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Federal Government Scholarship for Nigerian Students in Various Countries (Undergraduate and Postgraduate), 2017/2018

The Federal Scholarship Board by the Federal Ministry of Education of Nigeria is now offering the 2017/2018 Bilateral Educational Agreement (BEA) Scholarship Awards for Undergraduate, Masters and PhD students to study Overseas.

Application Deadline: The 2017/2018 BEA interviews are between Monday 13th February – Thursday 16th February 2017 across the six geopolitical zones. Candidates are advised to apply online before these dates.

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: Nigeria

To be taken at (country): Russia, China, Morocco, Turkey, Algeria, Romania, Serbia, Japan, Ukraine, Cuba, Greece, Czech Republic, Syria, Macedonia, Mexico, Egypt, Tunisia etc.


Accepted Subject Areas?

  • Undergraduate level – Engineering, Geology, Agriculture, Sciences, Mathematics, Languages, Environmental Sciences, Sports, Law, Social Sciences, Biotechnology, Architecture, Medicine (very limited), etc; and
  • Postgraduate level (Masters Degree and Ph.D) in all fields.

About the Federal Scholarship: The Honourable Minister of Education, is hereby inviting interested and qualified Nigerians to participate in the 2017/2018 Nomination Interview for Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA) Scholarship Awards for:

  • Undergraduate (UG) studies tenable in Russia, Morocco, Algeria, Serbia, Hungary, Egypt, Turkey, Cuba, Romania, Ukraine, Japan, Macedonia; and
  • Postgraduate (PG) studies tenable in Russia (for those whose first degrees were obtained from Russia), China, Hungary, Serbia, Turkey, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, e.t.c.

Type: The Awards are for Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) studies.

Eligibility Criteria

• Undergraduate Scholarship:

  • All applicants for undergraduate degree courses must possess a minimum qualification of Five (5) Distinctions (As & Bs) in the Senior Secoundary School Certificate, WAEC (May/June) only in the subjects relevant to their fields of study including English Language and Mathematics.
  • Certificates should not be more than Two (2) years old (2015 & 2016).
  • Age limit is from 18 to 20 years.

• Postgraduate Scholarship:

  • All applicants must hold a First Degree with at least 2nd Class Upper Division.
  • The applicants who are previous recipients of Foreign Awards must have completed at least two (2) years post qualification or employment practice in Nigeria.
  • All applicants must have completed N.Y.S.C.
  • Age limit is 35 years for Masters and 40 years for Ph.D.

• Since the BEA countries are non-English speaking, applicants should be prepared to undertake a mandatory one year foreign languare of the country of choice which will be the standard medium of instruction; and

• All applicants for Hungarian Scholarship must visit the website: www.stipendumhungaricum.hu.

Number of Scholarships: Several

What are the benefits? The participating countries are responsible for the tuition and accommodation, while Nigeria government takes care of supplement, warm clothing, health insurance, research grant where applicable and take off.

How long will sponsorship last? The duration of the scholarship offer ranges from 4- 9 years depending on the level of study and the country.


Interview Dates and Zones (Venues): 

North West: Location of interview is Kasu Main Campus

  • Mon 13th Feb: Sokoto and Zamfara states
  • Tues 14th Feb: Kano and Kebbi states
  • Wed 15th Feb: Jigawa and Katsina states
  • Thurs 16th Feb: Kaduna state

North East: Location of interview is FGGC Jalingo, Taraba State

  • Mon 13th Feb: Borno and Yobe states
  • Tues 14th Feb: Bauchi and Gombe states
  • Wed 15th Feb:  Adamawa state
  • Thurs 16th Feb: Taraba state

North Central: Crowther Memorial College, Lokoja Kogi state

  • Mon 13th Feb: Benue state and FCT
  • Tues 14th Feb: Niger and Plateau states
  • Wed 15th Feb:   Nasarawa and Kwara state
  • Thurs 16th Feb: Kogi state

South West: School of Science, Okebola, Ibadan, Oyo state

  • Mon 13th Feb: Osun and Ondo states
  • Tues 14th Feb: Lagos and Ogun states
  • Wed 15th Feb:  Ekiti state
  • Thurs 16th Feb: Oyo state

South South: Federal COE Tech Permanent Site along Asaba-Ibusa rd., Asaba, Delta state

  • Mon 13th Feb: Cross River and  Rivers states
  • Tues 14th Feb: Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa states
  • Wed 15th Feb: Edo  state
  • Thurs 16th Feb: Delta state

South East: Law Faculty, Ebonyi State University, Ebonyi state

  • Mon 13th Feb: Anambra  state
  • Tues 14th Feb: Imo state
  • Wed 15th Feb: Abia and Enugu states
  • Thurs 16th Feb: Ebonyi state

