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The Nigerian Petroleum Technology Development Fund (NPTDF) disclosed to have received 27,474 applications from young Nigerians seeking financial support to study various nuclear technology-related curricula in Russia.

Russia’s state-owned nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom, previously announced that it is now open to taking applications to fund nuclear energy studies by Nigerians at institutions in Russia, reports THISDAY.

CEO of Rosatom Central and Southern Africa, Dmitry Shornikov highlighted the rationale for the scholarship scheme.

“The goal of the scholarship is to support interest in nuclear research and capabilities among young African scientists and engineers, and contribute to solving some of the world's most critical issues in the nearest future, allowing for the continent to be self-sufficient,” Shornikov stated.

The federal government recently signed an agreement with Russia for the construction of nuclear power plants and a nuclear research centre in Nigeria.

Nuclear energy scholarship package

Shornikov explained that the scholarship package will include tuition fees and free preparatory courses in the Russian language. Read more: Rosatom selects winners of nuclear energy video competition

Beneficiary students will also have access to subsidised accommodation; library funds and practical experience at Russian nuclear enterprises.

NPTDF’s head of media, Kalu Otisi that the applications it received were for its overseas postgraduate scholarship scheme implemented under its strategic partnership with universities in the UK, Germany, and France as well as for undergraduate, masters and doctoral studies in Nigerian federal universities under its local scholarship scheme.