Shell Scholarship for Nigeria University Students

You have probably heard of Shell as one of the influential companies in Nigeria. Another thing you should now know is that they are a very philanthropical company, i.e., they are always willing to put in the money where it can benefit individuals and society at large. One of the ways Shell is impacting Nigeria is through scholarships. It’s 2024, and we still have Shell Scholarship for Nigeria university students.

Now, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited Joint Venture (SPDC JV) and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) have spent roughly $5.9 million (N1.78 billion) on scholarships for Nigerians. So, you do not want to miss this opportunity, at least not this year.

Shell Scholarship for Nigeria University Students 2024-2025

Here are the scholarships from Shell for university students in Nigeria. Just make sure to sign up and apply for any specific one that you qualify for.

1. Niger Delta postgraduate scholarship program

Let’s begin with the Niger Delta region where Shell has a huge presence. As one of the ways to give back to the people, today, we have the Shell Scholarship for Nigerian university students. This particular Shell scholarship isn’t really for undergraduates at Nigerian universities, but it’s still for Nigerians.

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) runs the SPDC Joint Venture. Yes, they excitedly announced the tenth NNPC/SPDC_JV Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship. This is for students from Bayelsa, Delta, Imo, and Rivers states.

This scholarship will bring you a chance to study postgraduate courses that are important for the oil and gas industry. Since it started, this program has already given 100+ students the chance to study at top universities in the UK with everything paid for.

SPDC is working together with Imperial College London, the University of Leeds, and the University of Aberdeen to offer scholarships. These are for one-year M.Sc. courses for postgraduate students.

Here are the courses you can get a scholarship for at these universities:

At Imperial College London, you can study:

  1. MSc in Petroleum Engineering
  2. MSc in Applied Computational Science and Engineering

At the University of Aberdeen, the degrees are:

  1. MSc in Geophysics
  2. MSc in Safety & Reliability Engineering for Oil & Gas
  3. MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering

And at the University of Leeds, offers:

  1. MSc in Exploration Geophysics
  2. MSc in Electronic/Electrical Engineering

Eligibility for Shell Scholarship for Nigeria University students

To apply for the scholarship, you need to:

  1. Live in Rivers, Imo, Delta, or Bayelsa State in Nigeria and plan to go back to Nigeria after studying.
  2. Have a degree as good as a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree by the time the scholarship starts.
  3. Plan to go back to Nigeria after you finish studying.
  4. Have a Nigerian passport that’s good until December 2024.
  5. Be between 21 and 28 years old by September 30, 2024.
  6. Finish the National Youth Service by September 2024.
  7. Already have an offer to study one of the right courses at the college.
  8. Be living in Nigeria now.
  9. Be good enough at English (at least 6.5 in IELTS) and meet the college’s language needs.
  10. Show that you’re smart and can lead.
  11. Not have studied in the UK or another developed country before.
  12. If you work for SPDC, SHELL Group, or the college, or are related to someone who does (or did in the last 5 years), you can’t apply.

Shell Scholarship Application Process

  1. First, apply for a spot at one of the universities for a course that’s allowed.
  2. Once you get an offer from a university, you can get the scholarship form from their website.
  3. The universities will look at the applications and pick people for interviews with SPDC. That’s how they decide who gets the scholarship.
  4. Make sure you send your finished scholarship form to the university by March 22, 2024.

The Shell Scholarship for Nigeria university students will pay for your classes, a flight to and from Nigeria in economy class, and some money to help with living costs.

The money you get for living costs is set by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and you can’t get more than this amount. This scholarship doesn’t mean you have to work for SPDC or any Shell company when you finish your studies, and they don’t have to give you a job either.

SPDC will only provide medical insurance that meets the requirements for a UK Student Visa.

University scholarship initiative

We also have the University Scholarship Initiative by Shell in Nigeria for Nigerian students. This scholarship is managed by SPDC for the NNPC/Shell/Elf/Agip Joint Venture

Every year, more than 4,000 students in Nigeria who are in university take tests to see if they can get this scholarship. Shell Nigeria picks students based on their SSCE and JAMB scores and then they take aptitude tests in cities like Port Harcourt, Warri, Enugu, Lagos, and Abuja.

This Shell Scholarship for Nigeria university students Initiative has two parts:

  1. The National Merit Award (NM) for all Nigerian undergraduates.
  2. The Areas of Operation Merit Award (AOM) for students from places where Shell Nigeria works.

Both of these are just for Nigerian students who are in their first year at Nigerian universities.

Every year, about 16,000 people apply after seeing Shell Nigeria’s ads. They ask for students who can apply for the Shell scholarship, which is only for students at Nigerian universities.


So, that’s really all you need to know about this scholarship in 2024. Currently, some people are pretending to be part of Shell and claiming they can help get you a Shell scholarship. They act like they can make it happen because they know how to work the system. Shell hasn’t given anyone the job of being a go-between or agent for their scholarships. Also, you don’t have to pay anything to apply for a Shell scholarship for Nigerian university students – it’s 100% free. You can find out about Shell scholarships and how to apply in national newspapers, on Shell’s website, and their Twitter page at

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