Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) is Building Capacities and Capabilities in Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Industry through the development of Human Capacities, Institutional Capacity Development as well as the promotion of Research and Acquisition of relevant technologies.

To serve as a vessel for the development of indigenous manpower and technology transfer acquisition in the petroleum industry as well as make Nigeria a human resource centre for the West African sub-region.

To train Nigerians to qualify as graduates, professionals, technicians and craftsmen in the field of engineering, geology, science and management in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria and abroad.

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. A minimum of Second Class Upper (2.1) qualification in their first degree or a Second Class Lower (2.2) with relevant industry experience
  2. Must have completed the mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC)
  3. Must be computer literate
  4. Possession of 5 O/level credits including English Language.


  1. Must have completed the mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC)
  2. Must be computer literate
  3. A minimum of Second Class Lower (2.2) in their first degree and a good second-degree certificate;
  4. 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);
  5. Applicants must also include their master’s degree project
  6. Admission letter.

Required Documents

Applicants are advised to scan copies of the following documents and attach to their online application forms:

  1. First Degree Certificate or Statement of Result
  2. NYSC discharge certificate
  3. WAEC/GCE/SSCE/NECO results as well as the PIN numbers on the application forms to enable PTDF view the O’level results on the relevant website).
  4. Recent Passport Photograph
  5. Local Government Identification Letter
  6. Master’s Degree Certificate (PhD Applicants only)
  7. Evidence of membership of professional associations

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  1. Applicants must have a National Identity Number (NIN) before applying for the scholarship. Applicants are also expected to upload a NIN Verification Report before completing the application. The report can be obtained from www.verifyme.ng (charges may apply).
  2. Ongoing PhD Applicants could only apply provided their Universities are among the PTDF Partnership Universities as listed above;
  3. Applicants who have benefitted from any of the PTDF scholarships in the past cannot apply for the same category of degree, except a higher degree;
  4. Applicants who are in possession of a higher degree cannot apply for the same type of degree;
  5. Applicants interested in German Institutions should choose Abuja as their preferred interview location;
  6. Applicants who are beneficiaries of any other scholarship need not apply;
  7. Applicants who successfully scale through the first round of screening will be requested to submit their transcripts; all applicants are therefore advised to prepare their transcripts for submission in anticipation of such a request.


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


S/NUniversityMasters ProgrammePhD Programme
1IFP 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 
2Ecole des Mines AlbiMaster Biomass and Waste for Energy and Materials 
3Ecole des Mines d’Ales IMT Disaster Management, environment, human and social sciences, Information et Communication Technologies 
4Ecole 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 
5Ecole 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 
6Institut Supérieur d’Électronique de Paris (ISEP)
ISEP Engineering Master Degree in computer Science 
7INSA Toulouse
Master in Fluids Engineering for Industrial Processes 
Advanced Master in Safety Engineering and Management 
Advanced Master on Innovative and secure IoT systems 
8ICSI Toulouse
Master in Safety Engineering and Management (HSE) 
9Arts et Metiers ParisTechPetroleum Geosciences & Engineering/ forage et Production 
MSc Knowledge Integration in Mechanical Production 
Master Degree in Materials and Engineering Sciences 
10ENSG LorraineMaster Subterranean Reservoirs of Energy : Hydrodynamics – Geophysics – Modeling 
11ENSGTI PauChemistry International Studies (Chem.I.St.) 
International Master “SIMOS“ : SIMulation and Optimization of energy Systems 
12ENSIC NancyChemistry 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 
13Université de Cergy-Pontoise  
MSc Internet of Things: Innovation and Management 
14CNAMMSc Ecotechnologies for Sustainability and Environment Management 
MSc  Energy Environment: Science Technology and Management – STEEM 
15Polytechnique PalaiseauMSc in Energy Management (MEM) 
MSc Synthesis, catalysis and sustainable chemistry 
Quantitative Finance 
16ESCP Europe
(Energy Management)
MSc Mechanical Engineering –  2nd year track : Environmental Fluid Mechanics (EFM) 
17University of Lyon 1Mechanical Engineering – 2nd year track Fluid Mechanics and Energetics – FMEMaterials

