The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) has started the selection process for the award of 2018/ 2019 overseas scholarship for Masters Degree (Msc) and Doctors of Philosophy (PhD) programmes.
Mrs. Rabi’ah Waziri-Adamu, the Manager, Education and Training of the PTDF, disclosed this in Abuja on Monday at the interview for shortlisted candidates for the award.
She said the Fund had modified the style of selection by suspending the conduct of aptitude tests for applicants in the programme.
The PTDF also disclosed that it had entered into a partnership with top universities in France, Germany, China and the United Kingdom to help successful applicants in its scholarship scheme secure university admissions.
She said the interview, which was holding simultaneously across the six geopolitical zones in the country, was for special partnerships with Germany, France and China.
According to her, the interview will run for five days.
She allayed fears over lack of transparency in the new system, stating that the interviews would be conducted by a panel of experts, comprising lecturers from Nigerian universities and the energy industry.
According to her, the PTDF selection process has always been rigorous as evident by the exceptional intellectuals that it had trained over the years.
“The process has always been excellent, transparent, and has produced excellent scholars. However, this year, we have decided to make a few changes.
“In the past, we used to administer aptitude test to our MSC candidates and then oral interview for our PhD candidates.
“However, this year, we have decided to interview all the candidates. Why have we done that?
“For the MSc candidates, we have asked them to write a statement of purpose as to why they wish to study the subject area that they have chosen, in addition of course to their credentials.
“We have done that to ensure that we select the most outstanding students.
“We are looking for that ‘X-Factor’ in the candidates, what makes them different, what is it they are contributing to the country, how is it going to affect the oil and gas industry in Nigeria and globally.
“That is why we have changed the system to interview both our MSc students and the PhD students.”