APPLY NOW! 2017/2018 Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Scholarship Scheme (Overseas & Local)

The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) is a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources established by law for the purpose of developing and promoting petroleum technology and for creating the human resource needs of the oil and gas industry through research and training of Nigerians.

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To ensure a steadfast implementation of this mandate, PTDF is inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates for Overseas and in-country MSc and PhD Scholarships.   Awards will be granted for studies in the 2017/2018 academic session in the United Kingdom  , Germany, Brazil, France (through Campus France), Top Institutions in the United States of America as well as Federal Universities and Centres of Excellence in Nigeria.

For Institutions in the United Kingdom, click here

For Institutions in Germany, click here

For Institutions in Brazil, click here

For Institutions in France (through Campus France) and the United States of America, click here

Application forms can be accessed online here using an ATM (Interswitch, Master & Visa) card or through purchase of a scratch card from designated main branches of First Bank of Nigeria Plc in all the 36 States and FCT, upon payment of a NON-REFUNDABLE sum of N1,000 (One Thousand Naira Only). Instructions on how to access the form online is clearly stated on the backside of the cards.

Applicants may please note that only those who meet the requirements below shall be shortlisted and invited for a Computer Based Aptitude Test, in the case of MSc applicants, while oral interview will be conducted for PhD applicants (full time and Split-site) on dates to be announced later. Following the aptitude tests and interview, successful candidates will be selected and awarded the PTDF Scholarship.

The Split-Site PhD Programme please click on this link (Split PhD).


 Applicants for OSS must be in possession of the following:
  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)(USA)
  2. G.R.E (Graduate Record Examination) (USA)
  3. GMAT –for Management related courses (USA)
  4. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (UK


  1. A minimum of Second Class Upper (2.1) in an Oil and Gas related field OR a 2.2 with oil and gas industry experience;
  2. National Youth Service (NYSC) certificate;
  3. Applicants must be computer literate;
  4. Possession of O/level with Credit in English Language; (At least C6 in WAEC/SSCE or C4 and above in NECO); and
  5. Applicants must not be above 30 years of age.


Scholarships will be offered for admission into the under listed courses (for overseas MSc). Candidates are advised to apply for admission into universities in the UK and France that offer these courses, while applying for the Petroleum Technology Development Fund Scholarship.


Applicants are advised to scan 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;
  4. 2 Recent Passport Photographs;
  5. Local Government Identification Letter;
  6. Masters’ Degree Certificate (PhD Applicants only); and
  7. Admission Letter (PhD Applicants).




For the Split-Site PhD Programme, please click on this link (Split PhD)



Scholarships will be offered for admission into the under listed courses (for overseas MSc). Candidates are advised, to apply for admission into Universities in the UK, Germany, Brazil, France and the United States that offer these courses, while applying for the Petroleum Technology Development Fund Scholarship. The Local Scholarship Scheme applicants can apply to all Federal Universities and Centre of Excellence in courses relevant to the Oil & Gas Industry.

