Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) is the pioneer and leader of the petroleum industry in Nigeria. We invest heavily in our employees, which is reflected in our industry-leading development programme and our commitment to see our employees’ ideas travel and come to fruition.
Education, as all parents and guardians admit, is a long-term investment with an equally long gestation period, but it is one of the best legacies to bequeath to individuals, groups and society. That has been the belief of Shell Nigeria since 1952. In 2018, approximately $5.9 million (N1.78 billion) was invested in scholarships by The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited operated Joint Venture (SPDC JV) and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo).
Shell invite applications from suitably qualified candidates for the 2020 Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), operator of the SPDC Joint Venture, is delighted to announce the Tenth annual NNPC/SPDC_JV Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship for applicants from Bayelsa, Delta, Imo and Rivers states. The objective of the scholarship programme is to provide postgraduate study opportunity in courses that are relevant to the oil and gas industry, for qualifying students from these Niger Delta states.
In the nine years of this programme, 92 students have won the opportunity to study at top-rated universities in the UK on full scholarship
For the academic year commencing September 2020, SPDC in partnership with three universities in the UK–Imperial College London; University of Leeds; and University of Aberdeen will award scholarships for one-year post-graduate M.Sc. studies.
The following courses qualify for award of scholarships at the three institutions:
Imperial College London
MSc Petroleum Engineering
MSc Petroleum Geoscience
MSc Applied Computational Science and Engineering
University of Abeerdeen
To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must:
Display intellectual ability and leadership potential;
Have an adequate standard of English (at least 6.5 in IELTS) and meet the College’s language requirement;
Have been offered admission to study on one of the Eligible Courses at the College having applied through the normal application process;
Already hold (or expect to hold by the time of taking up the Scholarship) a degree of an equivalent standard to a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree
Must have completed their National Youth Service by September 2020
Be ordinarily indigenes in the Rivers, Imo, Delta or Bayelsa State of Nigeria, and who intend to return to Nigeria at the end of the period of study
Have not already had the chance of studying in the UK or other developed country.
Be aged between 21-28 years by 30/09/2020.
Currently reside in Nigeria
Plan to return to Nigeria on completion of the proposed programme of study.
Have a Nigerian international passport valid till December 2020
Employees, employees’ relatives (or former employees who have left employment less than 5 years before) of SPDC, Royal Dutch SHELL Group of Companies or the College will not be eligible to apply for the Scholarships.
Conditions for the Scholarship
The scholarship will cover tuition, one economy return-flight ticket from Nigeria to the UK and a contribution towards living expenses only*.
Please note that the stipends (living expenses) 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 Shell company 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.
SPDC will only provide a medical insurance in line with UK Student Visa requirements
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their applications for admission to any of the participating universities for any of the qualifying courses.
Application forms for the scholarship will ONLY be available through the websites of the Imperial College London, the University of Leeds and University of Aberdeen, following a formal offer of admission by the university.
Click here to apply for Imperial College London
Click here to apply for the University of Leeds
Click here to apply for the University of Aberdeen
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The 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 the deadline above
More information on specific course admission requirements can be obtained from the websites of the three individual universities.