SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS FOR NIGERIANS TO STUDY ABROAD
Getting funds to study abroad is always a major ache for many Nigerian students.
In fact, it is probably one of the most trending issues as per international education. Study abroad is next to impossible for many Nigerian students due to financial incapacity.
The lack of sufficient money is often a barrier to study abroad and explore international travel.
However, it shouldn’t be so it can be smart and just plan ahead. There are so many scholarships and grants available for Nigerian students to study around the world.
Listed below are some of them:
1. Partial Merits Scholarships for Nigerian students
Nigerian students between the ages of 16-24 years are invited to apply for this scholarship.
It is offered by the Lagos State Scholarship Board. You are allowed to pick between either an undergraduate or a postgraduate program. A good knowledge of English language is a major requirement here.
This of course should include both speaking and writing skills. You can choose almost any field of study you want.
The following countries are available for undergraduate students:
China, Ukraine, India, and the Republic Of South Africa. Postgraduate students can study in any of these available countries: India, Ukraine and the Republic Of South Africa.
In order to qualify for this scholarship award, certain documents must be presented, along with meeting other necessary criteria.
The Africa London Nagasaki (ALN) Scholarship for African scientists in UK and Japan
This scholarship is majorly for postgraduate students.
It is an award available for African scientists to pursue a master’s degree in the control of infectious diseases in Africa. A major requirement for intending applicants is a fluent knowledge of English language (both written and spoken)
However, if English language is not your first language, it is possible to take an internet based test such as; TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson Test of English. Make sure that your scores are above average on the whole.
The scholarship award is a maximum of 50,000 US dollars to cover all fees and expenses.
This scholarship allows African students to run a masters degree at either the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki, Japan, or at the London school of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK.
State Government Scholarships
There are some states in Nigeria which offer scholarships and grant awards to its indigenes. Take for instance, states like Rivers, Delta and some others.
These states provide scholarship opportunities for their indigene to study abroad. More valid information about such offers can be accessed from the states’ ministry of education
Education USA opportunity funds program (OFP)
This scholarship program is designed to help, strong, determined and talented students who excel in their academics but lack funds to support their education.
This program has been running for some eleven years now.
The united States embassy in Nigeria seeks to identify academically qualified and highly motivated Nigerian students with low income to join the Education USA Opportunity Funds Program (OFP)
This scholarship is need – based. Nonetheless candidates are required to possess an excellent academic records along with strong leadership abilities.
Students who have already commenced their university program are NOT eligible to apply.
OFP is currently accepting applications from prospective undergraduates and graduates students. So if you’re interested; you need to do so early enough.
PTDF Scholarship Program
The PTDF Scholarship Scheme is being offered by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources. The program offers fully qualified Nigerian undergraduates, Masters and PhD students.
Scholarships are awarded for studies in the UK and other countries and at upgraded universities in Nigeria. However, recently the award for undergraduates has been discontinued.
The University of East Anglia Science Foundation Scholarship
The University of East Anglia’s faculty of science Foundation Scholarships is for citizens of all countries, except the UK.
The award is valued at about £13,450.
For fall entry (September) Application deadline is usually July of the same year. For January entry, the deadline is usually in the November of the previous year.
The Commonwealth scholarships is made available for students in developing Commonwealth nations. It is available for Masters, PhD, and split-site (PhD) study in the UK. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Nigeria is a Commonwealth nation as you probably know. The following Commonwealth scholarship awards are available for Nigerian students.
- Academic fellowships for staff serving in developing country universities
- Professional fellowship for mid-career professionals in developing countries
Distance learning scholarships for developing country students to study UK Masters degree courses while living in their home countries.
The eligibility criteria for each type of scholarship and fellowship vary. More valid information can be accessed through the Commonwealth scholarship website.
Chevening OCIS Fellowship Programme in Uk
This fellowship program is a merger between two collaborators; Chevening and Oxford center for Islamic studies.
The fund is available for individuals from overseas who demonstrate consistent and exemplary leadership skills. You will undertake a six month period of independent study and research at OCIS based on the civilization and culture of Islam and Muslim societies all over the globe.
You need to make use of this opportunity if you have interest in this field.
This program covers all expenses from living expenses to airplane tickets. Provisions are also made for a study allowance package for study related activities.
Only students who can fulfill the Chevening English language requirement will be given the award.
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