  1. Refinery Design and Operations
  2. Catalysis
  3. Reaction Engineering
  4. Petroleum Refinery Systems Engineering
  5. Control System and Applied Instrumentation
  6. Process and Product Design
  7. Advanced Chemical Process Design
  8. Biorefinery
  9. Refinery and Petrochemical Processing
  10. Energy Economics and Technology
  11. Process and Environmental Systems Engineering
  1. Basin Evolution and Dynamics
  2. Flow Assurance for Oil and Gas Production
  3. Petroleum Engineering
  4. Production Engineering
  5. Geology and Geophysics
  6. Reservoir Engineering
  7. Subsea Engineering
  8. Applied Petrophysics and Formation Evaluation
  9. Seismic Data Processing and Interpretation
  10. Oil and Gas Risk Analysis
  11. Well Test Design and Analysis
  12. HSE Management in Operations
  13. Fundamentals of Drilling Process
  14. Well Control
  15. Subsea Production Control Systems
  16. Petroleum Economics and Property Evaluation
  17. Offshore Engineering
  18. Offshore and Ocean Technology
  19. Asset Management
  20. Maritime Operations
  21. Environmental Remote Sensing
  22. Petroleum Exploration Geosciences
  23. Production and Drilling Technologies
  24. Petroleum Geosciences
  25. Geomechanics
  26. Production and Processing Facilities
  27. Production and Completions Engineering
  28. Well Engineering
  29. Process Systems Engineering
  30. Pipeline Engineering
  31. Corrosion Control Engineering
  32. Reservoir Evaluation and Management
  33. Oil and Gas Computing
  1. Flow Assurance
  2. Environmental Engineering and Sustainability
  3. Gas Transmission and Distribution
  4. Gas Processing and Liquefaction
  5. Gas Utilization
  6. Pollution Control
  7. Combustion Engineering
  8. Process Control and Instrumentation
  9. Chemical Reaction Engineering
  10. Energy Management and Policy
  11. Environmental Health and Safety Engineering
  12. Advanced Natural Gas Engineering
  1. Renewable Energy Engineering
  2. Thermal Power (Gas Turbine Option)
  3. Geothermal Engineering
  4. Energy Systems Engineering
  5. Fuel Cell Technology
  6. Concentrating Solar Power Technologies
  7. Photovoltaic Solar Technologies
  8. Sustainable Bioenergy and Industrial Biotechnology
  9. Biofuels Process Engineering
  1. Design of Rotating Machines
  2. Fire and Explosion Engineering
  3. Fluid mechanics and Energetic (France)
  4. International Shipping
  5. Hydraulic Engineering (France)
  6. Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
  7. Mechatronics and Mechanical Systems Engineering (USP- Brazil; Germany)
  8. Naval and Ocean Engineering (USP, Brazil)
  9. Systems Engineering and Engineering (Germany)
  10. Diving and Under Water Technology
  11. Marine Computational Fluid Dynamics


The PhD research areas in addition to the afore-listed MSc program areas may also include any of the following related areas:

  1. Advanced Refining Operation Technology
  2. Novel Catalyst such as Zeolite, Titanium, etc., and Process Development
  3. Reducing Solids Formation
  4. Cogeneration
  5. Desulfurization of Crude Oil and Petroleum Products
  6. Ionic Equilibria
  7. Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) Remediation
  8. Improving Computational Technologies
  9. Air Quality Modelling
  10. Phytoremediation
  11. Energy Saving by Energy Integration Technology (Area-Wide Pinch Technology)
  12. Development of Technologies for Heavy Oil Cracking Processes Utilizing Advanced Pre-Treatment Processing and Hydro Treating
  13. Residue Upgrading Technology
  14. Reliable Maintenance Technology
  15. Improving Refining Margin by Heavy Oil Cracking
  16. Chemical Refinery Integration
  17. Electrochemical Energy Technology
  18. Multiscale Modelling
  1. Marginal Fields Development
  2. Flow Assurance for Offshore Field Development/Facilities
  3. Reservoir Engineering/Production Technology
  4. Structural Geology and Rock Mechanics
  5. Geophysical and Geosciences Study of Unconventional Resources
  6. Production Optimization with Emphasis on Smart Wells and Improved Surveillance
  7. Inland Sedimentary Basins
  8. Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR)
  9. Wellbore Integrity Management
  10. Offshore Technology
  11. High Pressure and High Temperature Deep Water Terrain
  12. Extra Heavy Oil example Natural Bitumen
  13. Subsea Production Control Systems
  14. Conflict Resolution
  15. Asset Management
  16. Uncertainty Quantification
  17. Integrated Reservoir Characterization and Modelling
  18. Optimization of Enhanced Oil Recovery
  19. Reservoir Geomechanics
  20. Environmental Studies and HSE (Health, Safety and Environment)
  21. Improved Oil Recovery (IOR) from Oil Rim Reservoirs
  22. Deep Water Flooding
  23. Reservoir Geophysics
  24. Flow through Porous Media
  25. Pore Pressure Prediction
  26. Geological Fluid Mechanics
  27. Seismic Interpretation and Basin Analysis
  28. Drilling Hydraulics
  29. Hole Instability
  30. Hole Cleaning in Extended Reach Wells
  31. Casing Design
  32. Dual Gradient Drilling
  33. Pressure Drop in Near Wellbore Vicinity
  1. Methane Hydrates Research (Flow Assurance and Pipeline Engineering)
  2. Multiphase Phase Flow
  3. Natural Gas Processing
  4. Conversion to Derivatives and Utilization
  5. Acid gas/Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage
  6. Novel Methods to Reduce Greenhouse Gases
  7. Conversion of Carbon dioxide into Chemical Resources
  8. Flue Gas Desulfurization
  9. Synthesis Gas
  10. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
    • Liquefaction
    • Regasification
    • Floating
  11. Conventional and Unconventional Natural Gas
  12. Gas Condensate Recovery Studies
  13. Hydrate and Reservoir Fluid Studies
  14. Prediction of Pressure Behaviour while Producing from Gas Condensate Reservoirs
  1. Renewable Energy
  2. Technological Solutions for New Renewable Energy, Especially Solar energy, Bioenergy and Offshore Wind Power
  3. Energy Efficiency
  4. Smart Energy Systems (Smart Grids)
  5. Energy Storage
  6. Hydropower for the 21st Century
  7. Advanced Thermodynamic Analysis
  8. Sensor Technology
  9. Fuel Cell Technology
  10. Biofuels Energy emphasis of Sweet Sorghum breeding and multiplication
  1. Civil and Marine Engineering.
  2. Ship Building & Marine Technology.

