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Undergraduate Scholarships in Nigeria for 2022/2023

Undergraduate scholarships in Nigeria can be difficult to find for students in Nigerian universities and other institutions of learning. In this post, we will collate and give you information on any available scholarship for Nigerian students.

This post contains the list and description of any ongoing scholarship in Nigeria 2022. In other words, the we will answer your question about which scholarships are available now.

It is important to point out at this point that by undergraduate scholarships in Nigeria, we mean only those schemes that are available for studying in Nigerian tertiary institutions. Therefore, this will not include such scholarships as Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, Marshall Scholarship, Knight-Hennessy Scholars, Gates Cambridge Scholarships, Chevening Scholarship, national undergraduate scholarships, among others.

Scholarships for Nigerian Undergraduate Students

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What You’ll Get From This Article

We have highlighted what not to expect from this article. Next, we will share what to expect.

In essence, this article focuses on schemes available for university, polytechnic and college students in Nigeria. These scholarships will include any NGO scholarship for poor students, MTN scholarship for undergraduate, Shell Scholarship, UNICAF scholarship for Nigerian students, among others.

We will help you explore the scores of full time programme scholarships in Nigeria. You will also get details such as application criteria, whether it is available not only for first year, but also second year students.

Finally, we will include links to details of the university scholarships and application method.

Undergraduate Scholarships in Nigeria

Types of Undergraduate Nigerian Students Scholarships

We will also highlight when scholarship schemes are national merit awards or targeted to a specific group. The former are usually sponsored by the National Government or private bodies such as the PTDF scholarships. Examples of the latter are state government scholarship programmes (e.g. Niger Delta) and indigene of local government financial aid.

How to Apply

Where the scholarship awards application form, methods and timelines (especially deadlines) are available, we will include them. Usually, applicant will go to the sponsor’s website to apply.

However, in some cases, the application methods are manual and you have to visit places like your state’s ministry of education too obtain paper application forms.

There will also be companies that sponsors award for academic excellence in any Nigerian University. Some pick a selected few out of the numerous universities in Nigeria.

As a reminder, we will focus on undergraduate financial aids and there will be nothing here for postgraduate students.

SEE ALSO: Scholarship For O Level Students In Nigeria.

List of Undergraduate Scholarships in Nigeria

Below, you will see a comprehensive list of available scholarships in Nigeria. These are free scholarship opportunities and no one will ask you to pay an application fee.

Some of these scholarship awards help you pay your tuition fee only and will not cover living expenses and other fees. Others are financial aids that you can use towards your tuition or living expenses.

Scholars get the award in the form of cheques or cash. Therefore, they can use the money for anything they want. Each scholarship program has these details on their application form or website.

Federal Government Scholarships

Federal Government Scholarship Awards in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions.

The Federal Government Scholarship Awards can be used in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions, and are open for applications every year.

The Federal Ministry of Education is inviting applications from eligible Nigerian students enrolled in Nigerian tertiary institutions in Nigeria every year.

All undergraduate and graduate programs offered by tertiary institutions in Nigeria are admissible and can participate in the selection interviews.

Application Deadline: Changes each year.

Application form Website: http://www.fsb.gov.ng/ or https://education.gov.ng/fsb.

State and Local Governments Undergraduate Scholarships in Nigeria

States Starting With A to C

Many, if not all state governments in Nigeria offer some form of scholarship or bursary awards to students from their states. They are more popularly known as state of origin awards.

The challenge with finding many of them is that the application method is manual. Therefore, you have to manually track the application timeline and requirements.

Often times, you can find out through the state students body in your school (e.g. Ogun State Students Association for students of Ogun origin) or by going to your state’s ministry of education.

Abia State Government Scholarship Awards

Commonly offered to two students from each of the 17 local government areas in the state. To apply, you have to go to the Abia State Scholarship Board (ASSB) office. You can find their address online.

Adamawa State Scholarship Trust Fund

The ASSTF has 5 types of scholarship schemes, namely: 1. Special scholarship 2. Full scholarship 3. Bursary 4. Foreign scholarship 5. Students loan. You can find the details of each one by going to their official website here: http://www.asstf.ad.gov.ng/.

Akwa Ibom State Origin Scholarship Scheme

His Excellency, the Education friendly Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has approved the Award of Scholarships to 500 (Five Hundred) indigent (very poor) but intelligent students of Akwa Ibom State origin, studying in Federal or State Universities in Nigeria with effect from the 2021/2022 academic session valued at N200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) only for each student, per session.

