PhD Scholarships in Nigeria: The Full List

Many scholarship opportunities are available to Nigerians right here in Nigeria, who may want to study for PhD.

If you prefer to study in Nigeria instated of traveling abroad for your master’s degree program, you will be informed here about a number of scholarship opportunities you can benefit from.


Duration and conditions differ for each of the scholarships. Check below for the PhD Scholarships.

Nigeria LNG (NLNG) Scholarship Scheme

The scholarship was launched in 2012.  It is actually an oversea scholarship and it is aimed at supporting entrepreneurs, professionals and indigenous experts, who may want to study for PhD.

The scholarship is open to individuals who may want to study in other areas aside oil and gas areas.  The scholarship covers tuition fees and monthly stipend towards living expenses. It is valued at $60,000 to $69,000.

Fullbright Foreign Student Program

It involves artists, young professionals, graduate students and anyone interested in PhD program in Nigeria. The scholarship does not only cover PhD; it also covers Master’s degree and even non-degree programs.

The scholarship provides funding for course duration. It provides funding for your health insurance, living stipend, airfare, textbooks and tuition.

NITDA scholarships

The scholarship was established in 2010 by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).  It provides funding for both Doctorate and Master’s degree programs.  It covers anyone interested in Information technology

Dr. Murtala Mohammed Scholarships

The scholarship provides funding for PhD and masters degree students.  It provides funding on various courses.  It covers full tuition for each academic year.

Akwa Ibom State Government Scholarship

It was instituted by the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief (Dr) Godswill Akpabio (CON).  It is made available to indigenes of Akwa Ibom State and it covers ICT training.

Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Scholarship Program

It offers both local and overseas scholarship programs.  It is available annually to Nigerians and it covers both PhD and MSc programs in areas like geosciences, geology, sciences and engineering.

Mansion House Scholarships Scheme

It is for those who are already working in financial services sector and desire to go for PhD degree program.  It is provided by the British council in Nigeria in partnership with UK Trade and Investment Unit (UKTI).

Developing Solutions Scholarship programs

The scholarship is made available to encourage academic excellence, aid diversity and develop qualified individuals in times of economic hardship.

The scholarship had been around for over 10 years and it is offered for 105 beneficiaries in Africa, India and within other commonwealth countries.

Newcastle University Nigeria Scholarships

It is available for PhD in medical sciences, engineering, agriculture, sciences social sciences, arts and humanities.

Afren And Syngenta One Planet Scholarship For African Students

This is a group of scholarships and offered to subsets of students in undergraduate and postgraduate studies.  You can apply for any of them successfully right here in Nigeria.

Federal Government of Nigeria Scholarship

The scholarship is offered by the Nigerian government through the Federal Ministry Of Education and through the Federal Scholarship Board.  It is offered to students studying for National Certificate in Education, Higher National Diploma, Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs.

Imo State Government Scholarships for Imo State Students

As an indigene of Imo State, you have the opportunity to apply for the Imo State Government scholarship, which is made available to students at various levels of study, like undergraduate and postgraduate. The scholarship was established in 2012.

Bayelsa State Scholarships for Bayelsan Students

This is a special PhD scholarship established by the Bayelsan State government to cater for the funding needs of Bayelsa state students interested in going for PhD studies in any recognized Nigerian university.

It was ratified by the Bayelsa State House of Assembly and later signed into law by the former governor, late Chief Diepreye S.P. Alameyesigha. The scholarship was established in 2003.  Another scholarship similar to this was established by the present governor Barr. Henry Seriake Dickson in 2012

Oyo State Scholarships Scheme for Oyo State Indigenes

Indigenes of Oyo state interested in going for PhD program can benefit from this scholarship. It is equally open to other categories of students, like undergraduate and masters degree students. It was established by the Oyo state Scholarship Board. It covers PhD students in Nigerian universities.

Griffith Scholarships for African Nationals

This scholarship is open to various categories of students, including PhD students. It is also open to Africans including Nigerians.  The scholarship is given based on personal character and demonstrated leadership skills.

Lagos State Local Scholarship Award for Lagos Indigenes

It is offered by the Lagos State Scholarship Board. This is one of the earliest agencies created by the Lagos State Government after its creation.

The board administers both foreign and local scholarship awards and it covers the academic needs of Lagos State students only at various levels of education, both undergraduate and postgraduate.

Goggle Anita Borg Scholarship for Female Students

This PhD scholarship is also open to undergraduate and postgraduate students. It is made available to African, Middle East and European students.  The scholarship covers PhD programs in computing and technology field.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships For Nigerian Students

The scholarship is provided by the Swiss government in collaboration with the Nigerian government. It is open to PhD, MSc and even undergraduate students.

Various aspects of the scholarship are Excellence Post-doctoral scholarships, Excellence PhD scholarships and Excellence Research Scholarships. The scholarship covers virtually all imaginable fields of study.

Rotary Foundation Global Grants

The scholarship is being awarded by the rotary foundation and it is a yearly award.

UNIL Funding For Students from Developing Countries

It is given to 10 qualified candidates only and it is given on yearly basis. The award is based on academic qualification of the individual applying.

Shell SPDC students program

The scholarship is focused more on students in the Niger Delta region. It covers both local and international studies.  It is available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. They offer 20 research internship appointments each year

NNPC/ESSO Postgraduate Scholarships Awards

They provide scholarships for PhD students interested in fields related to petroleum industry. It was introduced in 2007 and it is still in force today.

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  1. Hello,
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