2014 Shell Nigeria Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme in UK Universities

Scholarship Name: SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

Brief description

Postgraduate Scholarship for Nigerian Students from Rivers, Delta and Bayelsa States to study in UK for Engineering and petroleum related Science courses at Imperial College London, University College London and the University of Leeds for 2014 academic year

Accepted Subject Areas?

The following courses at the three institutions qualify for the scholarship:

  • Imperial College London
    MSC Petroleum Engineering
    MSC Petroleum Geoscience
    MSC Petroleum Geophysics
  • University College London
    MSC Chemical Process Engineering
    MSC Mechanical Engineering
    MSC Civil Engineering
  • University of Leeds
    MSC Exploration Geophysics
    MSC Electronic/Electrical Engineering

About Scholarship

Each year the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) offers scholarship awards to students form the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. For the 2014 scholarship award, the Oil and Gas company is delighted to announce the third annual SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme for applicants from Rivers, Delta and Bayelsa States.

The scholarship scheme is aimed to provide an opportunity for qualifying students from the three Niger Delta States to further their education in courses that are relevant to the oil and gas industry.

Scholarship Offered Since: 2010

Scholarship Type: Full Scholarship

By what Criteria is Selection Made?

Candidates must have gained admission to study at any of the participating universities in one of the qualifying courses

Who is qualified to apply?

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • display intellectual ability and leadership potential
  • meet the University’s English language requirements (usually at least 6.5 in IELTS or equivalent TOEFL score valid for Sept 2014, admission)
  • be between 21-28 years by 30/09/2014
  • be indigenes of Rivers, Delta or Bayelsa States (proof of this will be required)
  • currently reside in Nigeria
  • return and take up permanent residence in Nigeria after completion of the proposed programme of study
  • have obtained a university degree equivalent to a UK Second Class Upper (Honours Degree) at a minimum
  • not have studied previously in the UK or any other developed country
  • have a valid Nigerian passport valid till December, 2015
  • be neither current nor former employees (who have left employment less than 5 years before) of SPDC, the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies or Karamat Ltd
  • not be a spouse, child or ward of staff of Shell Companies in Nigeria or Karamat Ltd.

What are the benefits?

The scholarship will cover tuition fees, one return flight from Nigeria to the UK and a contribution towards living expenses only.

How long will sponsorship last? One year postgraduate Masters Studies

Eligible African Countries

Nigeria (Rivers, Delta and Bayelsa States)

To be taken at (country): The scholarship is offered in partnership with three prestigious and internationally recognised universities in the United Kingdom Imperial College London, University College London and the University of Leeds UK

Application Deadline

Completed scholarship application forms must reach participating universities not later than January 24, 2014.

Offered annually? Yes

How can I Apply?

Application forms will be available ONLY through the participating universities, following admission;

Nominated applicants will attend an interview before being considered for final selection;

Visit the following university application page for more details on how to apply for admission.

Imperial College London, University College London and the University of Leeds

Further information can be obtained at  [email protected] or through the individual universities.


Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC)


In the first two years of the programme, 20 students have benefitted from the opportunity to study at world-renowned institutions.

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