SPDC Niger Delta - University of Leeds Postgraduate Scholarship

How to apply

The SPDC Niger Delta - University of Leeds Scholarship forms part of the NNPC/SPDC-JV Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme. These scholarships are available for study on the following Master’s courses:

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Have been offered admission to study on one of the eligible courses at the University having applied through the normal application process;
  • display intellectual ability and leadership potential;
  • have an adequate standard of English (at least 6.5 in IELTS) and meet the University’s language requirement;
  • 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 resident in the Rivers, Imo, Delta or Bayelsa State of Nigeria, and who intend to return to Nigeria at the end of study;
  • have not already had the chance of studying in the UK or other developed country;
  • be aged between 21- 28 years as on 30/09/2020;
  • currently reside in Nigeria;
  • return to Nigeria on completion of the proposed programme of study;
  • have a Nigerian international passport valid until December 2020;
  • not be employees, employee's relatives (or former employees who have left employment less than 5 years before) of SPDC or the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies or the University;

Application procedure

Deadline for applications 23:59 (UK time), 15/04/2020

Stage 1

  • Applicants MUST first apply for a relevant taught programme of study and be in receipt of a Student Application Number to be eligible for an SPDC Niger Delta – University of Leeds Postgraduate Scholarship. Applications without a valid Student Application Number will be rejected.
  • Applicants must hold a First Degree at undergraduate level equivalent to at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree. Applicants should either have graduated with the appropriate First Degree or be in their final year of study;
  •  Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the University’s English Language requirements by 15/04/2020. Some Schools require a standard of English higher than the University minimum. You should have a valid test result, which is no more than two years old by your official start date at the University of Leeds.

Stage 2

  • Once you are in receipt of your Student Application ID complete the online application form. This form will open at 08:00 (GMT) on Sunday 15 March and will close at 23:59 on Wednesday 15 April.

Please note that, due to the large volume of applications, the Postgraduate Scholarships Office will not enter into any correspondence regarding the progress of an application until the outcome is known.

How are the scholarships awarded?

Each School selects a shortlist of applicants who they wish to recommend for the award. The University of Leeds sends forward its shortlist of nominated applicants to SPDC, which then arranged a final interview for selected applicants. The final list of awards is made by SPDC. The University will use the data provided in the application form for internal selection and statistical purposes and publish the names of the successful applicants within the University and externally on the University website.

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