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

18EM LYON Business SchoolMaster in Sciences and Materials Engineering
Electrochemistry and Processes
19Université de Grenoble Alpes Grenoble INPMaster 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 
20Université de Pau et Pays de l’AdourM2 Mathematics, Modelling and Simulation (MMS) 
M2 Mechanics and Physics in Porous Media (MPPM)
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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


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
  4. Reservoir Engineering/Production Technology



1.Geospatial Engineering with Building Information Modelling (BIM)1 yearMSc
2.Composites3-4 yearsPhD
3.Power Electronics, Machines and Control3-4 yearsPhD
4.Geospatial and Geohazards3-4 yearsPhD
5.Advanced and Intelligent Manufacturing3-4 yearsPhD
6.Natural Resources and Environment3-4 yearsPhD
7.Artificial Intelligence and Optimisation3-4 yearsPhD
8.Advanced Energy and Environmental Materials & Technologies3-4 yearsPhD
9.Fluids and Thermal Engineering3-4 yearsPhD
10.Partial Differential Equations3-4 yearsPhD
11.Sensor Networks, Instrumentation, Data Analytics3-4 yearsPhD
12.Sustainability and Innovation for Integrated Built Environment3-4 yearsPhD
13.Information System3-4 yearsPhD
14.Operations and Supply Chain Management3-4 yearsPhD
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Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University 

s/nCourseDurationType of degree
1.Applied Informatics18 monthsMSc
2.Civil engineering18 monthsMSc
3.Operations & Supply Chain Management18 monthsMSc
4.Advanced Chemical Sciences18 monthsMRes
5.Computer Science18 monthsMRes
6.Low Carbon Electric Power & Energy Technology18 monthsMRes
7.Molecular Biosciences18 monthsMRes
8.Management18 monthsMRes
9.Biological Sciences3-4 yearsPHD
10.Chemistry3-4 yearsPHD
11.Civil Engineering3-4 yearsPHD
12.Computer Science & Software Engineering3-4 yearsPHD
13.Electrical & Electronic Engineering3-4 yearsPHD
14.Environmental Sciences3-4 yearsPHD

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  • 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 Systems Design
  • Vehicle Design
  • Advanced Engine Development
  • Advanced Materials and Processing
  • Manufacturing System Optimization
  • Energy Systems
  • Corrosion and Reliability
  • Friction Stir Welding
Electrical & Electronic
  • Intelligent Imaging
  • Communications
  • Industrial Automations
  • Sensor Technology
  • Energy Utilisation & Power System
  • System Level Integration
  • Electronic System Design
  • Power Electronics
  • Power Systems
  • Microelectronics
  • RF Systems
  • Structural Engineering
  • Off-shore Structures
  • Highway & Transportation Design
  • Environmental Engineering and Management
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Geographical Information System (GIS)
  • Construction and Project Management
  • Waste Water Engineering
  • Ionic Liquid
  • Bio-Fuel
  • Environment
  • Separation
  • Material Development
  • Advanced Process Control
  • Process System
  • Process Safety
  • Catalysis
  • Reactor Technology
Petroleum Geosciences
  • Rock Physics
  • Advanced Seismic Technology
  • Non-Seismic Methods
  • Integrated Basin Analysis
  • Reservoir Characterization, Modeling & Simulation
  • Carbonate Reservoir Characterization
  • Carbonate Sedimentology, Diagenesis and Sequence Stratigraphy
Fundamental & Applied Sciences / Science
  • Ionic Liquid
  • Bio-Fuel
  • Environment
  • Separation
  • Material Development
  • Advanced Process Control
  • Process System Engineering
  • Process Safety
  • Catalysis
  • Reactor Technology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Renewable Energy Systems (Solar Energy and Wind Energ
Computer and Information Sciences
  • Advanced Database and E-Commerce
  • Knowledge Management
  • Software Engineering
  • Multimedia
  • Data Comm. & Networking
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Network and Communication System
  • Enterprise Resource Information System
  • High Performance Computing
  • Cloud Computing
  • Green Computing
Petroleum Engineering
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Oil Field Chemical
  • Flow Assurance
  • Drilling Optimization
  • Drilling Fluid and Completion
  • Cementing Technology
  • Deep Reservoir (High Pressure High Temperature)
  • Unconventional Hydrocarbon

Deadline: January 15, 2020

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