The Petroleum Technology Development Fund, PTDF Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Interview Dates 2020/2021 has been released.
Follwing the closure of the application portal, The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) has commenced the selection interview exercise for shortlisted candidates for 2020/2021 academic session.
The Fund has revealed that a total of Twenty Five Thousand (25,000) applicants applied for the PTDF Postgraduate Scholarship.
The physical oral Interview Exercise for shortlisted candidates in the two categories (MSc/PhD) is scheduled to hold from 16th to 27th of March 2020 in six designated centres of the six geo-political zones as detailed below:
PTDF Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Interview Dates
|1.||South-South||University of Port-Harcourt, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State|
|2.||South-West||University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State|
|3.||North-Central||PTDF Tower, Opposite Yar’adua Centre, CBD, Abuja|
|4.||South-East||University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nsukka, Enugu State|
|5.||North-East||Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Bauchi State|
|6.||North-West||Kaduna State University|
NB: Candidates aspiring for the MSc scholarship are expected to defend their statement of purpose, while those for PhD scholarship defend their research proposals, during the interview sessions holding from the 16th to 27th of March 2020.
The establishment of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund by the Federal Government was a response to the failure of international oil companies to transfer knowledge, skills and technology to Nigerians after years of oil and gas exploration in Nigeria.
The increasing capital flight coupled with little linkage between the economy and the oil and gas industry made it more imperative for the Federal Government to step in and take effective control of capacity building in the petroleum sector.
The goal was to produce well-trained Nigerians that would take over the roles that were being played by expatriates in the oil and gas industry, thus ensuring the effective deployment of Nigerian professionals in the management and operational segments of the industry.
The establishment of PTDF in 1973, which later became fully functional in 2000 was therefore the first major step by the Federal Government at institutionalizing the policy of local manpower development for the oil and gas industry.
The PTDF Overseas Scholarship Scheme has over the years succeeded in producing well trained, competent and skilled professional manpower for the various segments of the oil and gas industry.The areas of training include Engineering, Geology, Environmental Studies, Sciences, Management, Law, Accounting, Renewable Energy, Information Technology and offshore related courses.
Head,Press and External Relations, PTDF
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