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Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) National University Scholarship: Empowering the Next Generation of Nigerian Talent

About the Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) National University Scholarship

Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) is a subsidiary of the Royal Dutch Shell, one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world. As part of its commitment to the development of the Nigerian people and economy, SNEPCo operates various initiatives aimed at promoting education, skills development and youth empowerment. One such initiative is the SNEPCo National University Scholarship, which has been providing financial support and mentorship to high-performing Nigerian students for over a decade.

The SNEPCo National University Scholarship: A Legacy of Supporting Nigerian Talent

SNEPCo established the National University Scholarship in 2009 to provide financial assistance and mentorship to Nigerian students pursuing degrees in relevant fields such as engineering, geology, and geophysics at Nigerian universities. The scholarship is aimed at fostering the development of young talent and preparing the next generation of professionals to meet the challenges of the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

Since its inception, the SNEPCo National University Scholarship has been a success story, providing support to over 300 Nigerian students and helping to develop a pipeline of local talent in key sectors of the economy. In addition to financial assistance, scholarship recipients are also provided with mentorship and opportunities for professional development, helping to further their careers and contribute to the development of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.

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The Benefits of the SNEPCo National University Scholarship

The SNEPCo National University Scholarship offers numerous benefits to Nigerian students, including:

  • Financial support: Scholars receive financial assistance to help cover the costs of their tuition and other expenses related to their studies.
  • Mentorship: Scholars are paired with experienced professionals from the oil and gas industry, providing them with guidance and support as they navigate their careers.
  • Career opportunities: Scholars are given opportunities to gain practical experience through internships and other programs, helping them to build their professional networks and develop the skills necessary to succeed in their careers.
  • Access to resources: Scholars are provided with access to SNEPCo’s resources and facilities, including its library, training programs, and professional development opportunities.
  • Building a network: Scholars are given the opportunity to connect with other scholarship recipients and alumni, helping to build a network of professionals working in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

The SNEPCo National University Scholarship is a testament to SNEPCo’s commitment to the development of the Nigerian people and economy. By providing financial assistance, mentorship, and opportunities for professional development, the scholarship is helping to foster the next generation of Nigerian talent and preparing them to meet the challenges of the oil and gas industry. Through its continued support of education and youth empowerment, SNEPCo is playing a key role in shaping the future of Nigeria and the wider region.

Criteria for eligibility

Scholarship applicants must meet the following requirements;

Demonstrate intellectual ability and leadership potential

Have an adequate level of English (at least 6.5 in IELTS) and meet the college’s language requirements

Having applied through the normal application process, been admitted to one of the College’s Eligible Courses

Hold (or expect to hold by the time of taking up the Scholarship) an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class Honours

By September 2022, you must have completed the National Youth Service

Normally reside in Rivers, Imo, Delta or Bayelsa States of Nigeria, and intend to return home after the study period

Do not already have the opportunity to study in the UK or another developed country

By 30/09/2022, you must be between 21 and 28 years old

Nigeria is where I currently reside

Upon completion of the proposed study program, I plan to return to Nigeria

Hold a Nigerian international passport valid until December 2021

Scholarships are not available to SPDC employees, their relatives (or former employees who have left employment in less than 5 years) or the College.

Process of applying

For any of the qualifying courses, apply to any of the participating universities.

Scholarship applications will be available through the websites of Imperial College London, University of Leeds, and University of Aberdeen following a formal offer of admission.

Prior to final selection, universities will process applications and select candidates for interviews with SPDC.

Scholarship applications must reach participating universities by March 22, 2023.

Scholarship funds will cover tuition, one economy return flight from Nigeria to the UK, and a contribution towards living expenses only.

The award is non-committal. Neither SPDC nor any Shell company is obligated to offer employment to any candidate upon graduation. Neither are successful candidates bonded to SPDC for any period of time.

Only medical insurance in accordance with UK Student Visa requirements will be provided by SPDC.

Scholarships for University Students

As all parents and guardians admit, education is a long-term investment with an equally long gestation period, but it is one of the best legacies we can leave our children, our society and our planet. This has been Shell Nigeria’s belief since 1952. Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) invested $14.8 million in scholarships in 2014.

