The merit-based scholarship is in two categories – the National Merit Award (NM) and the Areas of Operation Merit Award.

  • National Merit Award (NM) - Open to all Nigerians.
  • Areas of Operation Merit Award – Open to Nigerians who are indigenes of SPDC’s operational areas in Bayelsa, Delta, Imo and Rivers States.


  • Be citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
  • Be registered FULL-TIME undergraduates in on accredited course in and approved University in Nigeria.
  • Be in 200 Level (as at January 2023) or possess proof of admission into undergraduate programme in the 2020/2021 academic session.
  • Not be a beneficiary of any other scholarship from an entity operating in the Oil and Gas Industry, National or International.


  • Applicants should have a valid email account and phone number (for consistent communication).
  • Applications are processed online, via - https://candidate.scholastica.ng/schemes/SPDC2023.
  • Applicants for ‘Areas of Operation Merit Award’ are required to provide scanned copies of letters of identification, stamped and signed by:
    • The paramount chief/traditional head of the community (government-recognised) and
    • The Chairman of the Community Development Committee or the Community Executive Council (government-recognised).
    • The letters should be addressed to:
      The Manager, Social Performance & Social Investment
      The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited
      Port Harcourt.
  • Each document must not exceed 200KB and the image must be in JPEG format.


  • Application is FREE. Shell does not demand payment from applicants.
  • Shell does not assign ‘Representatives’ or ‘Agents’ to assist applicants’ process applications.
  • Application closes February 03, 2023.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for the proctored computer-based test.
  • Only successful candidates at each selection stage will be contacted.

For inquiries or concern, please contact: SPDC-SI-Scholarships@shell.com.