New scholarship scheme announced

The University of Aberdeen has announced a new scholarship scheme that will provide opportunities for students from Africa and South Asia.

The Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme will cover the cost of full tuition fees plus additional expenses including travel for one year, for a minimum of 3 postgraduate scholars*.

Students from Ghana, Uganda, Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Mauritania and French Guiana are eligible for the scheme, which has been developed by Tullow Oil and is managed by the British Council.

The scholarships aim to help plug the skills gap in sector areas which are of economic importance in these countries, including, but not exclusively, their oil and gas industries.

The scholarships are open to students from the eligible countries undertaking postgraduate degrees in:

  • Geosciences
  • Engineering
  • Agriculture and Agro-based courses
  • Environmental and Forestry Management
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Marine Sciences
  • Logistics and Supply Chain
  • Law
  • Business

Welcoming the announcement Professor Ian Diamond, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen said: “The introduction of the Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme to our strong portfolio of scholarships is a prime example of the University of Aberdeen's commitment to developing opportunities for students from across the globe.

“Recipients of the scholarships will have the chance to develop skills and expertise which will position them well for future employment opportunities in key industry sectors in their home country, whilst also benefitting from the unique student experience that Aberdeen offers.”

The introduction of the scholarship scheme follows a pilot project which provided support for 3 Ghanaian students at the University last year.

Lesline Nyankson, a postgraduate student studying Oil and Gas Law is one of the students who benefitted from the scheme.

She said: “Having recently discovered oil in Ghana it became necessary to train the state's attorneys in the field. The Ministry of Justice where I have been working for the past 7 years did not have the kind of financial support needed for such training, therefore when Tullow Oil offered to help I was nominated to acquire some legal knowledge and skills for the industry.

“Now apart from being equipped to support the Ministry of Justice, my successful completion of this course will provide me with a Masters Degree for life, and I am very grateful to Tullow Oil for that.”

The deadline for application for the Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme is April 6, 2012.

For more information about the scholarship contact Dr Ainsley McIntosh, International Officer, on 01224 273199 or a.mcintosh@abdn.ac.uk .

For more information on the scholarship scheme visit: http://tullowgroupscholarshipscheme.org/

For more information about Tullow Oil visit www.tullowoil.com/

Notes to Editors
*The Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme will offer scholarships to a total of 110 students who can select to study at a choice of 48 universities across the UK.

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