Please note that:

  1. Recipients of other scholarship must not apply for the ptdf scholarship.
  2. Please note that the duration of the phd award is limited to a maximum of thirty-six (36) months only.
  3. Applicants who already possess a master’s degree need not apply for msc programme, but are qualified to apply for the phd.
  4. The ptdf award will take effect from september 2017
  5. Phd applicants who would have already commenced their programmes by september 2017 need not apply.
  6. Closing date for applications is 31 december 2016.

Application Fee: Before you are able to access the application form, you’ll have to get a PIN. Each PIN costs NGN 1,000 (non-refundable). You can secure a PIN in two ways:- 1. From First Bank branches nationwide; 2. Using an ATM card. The PIN will be sent to your email address. All PINs work the same way regardless of how it is acquired.

What you will need when applying online:

  • A passport photograph. JPEG or PNG of not more than 200kb. There are free tools online to assist with this.– PicResize
  • A valid email address.
  • A valid PIN (see above for more info)
  • Scanned copies of the following:– A/O Levels; First Degree; Second Degree (PhD.); NYSC; Birth Certificate; Indigene Letter.



  1. Damilola Adedeji

    January 15, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Hello, pls when is it likely for ptdf to call for interview

    • Esther Agbonavbare

      January 16, 2017 at 12:13 am

      Hi Damilola,

      The 2016/2017 PTDF interview took place in April 2016. We will keep you updated for 2017/2018 PTDF interview date and venue.

      • Damilola Adedeji

        January 16, 2017 at 1:12 am

        Aiit, thanks for the response

  2. Daniel

    December 31, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    @Esther I ain’t seeing my comment anymore.Please what are they doing to resolve the ever epileptic Web that has hindered me from completing the application.Hope this isn’t a coy to take my 1k since it’s ending today.

    • Esther Agbonavbare

      December 31, 2016 at 6:13 pm

      Hi Daniel,

      You should keep trying. There’s still a few hours left…

  3. Daniel

    December 31, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Hello PTDF Team,

    Compliments of the season

    Their is currently a downtime on the PTDF scholarship application web as I have been unable to proceed with my application.I also understand that today is the deadline to applying for this scholarship, please do look into this and resolve.

  4. dariz

    December 31, 2016 at 9:49 am

    pls I need your assistant now…very urgent,after I made payment online, the one time password sent to me is invalid…can someone please help me…

  5. A A Kano

    December 29, 2016 at 1:36 am

    Can you apply for MSc even if you are not in possession of any English test exam like IELTS and so on.?

    • Esther Agbonavbare

      December 29, 2016 at 2:53 am

      Hi A. A. Kano,

      IELTS is one of the requirements needed for ptdf overseas(UK) scholarship application.

