2015/2016 Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development – Nigeria.

Application Deadline: October 18 2014

As part of efforts to achieve the goals of Vision 20:2020 and the Transformation Agenda, the Federal Government of Nigeria plans to develop a critical mass of professionals who would serve as catalysts of change and agents of scientific and technological advancement, as well as sustainable economic development. This would be achieved through the sponsorship of outstanding students for postgraduate studies in the top 28 universities in the world. To this end, the Federal Government has instituted the Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development.

The PRESSID Implementation Committee now invites applications from qualified candidates for the third edition of the scheme (2015/2016 academic session).

Eligibility Criteria for the Scheme

Interested candidates should:

  • be graduates from the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 academic sessions, who would have completed their National Youth Service by October 2014;
  • have obtained First Class Honours degree from any recognised and approved University in the following disciplines and aim at postgraduate degrees in the specified and allied disciplines:
  • Sciences: Nuclear Physics, Operations Research, Industrial Chemistry, Quantitative Genetics, etc
  • Basic Medical Sciences: Anatomy, Physiology, Medical Biochemistry, etc;
  • Special Aspects of Biology: Biometrics, Molecular Biology, etc;
  • Economics: Econometrics, Development Economics, etc;
  • Engineering & Technology: Aeronautical Engineering, Mechatronics, Metallurgy, Material Science and Production Engineering, Nanotechnology, Cyber-Security, Software Engineering, etc;
  • Medicine: Oncology, Human Genetics, Hepatology, Nuclear Medicine, Geriatrics, etc;



*In the case of Medicine, candidates must have a minimum of 2 Distinctions in their Part 3 and Part 4 MBBS examinations; In all cases, candidates must:

  • be below 30 years of age by October 2014;
  • be computer literate; and
  • be ready to be bonded and to work, preferably, as academic staff in any public university or research institute for a minimum period of five (5) years.

Please note that universities in the United States of America require candidates to sit for the Graduate Record Exams (GRE) before they can secure admission.

For further enquiries, please contact the Committee through [email protected] or [email protected].

Only shortlisted candidate will be invited for further screening.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development



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