What to bring to Interview: All eligible applicants are to report for interview at the venues scheduled for their respective Zones of origin for proper identification. Two sets of the Printed Completed application forms are usually submitted at the various interview centres with the following attachments:

  • Two sets of Photocopies of Educational Certificates and Testimonials of previous schools attended with the originals for sighting;
  • One certificate is accepted i.e WAEC of May/June only; • Statement of results must be confirmed by WAEC and forwarded to the Director/Secretary, Federal Scholarship Board, Abuja;
  • Two copies of Birth certificate
  • State of Origin/LGA certificate duly signed, stamped and dated;
  • Four (4) passport sized coloured photographs on white background;
  • Academic transcripts and NYSC certificates will be required from applicants for Postgraduate Studies.

How to Apply: Candidates nominated and finally selected by the awarding BEA countries will be required to submit to Federal Scholarship Board the following:

  • Photocopies of Authenticated academic certificates;
  • Data page of current International passport, and
  • Specified Medical Reports & Police clearance certificate.

Visit the scholarship webpage for details

Sponsors: The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry Of Education, through the Federal Scholarship Board (FSB), Plot 245 Samuel Ademulegun Street Central Business District, Abuja


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  1. those who have a diploma, are they also eligible to apply. if they are, to which section? am a registered nurse and will like to go for my degree. how will i apply

  2. How do we get the application forms?

  3. How can I apply for the scholarship

  4. i would like to know when the next scholarship will be coming up.. because am currently on NYSC service to my father land.

  5. i am currently running programe in for my required papers for postgraduate studies internationally. tanx.

  6. I will be completing my NYSC service by April. Am I eligible for application


  8. Good day sir,
    As regards the federal government scholarship, please how can we get the printed application form…..thanks
    Would be waiting for your kind response

  9. what of for some one that have HND,this means you are not care about them or the country don’t need them OK fine if that so why not you scrap all the polytechnics in the country because it’s just a useless and of no use

  10. How am I going to get the form

  11. The requirrments states Minimum of 5 distinctions, I got 5 b’s in my waec then English and maths c am I still eligible for the scholarship

  12. What about Nigerian students with waec results older than two years but hold excellent Cambridge A’level results??

  13. am an ssce student can i apply 4 it

  14. I already got admission to study in South Africa and I’m in possession of valid passport and visa but lack funds. I am to resume this January 2017What should I do? How can I be urgently helped?

  15. Are there no scholarship for people already studying abroad? That shld b put into consideration cos there are many Nigerians abroad doing the nation proud, there should be scholarship that can encourage them.

  16. Hi. I wish to apply for the scholarship, will I be permitted to come along with my statement of result (first degree) pending when I bring the original certificate?

  17. Must we apply in our state or should we just apply at any centre nearby

  18. Does it mean that I don’t have to fill any online form except just to attend the interview. I don’t understand. There is no space to fill any form

  19. Great site, great informations, thanks for sharing

  20. Please am applying for the undergraduate programe, but my WAEC result is 3years old.(2014)
    Can it be accepted .

  21. what is the address we are to send my transcript to

  22. My is MSC in biological science

  23. How is one to apply?

  24. How do I get the application form?

  25. I just completed my secondary school last year,and I am 16 years old. Please can I still apply

  26. Hello, is there an online registration. Please how do I get The link to upload my documents. I saw a statement also on the list of things to provide, to ensure that my waec result geta to the federal scholarship board in Abuja.
    Please go can I do this didn’t see any guidlines

  27. I have a second class lower division as my result, should I go ahead and apply?

    • And if yes, how do I get the form? If no, what other fully funded scholarship is there for me? Waiting for your anticipated response. Thanks

  28. Engr omede clement

    I am on self sponsor in UK already MSC mechanical engineering which am I eligible for

  29. Good day,
    Please how can one access the scholarship form. thank you

  30. pls how am i go to get the form, i studied business admin

  31. I will bring the form to your house Girls only

  32. Thank you for this gear opportunity. I applied to university of Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa for a PhD program . I’m I eligible for the BEA scholarship?

  33. Please what’s the location for the interviews for Bayelsa, and Kogi state. And I’ll be completing my NYSC April, can I still apply for the scholarship.

  34. Good day, please do I get an email, stating that i’m eligible for interview or based on the eligibility criteria, if I m eligible, I can just go for the interview?

  35. when is deadline for registration?

  36. How can I apply ,I just completed jupeb program aand will like to appy:please i need instructive reply

  37. when is the interview result coming ouy

  38. I had 9 credits and I want to register for medicine

  39. Muhammad Aminu Muhammad

    How do we get the application

  40. I have O_level, is there any scholarship for me?

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