Jim Ovia Foundation Scholarship Program 2016/2017 for Nigerian Undergraduate & Graduate Students

Application Deadline: November 30th 2016

The Jim Ovia Scholars Program was founded since 1998. It is fully funded by Mr. Jim Ovia to provide financial aid to outstanding Nigeria youths. The scholarship was previously known as the MUSTE scholarship. Eligible awardees are supported for their undergraduate and graduate study for the duration of their program and includes tuition and maintenance allowances.

The scheme offers an average of 100 opportunities each year for new applicants while renewing applicants are supported annually, conditional on meeting all eligible requirements of the scholarship. Since October 2010, Mr. Ovia has invested over 100 Million Naira in the program to support 1500 beneficiaries and counting.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • The scholarship is open to all potential students of Nigerian citizenship.
  • One hundred (100) awardees are selected each year from a pool of eligible applicants. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of personal intellectual ability, leadership capability and a desire to contribute to society at large to improve the lives of others.

Application Procedure:

New Applicants

  • Completed online application
  • Valid Government ID (e.g. International passport, Voter’s Card,National ID or Driver’s License)
  • Please note that a certificate of origin or birth certificate will not be accepted as a valid form of ID. The only exception will befor minors below the age of 18 years who are unable to apply for a government ID. In which case, a birth certificate will be      accepted in lieu of a government ID for such minors.
  • An official original letter (not photocopied) letter from your school/Head of Department stating the following:
  •  – Your full-name
  •  – Course Title
  •  – Department of Study
  • – CGPA
  • – Gender
  •  – Matriculation number OR Newly matriculated who have not yet received a matriculation number or school ID must provide a provisional admission letter to their institution of study.
  • Original Secondary School Certificate (WAEC or NECO)
  • Original JAMB certificate
  • A valid student ID for your host institution (University/College)
  • A passport photograph

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Jim Ovia Foundation Scholarship Program 2016 


  1. please can apply for masters program without student’s ID from host institution since the school is yet to provide one for us.

  2. My friends and I have tried applying for the Jim Ovia scholarship several times and the system says access denied. I tried sending message through the contact information provided on the page but it does not go through.Please I need help as soon as possible as i don’t want to miss this opportunity. Thank you for your assistance.

  3. Same here, am being told access denied and that am not authorised to enter that page after creating an account. pls i need answers

  4. I am a PhD student, University of Port Harcourt, Choba Port Harcourt. I have concluded my courseworks and is working on thesis proposal. How can I apply for financial assistance?


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