and International Business Studies  
24 Université de Pau et Pays de l’Adour   M2 Mathematics, Modelling and Simulation (MMS)  
  M2 Mechanics and Physics in Porous Media (MPPM)  


Candidates for scholarships in Germany are at liberty to apply to any University in Germany

They are also required to register with the German Academic Exchange (DAAD) through the following link:  https://portal.daad.de/irj/portal 

Follow the link to view guidelines on applications to Germany:  Call for Scholarship Applications for 2020 in Germany 


MSC (2 years)

  1. Experimental Geosciences     
  2. Marine Geosciences      
  3. Process Engineering and Energy Technology   
  4. Electrical Engineering      
  5. Electrical Engineering      
  6. Materials Science and Engineering    
  7. Geophysics       
  8. Geospatial Technologies     
  9. Electrical Engineering      
  10. Environmental Sciences     
  11. Process, Energy, and Environmental Systems Engineering 
  12. Petroleum Engineering     
  13. Research in Computer & Systems Engineering   
  14. Applied & Environmental Geosciences    
  15. Power Engineering      
  16. Energy Science and Technology    

PHD (3 years)

  1. Geology and Petroleum Geology
  2. Civil and Marine Engineering (Marine Geosciences) 
  3. Renewable Energy 

Reservoir Engineering/Production Technology 



1. Geospatial Engineering with Building Information Modelling (BIM) 1 year MSc
2. Composites 3-4 years PhD
3. Power Electronics, Machines and Control  3-4 years PhD
4. Geospatial and Geohazards 3-4 years PhD
5. Advanced and Intelligent Manufacturing 3-4 years PhD
6. Natural Resources and Environment 3-4 years PhD
7. Artificial Intelligence and Optimisation 3-4 years PhD
8. Advanced Energy and Environmental Materials & Technologies 3-4 years PhD
9. Fluids and Thermal Engineering 3-4 years PhD
10. Partial Differential Equations 3-4 years PhD
11. Sensor Networks, Instrumentation, Data Analytics 3-4 years PhD
12. Sustainability and Innovation for Integrated Built Environment 3-4 years PhD
13. Information System 3-4 years PhD
14. Operations and Supply Chain Management 3-4 years PhD

2. Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

s/n Course Duration Type of degree
1. Applied Informatics 18 months MSc
2. Civil engineering 18 months MSc
3. Operations & Supply Chain Management 18 months MSc
4. Advanced Chemical Sciences 18 months MRes
5. Computer Science 18 months MRes
6. Low Carbon Electric Power & Energy Technology 18 months MRes
7. Molecular Biosciences 18 months MRes
8. Management 18 months MRes
9. Biological Sciences 3-4 years PHD
10. Chemistry 3-4 years PHD
11. Civil Engineering 3-4 years PHD
12. Computer Science & Software Engineering 3-4 years PHD
13. Electrical & Electronic Engineering 3-4 years PHD
14. Environmental Sciences 3-4 years PHD


  • Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS


Masters by Coursework and Dissertation (12 Months)

MSc in Drilling Engineering    MBA in Energy Management 

MSc in Offshore Engineering    MSc in Petroleum Geosciences 

MSc in Asset Management and Maintenance  MSc in Electronic Systems Engineering

MSc in Petroleum Engineering    MSc in Process Integration

MSc in Process Safety 

Masters by Research (12 Months)

MSc in Chemical Engineering      MSc in Civil Engineering

MSc in Electrical Engineering       MSc in Information Technology

MSc in Information Systems   MSc of Science

MPhil in Management     MSc in Chemical Engineering

PHD (36 Months)

PhD in Chemical Engineering    PhD in Civil Engineering

PhD in EE Engineering    PhD in Information Technology

PhD in Information Systems   PhD in Mechanical Engineering

PhD in Petroleum Engineering   PhD in Petroleum Geosciences

PhD in Science     PhD in Management

PhD in Chemical Engineering 

Research Areas
Mechanical Mechanical Systems DesignVehicle DesignAdvanced Engine DevelopmentAdvanced Materials and ProcessingManufacturing System OptimizationEnergy SystemsCorrosion and ReliabilityFriction Stir Welding Electrical & Electronic Intelligent ImagingCommunicationsIndustrial AutomationsSensor TechnologyEnergy Utilisation & Power SystemSystem Level IntegrationElectronic System DesignPower ElectronicsPower SystemsMicroelectronicsRF Systems
Civil Structural EngineeringOff-shore StructuresHighway & Transportation DesignEnvironmental Engineering and ManagementGeotechnical EngineeringWater Resources EngineeringGeographical Information System (GIS)Construction and Project ManagementWaste Water Engineering Chemical Ionic LiquidBio-FuelEnvironmentSeparationMaterial DevelopmentAdvanced Process ControlProcess SystemProcess SafetyCatalysisReactor Technology
Petroleum Geosciences Rock PhysicsAdvanced Seismic TechnologyNon-Seismic MethodsIntegrated Basin AnalysisReservoir Characterization, Modeling & SimulationCarbonate Reservoir CharacterizationCarbonate Sedimentology, Diagenesis and Sequence Stratigraphy   Fundamental & Applied Sciences / Science Ionic LiquidBio-FuelEnvironmentSeparationMaterial DevelopmentAdvanced Process ControlProcess System EngineeringProcess SafetyCatalysisReactor TechnologyNanotechnologyRenewable Energy Systems (Solar Energy and Wind Energ
Computer and Information Sciences Advanced Database and E-CommerceKnowledge ManagementSoftware EngineeringMultimediaData Comm. & NetworkingArtificial IntelligenceNetwork and Communication SystemEnterprise Resource Information SystemHigh Performance ComputingCloud ComputingGreen Computing     Petroleum Engineering Enhanced Oil RecoveryOil Field ChemicalFlow AssuranceDrilling OptimizationDrilling Fluid and CompletionCementing TechnologyDeep Reservoir (High Pressure High Temperature)Unconventional Hydrocarbon

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