As part of efforts to achieve the goals of Vision 20:2020 and the Transformation Agenda, the Federal Government of Nigeria is currently developing a critical mass of professionals who would serve as catalysts of change and agents of scientificand technological advancement, as well as sustainable economic development.This is being 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 (PRESSID).The Scheme,
which sponsors graduates that have obtained First Class Honours degrees from anyrecognized and approved university, was established in January 2012 and has awarded a total of two hundred and five (205) scholarships under two editions (the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 academic sessions).

The PRESSID Implementation Committee now invites qualified candidates to apply for the third edition (2015/2016 academic session).

Eligibility Criteria for the Scheme

Interested candidates should: graduates from the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 academic sessions, whowould have completed their National Youth Service (NYSC) by october 2014;

2.have obtained First Class Honours degrees from any recognized and approved University in the following disciplines and aim at postgraduate degrees in the specified and allied programmes:

*.Sciences: Nuclear Physics, Operations Research, Industrial Chemistry, Quantitative Genetics, Biometrics, Molecular Biology, etc;

*.Medicine*: Clinical Sciences, Dentistry, Oncology, Human Genetics,Forensic Medicine, Physiotherapy, Hepatology, Nuclear Medicine,Geriatrics, ophthalmology, etc.;

*.Veterinary medicine*: Veterinary Parasitology, Theriogenology,Public Health, etc;

*.Basic Medical Sciences: Biochemistry, Physiology, Dentistry,

*.Anatomy, Medical Biochemistry, Human Nutrition, Nursing Science,Anatomic and Molecular Pathology, Biomedical Engineering,Medical Microbiology, Physiotherapy, Pharmacology, etc;

*.Pharmaceutical Sciences*: Drug formulations, Natural products,Drug design, Phytochemistry, Ethnopharmacology, PharmaceuticalMicrobiology, etc;

*.Accounting/Actuarial Science: Financial Accounting, ManagementAccounting, Forensic Accounting, Petroleum Accounting, Cost &Management Accounting, Environmental Accounting, etc;

*.Economics: Econometrics, Development Economics, MicroEconomics, Macro Economics, Applied Economics, Labour Economics, etc;

*.Engineering: Aeronautical Engineering, Mechatronics, Control Systems, Material Science and Production Engineering,Nanotechnology, Process Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering,Refinery Design and Operations, Subsea Engineering, Thermal Power(Gas Turbine Option), Reservoir Analysis, Drilling Optimization,Chemical Process Dynamics & Control, Process Modelling and Simulations, etc;

*.Computing and Information Technology: Intelligent RoboticSystems, Computer Systems and Software Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence,Cyber-Security, etc.

*In the case of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Pharmaceutical
Sciences, candidates must have a minimum of 2 Distinctions in their Part
3 and Part 4 MBBS examinations or in their final results.

In all cases, candidates must:
(a) Not be above 30 years of age by October 2014;
(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.

Method of Application

Interested candidates should visit and click on ‘Apply for
PRESSID’ link (banner or menu) to complete the application, which closes on 18th October 2014.

For further enquiries, please contact the Committee through:

Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for further screening.

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

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