A Guide to The Best Scholarships Available in Nigeria

Scholarships have emerged as powerful tools that bridge the gap between the reality of a financially incapacitated student and their dream of a better tomorrow.

Nigeria, a country rich in talent and potential, is witnessing the rise of a generation empowered by education, thanks to a plethora of available scholarships.

In this blog post, we delve into some of the best scholarships available for Nigerian students in Nigeria and their requirements. Some of them don’t even require an essay or an exam.

So if you’re interested in finding out more about these scholarships, keep reading.

NNPC – SNEPCo National University Scholarship Award / Scheme

This scholarship program provides yearly grants to the successful applicants from their second year to the completion of their undergraduate degree programme in recognized Nigerian universities.

This scholarship program is available for only Nigerian citizens who are already undergraduates in the 2nd or 3rd year of their tertiary education.

This scholarship does not require an essay but chosen applicants will write an exam.

The deadline for submission for application is 10th of November so hurry up and apply as soon as you can if you are eligible. Female students are strongly advised to apply for this scholarship. Click the link below to get access to their official website and apply now.

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NNPC – SNEPCo National University Scholarship Award / Scheme official website


Federal Government Scholarship Scheme (FBU and FSL)

Although the Federal Government of Nigeria receives a lot of bad rep for being irresponsible, the Federal Scholarship Board has given scholarships to a lot of students to study in Nigeria and even abroad. The Federal Government of Nigeria offers merit-based scholarships to both undergraduate and postgraduate students through the Federal Scholarship Board (FSB). These scholarships cover various fields of study and provide financial assistance to deserving students, fostering academic excellence.

The scholarship does not require an essay. Applicants are however required to write an exam after registering. They have multiple scholarship opportunities available for different students so click the link to their official website below to find out more details on the scholarships they have available.

Federal scholarship Board official website

Take note that the scholarship funds might be delayed for a little while before it is paid to the students.


 MTN Foundation Scholarship

The MTN Foundation Scholarship program is designed to empower talented and deserving Nigerian students by covering their tuition, book allowance, and stipends. It pays ₦200,000 to over 300 undergraduate students yearly until they graduate. This initiative focuses on high performing students in accredited Nigerian Public Tertiary Institutions across the country. There are 2 categories of this scholarship.

The first one, MTN Science and Technology Scholarship (STS) is open to only 300 level students who are in public universities studying Science & Technology related courses, in Nigerian Public Tertiary Institutions (Universities, Polytechnics, and Colleges of Education).

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The second one, MTN Scholarship for Blind Students (SBS) is open to 200 & 300 level Blind students studying any course in Nigerian Public Tertiary Institution. Click the link below to apply for the scholarship on their website

MTN Foundation Scholarship website


Shell Nigeria University Scholarship Schemes


Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) offers scholarships to qualified Nigerian students pursuing undergraduate degrees in recognized Nigerian universities. It also offers scholarships to qualified postgraduate students who want to further their education outside the country. The scholarship caters to tuition fees and provides a generous stipend, ensuring that financial concerns do not hinder academic pursuits.

SPDC operates various scholarship schemes. Postgraduates wanting to study abroad, undergraduates in Nigerian universities and even secondary school students can benefit from the scholarship scheme. More opportunities are given for students in or from the Niger Delta area of Nigeria. Below is the link to their official website where you can find out more about the various scholarship schemes.

Shell Nigeria University Scholarship Schemes website



David Oyedepo Foundation Scholarship for African Students

David Oyedepo Foundation (DOF) Scholarship Program awards full scholarships to qualified individuals who are indigenes and residents of African countries. Unlike most scholarships available to Nigerian undergraduates, the DOF scholarship is not just for students in public universities. It is for students who wish to go to school in Covenant or Landmark University, Nigeria. Two of the most prominent private universities in Nigeria.

This scholarship is open to students from any African country who have already begun admission applications to Covenant or Landmark University. It covers the academic fees of the student for a maximum of 5 years. (In accordance with the University stipulated time for the duration of the chosen course).

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The scholarship does now require an exam as the qualified candidates will be interviewed by a special board.

Click on the link below to apply for the scholarship if interested

Apply for the David Oyedepo Foundation Scholarship for African Students


In conclusion, having a tertiary education in Nigeria can be expensive but there are available scholarships for Nigerians who want to study in Nigeria. Most of these scholarships are available for students who are in public universities. And most of them require you to pass an exam or submit an essay online in order to get them.

In the pursuit of knowledge, writing a 2 page essay or an exam should not be a deterrent. Anyone who wants to apply for any of these scholarships should visit the websites provided to find more details on it and apply.



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