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PTDF shortlists 6,000 applicants for overseas scholarship

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Petroleum Technology Development Fund, PTDF, on Monday said it has shortlisted 6,000 applicants for screening and interview for the 2020/2021 overseas scholarship scheme.

According to the agency, over 25,000 applicants applied for the 2020/2021 MSc and PhD scholarship programme.

Speaking on the sidelines of the screening at the fund’s headquarters in Abuja, the Head, Overseas Scholarship Scheme Division, PTDF, Bello Mustapha, said the screening of the shortlisted applicants would run for two weeks.

He said: “We received over 25,000 applications and we shortlisted over 6,000 across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria where the interviews will take place. We use panellists for the interviews.

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“We usually use 90 per cent of our old scholars that have graduated with a PhD, excellent scholars. They are the ones who are going to conduct the interviews. There are up to 91 panellists spread across the six geopolitical zones.”

Mr Mustapha noted that PTDF was partnering five countries in the scholarship scheme and named them as France, Germany, China, the United Kingdom and Malaysia.

“For this year, we extended it to Malaysia because we have partnership with one of their universities,” he stated.


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