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.

Eligible Applicants must:
1. be graduates from the 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 academic sessions, who would have completed their National Youth Service by May 2012;
2. have obtained First Class Honours degree from any recognized and approved University in the following disciplines and aim at postgraduate degrees in the specified and allied disciplines:
1. Sciences : Nuclear Physics, Operations Research, Industrial Chemistry, Quantitative Genetics, etc
2. Basic Medical Sciences : Anatomy, Physiology, Medical Biochemistry, etc;
3. Special Aspects of Biology: Biometrics, Molecular Biology, etc;
4. Economics: Econometrics, Development Economics, etc;
5. Engineering & Technology: Aeronautical Engineering, Mechatronics, Metallurgy, Material Science and Production Engineering, Nanotechnology, Cyber-Security, Software Engineering, etc;
6. Medicine: Oncology, Human Genetics, Hepatology, Nuclear Medicine, Geriatrics, etc;
*In the case of Medicine, candidates must have a minimum of 2 Distinctions in their Part 3 and Part 4 MBBS examinations;
In all cases, candidates must:
(a) be below 30 years of age by July 2012;
(b) be computer literate; and
(c) 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.

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.

Interested candidates should follow the steps below for a successful application:
• visit
• click on ‘ Apply for PRESSID’ link (banner or menu) to complete the application.

For further enquiries, please contact the Committee through on or before 30 th July, 2012.
Only shortlisted candidate will be invited for further screening.

Professor Julius A. Okojie, OON
Chairman, Implementation Committee, PRESSID

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  1. Meduoye Alfred says:

    Good day. I would suggest there also be provisions for undergraduates on a first class also, so there would be some sort of inbalance in the decision, not being biased but I feel it should be a developmental platform in the country. And also making sure that this will be a beneficiary to student in several public universities.
    Alfred MEDUOYE
    Ind mathematics AAUA

  2. Sanni.H.O says:

    Good day,i only want to ask if those in management sciences are not relevant to the progress of this nation?,also for those that will graduate with first class in subsequent years what will be their fate? And personally i think the age barrier should be removed because to make a first class is not child’s play.

  3. James T Ihum says:

    Please, it’s stated in the instructions that one must have completed his/her NYSC by May 2012 to be eligible. To this note, I don’t think none of the 2010/2011 set of graduates have completed their NYSC. The 2010/2011 set of graduates accross the country just started their orientation while many still would be going in Novermber 2012. Does this disqualifies the 2010/2011 set for applying?

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  5. I want to appreciate the efforts of the government in the steps embarked on to improving education standards in Nigeria. This is a very good innovation to curb unemployment in our nation. I wish all hands will be on deck for the fruitfulness of the exercise. This is our nation, we must build it together.
    I also wish that this opportunity should be opened to future first class candidates with a proper consideration of NYSC service year as it is the wish of every good Nigerian students to participate in the NYSC scheme. GOD BLESS NIGERIA

    OLUKITIBI, Titus Abiola
    B. Tech Microbiology (FUTA)

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