As part of the NNPC/Shell/Elf/Agip Joint Venture, SPDC runs the University Scholarship Scheme, a programme that makes a subtle but profound statement about the company’s commitment to capacity building.

Approximately 4,000 Nigerian undergraduates take aptitude tests every year in order to be part of Shell Nigeria’s ever-growing list of students at Nigerian universities. SSCE and JAMB results are used to shortlist applicants, followed by aptitude tests held in PortHarcourt, Warri, Enugu, Lagos, and Abuja.

A National Merit Award (NM) is available to Nigerian undergraduates and an Areas of Operation Merit Award (AOM) is available to students from Shell Nigeria’s operational areas. In both categories, awards are only available to first-year students.

A total of 16,000 applicants respond to Shell Nigeria’s advertisements inviting qualified candidates to apply for scholarships, which are only available in Nigerian universities.

Shell Scholarships for secondary schools

Shell Nigeria Secondary School Scholarship Scheme is available in Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Imo and Rivers states.

In the seven states, 2,600 post-primary scholarships are awarded each year as part of the Secondary School Scholarship Scheme, intended to help students pay for school and enhance academic achievement.

A welcome relief for parents and guardians in the education of their children, the scheme has become so popular that thousands of parents and children look forward to it every year.

Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited (SPDC) manages SPDC JV’s Cradle-to-Career Scholarship Program.

Three hundred and fifty (350) talented students have already been accepted into quality secondary schools since the program began in 2010. Candidates are selected from Rivers, Bayelsa, and Delta states in the Niger Delta.

Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) manages the National Cradle-to-Career Scholarship Scheme on behalf of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (NNPC).

The scholarship is awarded to the best three (3) candidates from each of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The scheme is in its second year, with 60 beneficiaries already enrolled in very good private secondary schools.

A number of local and international awards have been given to Shell Nigeria’s Cradle-to-Career scholarship. Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary General, recognized the scheme as a landmark initiative and acknowledged its impressive contributions to the development of education in Nigeria and the Niger Delta at the UN Innovations Fair in Geneva in 2011.

Scholars at Shell

A Shell scholarship programme began in the 1950s, awarding scholarships to qualified Nigerians in various fields of study both in and outside Nigeria, many of whom returned home to become key figures in government, commerce, and industry.

Nigerian Shell Scholars’ Forum – Promoting Academic Excellence

As Shell worked to produce and export the first barrel of crude oil for Nigeria, it also had the foresight to think about the generations of Nigerians who would one day drive the development of the newly independent nation. Scholarship awards were an effective way to train the required manpower.

It began in the 1950s with awards to qualified Nigerians in various fields of study within and outside the country. Many of them returned home to occupy key positions in the public service, business, and industry.

In 2013, Shell launched a Scholars’ Forum, which is intended to give older beneficiaries an opportunity to mentor the younger ones. A new Shell education portfolio strategy was also launched in 2013. The goal is to generate intellectual and creative energy to sustain Nigeria’s economic performance and global competitiveness. The strategy includes building scholars, promoting digital transformation, and fostering Nigerian growth and development.

At the 2013 Social Enterprise Report & Awards (SERAs), Shell was recognized and appreciated for its commitment to quality education in Nigeria since the 1950s.

Join the Shell Scholars’ Forum if you have ever been awarded a Shell scholarship.

The Shell Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) has established the Shell Scholars’ Forum for past recipients of Shell university and postgraduate scholarship awards.

What are the benefits of joining the Forum?

As part of the forum, scholars can network and build relationships, enabling them to not only contribute to SPDC’s education strategy in the future, but also provide communiqués that can positively influence education policies in government. Furthermore, the forum would serve as a platform for addressing the educational challenges of today while influencing the next generation of scholars.

Please fill out the registration form to apply

Disclaimer for scholarships

Several individuals have been misrepresenting themselves as Shell representatives for the purpose of our scholarship programs.

The middlemen claim to have access to Shell scholarship processes and can influence or secure scholarships on behalf of applicants.

We do not appoint or authorize anyone to act as a middleman or agent for any of our scholarship programs.

Scholarship programs and application guidelines are advertised in national newspapers, on Shell’s website, and on Twitter.

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