Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF)

Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF)

PTDF provides Nigerian students with the opportunity to study overseas within designated fields of study at specially selected institutions, of which RGU is proud to be one.

Awarding Body
Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF)
Full tuition and some costs dependant on individual circumstances


The PTDF overseas Scholarship Scheme is an annual programme for MSc and PhD studies.

The purpose is to provide Nigerian students with the intellectual foundation and skill set that will enable them to participate actively in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry at the conclusion of their studies. The sponsorship duration is between twelve and twenty-four months for MSc, and thirty-six months months for PhD. There are no awards for undergraduate studies under the scheme.

The Strategic Partnership Scholarship was developed to improve the Funds’ Overseas Scholarship Scheme by offering candidates the opportunity to benefit from a diversified pool of knowledge and the facilities offered by world-class institutions across the globe.  Candidates are offered the opportunity to study in world-class facilities where they will also have the opportunity of experiencing new cultures and work environments.

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.


Eligible Countries of Residence

  • Nigeria

Eligible Courses

Course Level

  • Postgraduate
  • PhD

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Subject Area

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Architecture, Construction & Surveying
  • Business & Management
  • Computing
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Pharmacy & Life Sciences

Other Requirements

PTDF scholarships are highly competitive and only candidates who are outstanding across the board are selected. 

Academic merit as evidenced by quality of degrees, full academic transcripts, other professional qualifications acquired and relevant publications to be referenced by applicant (PhD applicants only). Membership of professional bodies, the viability of the study/research plan. 

  • A minimum of Second Class Upper (2.1) qualification in their first degree or a Second Class Lower (2.2) with relevant industry experience
  • Must have completed the mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC)
  • Must have  5 O/level credits including English Language
  • Must have completed the mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC)
  • 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;
  • Applicants must also include their masters degree project

Full guidelines and eligibility, visit the website:

How to Apply

Applicants are required to apply directly to RGU

As well as make a case for their scholarship by submitting a statement of purpose (maximum 500 words) stating the reasons why they would like to study the industry and its expected impact on national development.

Students should apply online:

Instructions for the Application Portal are available:

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