For details, go to https://moe.akwaibomstate.gov.ng/application-form-for-award-of-undergraduate-scholarship/.

Anambra State Scholarship Scheme

The State’s Bursary of Anambra usually sponsors the scholarship. These Undergraduate scholarships in Nigeria are intended to help students at learning institutions.

For more details, go to https://anambrastate.gov.ng/.

Lagos State Scholarship Award (Local)

The Lagos State Government provides locals and residents with both domestic and international aids. In this article, we will focus on the local scholarship only.

Unless otherwise instructed by His Excellency, this is for prospective students who are from Lagos State. In Nigerian higher institutions, students should be enrolled full-time rather than part-time in their studies.

Previous Deadline: November 13.

Application form Website: https://portal.lagosscholarship.org/ and https://scholarshipboard.lagosstate.gov.ng/.

NGOs and Private Companies Scholarships

Agbami Scholarship Awards

Some courses, including Medicine and Surgery, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Engineering, are fully funded by this Agbami Nigeria Limited although not all courses are considered.

To become eligible for these undergraduate scholarships in Nigeria, you must not have other financial aids and must be standing at Second Class Upper level in school (CGPA requirement).

Engineering students receive a hundred thousand Naira (N100,000) while medical students receive two hundred thousand Naira (N200,000).

Previous Deadline: June 9.

Application form Website: https://www.scholastica.ng/.

Submission of application is open for first year and second year Nigerian University students in any given academic year.

Agip Scholarships for Nigerian Undergrad Students

The Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) collaborates with NNPC (60%), NAOC (20%), and Oando (20%) in a joint venture. They work in the Niger Delta’s swamp and rural areas.

The offer two categories of scholarship. They include the National Merit Award–for applicants from Non-Host communities (overseas), and Host Communities Merit Award–for applicants strictly from NAOC Host Communities (Niger Delta, Nigeria).

Host Community means students from Bayelsa, Delta, Imo and Rivers states.

Eligible courses include:

  • Geology
  • Geoscience
  • Agricultural science
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • System Engineering
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Material Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

You must have second class upper to become eligible. In addition, your school must be eligible and you must be in 100L undergraduate programme.

This award covers tuition fee, books and upkeep expenses.

Previous Deadline: August 31.

Application form Website: https://www.scholastica.ng/.

Mobil Nigeria Scholarship for Undergraduate Students

Students in Nigerian numerous universities are eligible to apply for the Mobil Nigeria National Undergraduate Scholarship Awards. The award is open to deserving students from all of the Federation’s states (not just the Niger Delta), including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN), operator of its joint venture (JV) with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), awards 500 first degree university scholarships annually to students in Nigerian universities

Application Deadline: December 1.

Application form Websites: https://scholarship.nnpcmpn.com.ng/ and here.

NWAG Scholarship for Nigerian Women

Every year, the Nigerian Women Association of Georgia (NWAG) offers scholarships for 37 Nigerian female undergraduate students. One award goes to one person per state of origin in Nigeria. You can use the financial support at any university and any course of study.

The amount of money you get is the sum of fifty thousand Naira only (N50,000).

Previous deadline: May 15.

Application form Website: Click here.

David Oyedepo Foundation Scholarships

This financial award is available in Nigeria for African Students. In other words, African students can redeem the award from the scholarship scheme for studying in Nigeria.

The scholarship scheme awards full ride scholarships to qualified individuals who are indigenes and residents of African countries (that is, international students from Africa). 

The scheme seeks to develop youth leaders who are ready to put their learned skills to work in leading organizations, communities and their local countries.

The scholarship grants any qualified student the opportunity to study at Covenant and Landmark University, Nigeria.

Previous deadline: August 14.

Application form Website: Not applicable.

Gani Fawehinmi Scholarship Program for Undergraduate Students

This is a university scholarship scheme available for studying in Nigerian universities in full time courses. Scholars who meet the criteria will become beneficiaries of one Four Million Naira Scholarships For 20 to 40 Nigerian Students in Nigeria tertiary institution.

The 20 to 40 university scholarships are tenable for full time programmes at Nigerian higher institutions including Universities, Polytechnics and College of Education.

MUSTE Scholarships for Undergraduate Nigerian Students

Mr. Jim Ovia established and funded the Jim Ovia Foundation Scholarships in 2004 to offer financial aid to deserving Nigerian youths.

