Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme 2014/2015 at National Universities Commission (NUC)

National Universities Commission (NUC) – 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 25 universities in the world. To this end, the Federal Government has instituted the Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development.

To this end, the Federal Government has instituted the Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development (PRESSID). The Scheme, which sponsors graduates that have obtained First Class Honours degrees from any recognized and approved university; was established in January 2012 and has awarded a total of two hundred and five (205) scholarships under two editions (the 201312014 and 201412015 academic sessions).

The PRESSID Implementation Committee now invites applications from qualified candidates for the third edition of the scheme (2014/2015 academic session).

Eligibility Criteria for the Scheme

Interested candidates should:
1.) Be graduates from the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 academic sessions, who would have completed their National Youth Service (NYSC) by October 2014;

2.) 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, Biometrics, Molecular Biology, etc
    Economics: Econometrics, Development Economics, Micro Economics, Macro Economics, Applied Economics, Labour Economics, etc;
    Engineering: Aeronautical Engineering, Mechatronics, Control Systems, Material Science and Production Engineering, Nanotechnology, Process Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering, Refinery Design arid Operations, Subsea Engineering, Thermal Power (Gas Turbine Option), Reservoir Analysis, Drilling Optimization, Chemical Process Dynamics & Control, Process Modelling and Simulations, etc;
    Computing and Information Technology: Intelligent Robotic Systems, Computer Systems and Software Engineering Computer Information Systems, information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber-Security, etc.
    Medicine: Clinical Sciences, Dentistry, Oncology, Human Genetics, Forensic Medicine, Physiotherapy, Hepatology, Nuclear Medicine, Geriatrics, ophthalmology. etc.;
    Veterinary Medicine: Veterinary Parasitology, Theriogenology, Public Health, etc;
    Basic Medical Sciences: Biochemistry, Physiology, Dentistry, Anatomy, Medical Biochemistry, Human Nutrition, Nursing Science, Anatomic and Molecular Pathology, Biomedical Engineering, Medical Microbiology, Physiotherapy Pharmacology, etc;
    Pharmaceutical Sciences: Drug formulations, Natural products, Drug design, Phytochemistry, Ethnopharmacology, Pharmaceutical Microbiology, etc;
    Accounting/Actuarial Science: Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Forensic Accounting, Petroleum Accounting, Management Accounting, Environmental Accounting, etc;

In the case of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, candidates must have a minimum of 2 Distinctions in their Part 3 and Part 4 MBBS examinations or in their final results; 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.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should:

Click here to apply online

For further enquiries, please contact the Committee through or

Note: 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. Only shortlisted candidate will be invited for further screening.

Deadline  18th October, 2014.

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