Applications appear to already be on for the 2016/2017 Federal Government Overseas Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships, so interested students should come close and find out more about it.
About the Scholarships
The federal government overseas undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships, also known as the Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA) Awards, are the result of collaboration between the government of Nigeria and those of select countries around the world to reciprocally award scholarships to their respective citizens. Under the 2016/2017 Federal Government Overseas Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships, students will be able to embark on study in diverse academic fields of study, but will first be required to successfully negotiate a mandatory one-year language class before beginning their programme, as the host country’s language will be used for instructional purposes.
Interested individuals are expected to meet the following conditions to be eligible for consideration in the 2016/2017 Federal Government Overseas Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships scheme:
• Candidate must possess A or B grades in at least five relevant subjects, including English and Mathematics.
• Candidate must be between 18-22 years old
• WAEC/NECO (May/June) Certificates obtained at one seating and must not be more than 2 years old at the time of taking up the Award.
• University degree with a minimum of Second Class Honours Upper Division
• Not more than 35 years of age for Masters and 40 years for PhD at the time of taking up the award.
• Possess NYSC or Exemption certificate
• Have an academic transcript
Fields of Study
Awards of 2016/2017 Federal Government Overseas Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships will be good for the following fields of study, amongst others:
• Natural Sciences
• Information Technology
• Medicine and its other related courses
• Environmental Science
• Petroleum related courses
• Social Sciences
• International Relations
• Management Courses
• Research etc
2016/2017 Federal Government Overseas Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships – Countries of Study
The following are some of the countries where you can apply for study and be covered by these scholarships, depending on your level of study.
• South Korea
Application and Interview
Applications for the 2016/2017 Federal BEA Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships can be submitted by clicking the appropriate link on the Federal Scholarship page for the scheme. First, you will need to create an account before proceeding. More comprehensive information about the scholarships can also be obtained on the web page.
After completing the application forms, you will need to take part and impress in the interviews to be conducted across Nigeria later to qualify for nomination and award. The Federal Scholarship Board says these interviews, which will reportedly take place from 7th to 10th March, 2016, will be held at designated centres in all the six geopolitical zones of the country. Applications for the 2016/2017 Federal Government Overseas Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships
end the day before the proposed commencement of the interviews. Deadline was February 29th – got it mixed up.
You will be required to attach the photocopies of following, where reasonable, to your application forms and present at your assigned interview venue, depending on your proposed level of study:
• WAEC or NECO Certificate for UGs and Degree Certificates (L” Degree and/or Masters Degree)/academic transcript for postgraduate (PG) applicants
• Birth Certificate (National Population Commission)
• Certificate of State of origin/Local Government
• Four (4) coloured passport size photographs on a white background, 5.
Postgraduate applicants may also be required to include:
i. Research proposal/Plan
ii. Letter of appointment if employed
iii. Confirmation of appointment, and
iv. Willingness of employer to release applicant if successful.
You should visit the official page provided earlier if you need further information. Good luck!
UPDATE: Correct link to the scholarship page added.
UPDATE 2: Inserted correct deadline date.
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