In 2007, the scheme gave birth to the MUSTE scholarship, which provides recipients with assistance for undergraduate studies for the entirety of their undergraduate career.

The total aid includes tuition and maintenance allowance. The program offers an average of 100 opportunities every year.

It is open to any undergraduate of Nigerian citizenship. One hundred (100) awardees are selected each year from a pool of eligible applicants.

The undergraduate scholarships in Nigeria are awarded on the basis of personal intellectual ability, leadership capability and a desire to contribute to society at large to improve the lives of others.

Previous deadline: It varied by year.

Application Link: https://www.jimoviafoundation.org/programmes/muste-scholarship.

MTN Foundation Science and Technology Scholarships

This is for undergraduate scholars in various fields of studies tenable at Nigerian tertiary schools of learning. The MTN foundation Scholarships will be renewed for the existing students provided they have maintained a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.5 or its equivalent (second class upper/upper credit).

Previous Deadline: September 6.

Sponsor Website: https://www.mtn.ng/scholarships/.

NPDC/SEPLAT Undergraduate Scholarships

This is the first undergraduate scholarships by the joint venture between Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited and Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc.

Second-year undergraduates in Nigerian public universities who meet the requirements and are interested are eligible to apply for the scholarships.

Previous Deadline: Not specified; Two (2) weeks after the date of publication or announcement of the advertisement.

Addax Petroleum/NNPC Nigeria Limited Scholarship Programme

For full-time undergraduate scholars enrolled in any university across the country, polytechnic, or college of education who are pursuing a degree at the 100-level.

Addax Petroleum Development (Nigeria) Limited offers the National Tertiary Institutions Scholarship Awards.

Previous deadline: April 25.

Total Nigeria Scholarship – National Merit Awards

Each year, Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (TEPNG) demonstrates a high level of commitment towards the educational development of Nigerian Students through its annual grants of scholarships to deserving Nigerian students in secondary and tertiary institutions as well as those in postgraduate studies.

Previous deadline: November 22.

Shell/SNEPCo National Merit University Scholarships

The Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company (SNEPCo) National Merit University Scheme is open for undergraduate students in Nigerian universities. The merit based scholarship is open for full time undergraduates studying select engineering and science courses.

Previous deadline: August 10.

Nigeria LNG Undergraduate Scholarship Award

Each year the Nigeria LNG Limited opens application for Nigeria LNG Undergraduate Scholarship Award for first year Undergraduate students in Nigerian universities. The Nigeria LNG Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme started in 1998 as part of Nigeria LNG Limited’s Corporate Social Responsibility to Nigerian Citizens to enhance human capacity development.

Previous deadline: July 31.

Important Tips For When You Apply For Scholarships Online

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are the frequently asked questions around Nigerian scholarships 2022. We have seen some on internet forums while others were posed to us as questions via our contact form. We will answer those questions as best as we can in the following sections.

Is NNPC Scholarship 2022 Out?

Yes, and the application deadline has passed. Therefore, you must wait for the next academic session to apply if you want.

Does UNICEF offer scholarships?

If you are searching for UNICEF scholarship for Nigerian students, research the UNICEF/SPIC scholarship program for undergraduates.

MUST SEE: Scholarships for International Students.


There you have some scholarships in Nigeria for undergraduate. There aren’t so many scholarship opportunities that are available to undergraduates; they can easily be counted. Postgraduate students can see any relevant scholarships scheme here.

When I say that there are not many scholarships, I am talking about any scholarship scheme that are available for any student in different tertiary institutions in Nigeria. We also listed application method for each scheme.

Every year, scholarship scheme opportunities open for various categories of students in Nigeria. Some are available only for scholars who have shown excellent academic prowess while others are available based on financial status of scholars amongst other factors.

Many of these scholarships in Nigeria for undergraduate student sea usually applied for after the first session of a student’s study in their respective schools.

This is the general trend, however, every undergraduate scholarship board has its own requirements and eligibility requirements. We will not be touching them in this article.

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Ahmed Ogundimu

Ahmed Ogundimu is a Web Designer and Developer, Digital Marketing Expert and SEO Manager. I enjoy finding solutions to problems and sharing same, hence the reason for creating www.ngscholars.com and some other websites I own. I work as a web developer at Sigmanox NG and also as the web administrator/editor at NGScholars. Follow me on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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