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SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme 2017

Shell SPDC Nigeria

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) is delighted to announce the seventh annual SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme for applicants from Rivers, Delta, Imo and Bayelsa States.

The objective of the SPDC scheme is to provide an opportunity for qualifying students from these Niger Delta states to further their education in courses that are relevant to the oil and gas industry.

In the six years of this programme, 60 students have won the opportunity to study at top rated universities in the UK on an all-expenses paid scholarship.

For the academic year commencing September, 2017, SPDC in partnership with three universities in the UK-Imperial College London, University College, London and the University of Leeds will award ten scholarships for one year post-graduate MSc studies.

Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme 2017

The following courses qualify for award of scholarships at the three institutions
Imperial College London

MSc Petroleum Engineering

MSc Petroleum Geoscience

University College London

MSc Chemical/Process Engineering

MSc Mechanical Engineering (Rotating Equipment or Metallurgy)

MSc Civil Engineering (Geotechnics)

University of Leeds

MSc Exploration Geophysics

MSc Electronic/Electrical Engineering
Eligibility Criteria
To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must:

Display sound intellectual ability and leadership potentials

Meet the individual universities’ English Language requirements (usually at least 6.5 in IELTS score valid for Sept. 2017 admission).  Please note that TOEFL is no longer recognized by most UK universities. Candidates are advised that failure to meet each university’s English Language requirement at the time of selection may invalidate their application.

Be aged between 21-28 years by 30/09/2017

Have obtained a university degree (at least of equivalent standard to a UK Second Class Upper (Honours degree)

Not have studied previously in the UK or any other developed country

Have a Nigerian international passport valid to end December 2018

Be neither a current nor former employee (who has left employment less than 5 years before) of SPDC or the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies

Not be a spouse, child or ward of staff of Shell Companies in Nigeria

Be an indigene of Rivers, Delta, Imo or Bayelsa states (documentary proof of this will be required and will be verified)

Currently reside in Nigeria

Return to Nigeria on completion of the proposed programme of study
How to Apply

Submit application for admission to the any of the prospective universities for any of the above qualifying courses

Application forms for the scholarship will ONLY be available through the websites of the participating universities following an offer of admission by the university

Universities will process applications and select candidates to attend interviews before being considered for final selection

Completed scholarship application forms must reach participating universities not later than 30th January 2017.

Follow the links below to reach participating universities:

Imperial College London

University College London

University of Leeds


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

More information on specific course admission requirements can be obtained from the websites of the individual universities.

Please note that the stipends are based on the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) published living rates and are limited to this only

This is a non-committal scholarship. Note that NEITHER SPDC  NOR any of its affiliate companies is obligated to offer employment of any sort to any candidate upon graduation neither are successful candidates bonded to SPDC for any period of time on account of the scholarship award.


Rev Francis Waive

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