The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has kicked off an annual NITDEF scholarship scheme for graduate in Information Technology related fields in Nigeria.
According to the IT agency of the Federal Government, the online application is now open on the website scholarship.nitda.gov.ng or via the official NITDA website nitda.gov.ng that has a link to the scholarship site.
NITDA says that NITDEF is the National Information Technology Development Fund Scholarship meant for Nigerian graduates that have made a First Class or Second Class Upper in any IT related course. The scholarship covers only M.Sc. and Ph.D.
The application will be open on the website for only six weeks and only candidates with either First Class or Second Class Upper in any Information Technology (IT) related course will be eligible to apply for the M.Sc. scholarship, NITDA says.
Additionally, university lecturers with M.Sc. in any Information Technology (IT) related course are eligible for the PhD scholarship but only shortlisted candidates will be invited to take part in an aptitude test which will be organised by NITDA, the agency says.
According to NITDA, the scholarship scheme aims to promote proficiency in Information Technology at Doctorate and Masters Levels and also produce globally-competitive human capital in the area of ICT. It is also hoped to provide opportunities for Nigerian youths to achieve their dreams especially in the area of ICT, create jobs/wealth in IT related field and also provide alternative source of revenue for Nigeria from natural resource-based to knowledge-based endeavours.
Through this scheme, which was established since 2010, the NITDA says that it has sponsored 247 Nigerian Graduates in Information Technology fields at post graduate level and 24 for doctorate.
The scholarship scheme is evenly distributed among the six geo-political zones for Doctorate (PhD) and the 36 states including the FCT for Masters (MSc) Degrees in relevant areas of Information Technology (IT), NITDA says underscoring that it will enhance human capacity building in core areas of Information Technology across Nigeria.
The agency says that after completing the application process, shortlisted candidates will be required to write an aptitude test upon which the scholarship will be awarded to two candidates with the highest scores with one person selected from each state for M.Sc. and one person per geopolitical zone for PhD. The Ph.D. scholarship is only for lecturers in higher institutions and NITDA does not offer employment after completion of scholarship programme, the agency says.
According to NITDA, “we are continually monitoring skill gaps in the field with a view to help create a capable workforce that can face the challenges of the Agency’s vision of Nigeria becoming an Information Technology-driven economy.”