  6. Chekwube Utomi

    December 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Hello I have C5 in English language, NECO.
    But PTDF said they want a minimum of C6.
    Can I apply

  7. Samuel Otaru.

    December 18, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Hello SIS Esther,
    I obtained B.Engr in Elect/Elect Engineering. My real field of interest for My MSC is mostly information Technology courses. But frm the listed courses above for MSC, is only SYSTEM ENGINEERING thats a little bit close.
    PLEASE what advice can you give me on this?
    because i hv no much idea about system Engineering. And My key area of specialisation during My undergraduate is TELECOMMUNICATION and lastly, I would hv love to study in GERMANY by Gods special grace.
    Pls, you can also reach me through here(

    • Esther Agbonavbare

      December 19, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      Hi Samuel,

      If you don’t see the opportunity applying for a scholarship through PTDF there are ther scholarship offers on our website that you might find applicable to you.

      Kindly visit the opportunities/Scholarships section of this website for more scholarship offers.

  8. Mrs Akinwale

    December 18, 2016 at 6:00 am

    These are brilliant opportunities but my son who studied Petroleum Engineering is still on his NYSC which will be ending by March 2017 by God’s grace, which means he wouldn’t have a discharge certificate yet. Can he apply with the NYSC call up letter in lieu? Also, we are still working on securing his admission. Thanks.

    • Esther Agbonavbare

      December 19, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Hi Mrs. Akinwale,

      The deadline for the PTDF scholarship is fast approaching and the requirements must be met before he can be considered for the interview. I would suggest he applies for the next scholarshp offer that will be publicized in 2017 which will also be posted here when the application starts.

      The best thing now is to familiarize yourself with what is needed to apply to enable you apply on time as soon as it opens again next year. There are also other scholarship offers on our website that he can apply for at the Opportunities section of this website.

      All the best!

  9. Emeka

    November 23, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    This is fraud. I have tried to obtain the PIN online using my ATM card but I was debited twice without any PIN sent to me. After making payment ,the site will display HTTP-500 internal server error and go back requesting you repeat the process again thereby debiting you again. IT IS A FRAUD

  10. solomon

    November 19, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    please which document format should be uploaded for the Msc scholarship application and secondly, when will they require the admission letter from you because i didnt see it in my application form

    • Esther Agbonavbare

      November 19, 2016 at 10:31 pm

      Hi Solomon,

      The documents can be in Portable Document Format (PDF) while passport photos can be in JPEG or PNG.

      The admission letter is required for PhD applicants only and should be attached to the online application form.

  11. fiona

    November 9, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    I had my first degree in plant science and technology & my second degree in applied microbiology and plant pathology, can i apply for my phd in any of the courses listed?

    • Esther Agbonavbare

      November 9, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      Hi Fiona,

      You should be able to apply because it all depends on what your research topic is all about and if it is related to the courses listed in the post. And mostly importantly, securing an admission. The earlier you start, the better.

      Do not hesistate to ask more questions.

      Kindly share!!!

  12. Vincentia

    November 9, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Most universities abroad do not give PhD admissions without a sponsorship letter. you have to get a supervisor before you can apply for admission and in most cases it’s very difficult to get one if you do not have funding. i expected ptdf to make their selection through interviews and allow the successful candidates to seek for admission with the award letter. what this means that those who have not secured admission should not apply and its very unfair.

    • Esther Agbonavbare

      November 9, 2016 at 7:15 am

      Hi Vincentia,

      I understand that the requirements are not favorable to you and some other Nigerians but what you can do is try to get someone who can act as your sponsor to enable you apply for the PhD program/country of your choice, and hopefully secure the admission. That way you can apply for the scholarship program before the deadline which is 31st December 2016.


    November 8, 2016 at 9:32 pm


    • Esther Agbonavbare

      November 8, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      Hi Bello,

      The PTDF Scholarships are for MSc and PhD for applicants who wants to study in the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, France, United States of America and Federal Universities and Centres of Excellence in Nigeria.

      There are plenty of scholarships on our website that you can apply to.

      We will keep posting more…

      • Hawkins

        November 10, 2016 at 6:49 am

        when are you going to post for Bsc Please.

        • Esther Agbonavbare

          November 10, 2016 at 7:03 am

          Hi Hawkins,

          There is no PTDF BSc scholarship for now. You can check our various scholarship offers on the website for Bachelors program.

          Do not hesistate to ask more questions…

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