The annual BG Group scholarship that offers 10 scholarships each year to Tanzanian graduates to study for Masters of Science degrees for Geoscience and Engineering in UK universities has opened its 2016 applications.
The scholarship covers a range of 23 taught courses relevant to the oil and gas sector are available at four UK universities: Aberdeen University, Heriot Watt University, Cranfield University and Robert Gordon University.
The BG Tanzania funded scheme aims to impact Tanzanians with requisite relevant technical skills in the emerging natural gas sector. Upon successful completion of one of the courses included in the Scheme, beneficiaries have the potential to qualify for participation in BG Group’s International Graduate Development Programme.
BG Tanzania’s social investment programme in Higher Education has three components including: the international scholarship scheme, a new national scholarship pilot scheme implemented in Tanzania in 2015 and provision of institutional support to the Geology Department of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM).
“BG Tanzania’s Higher Education programme is designed to deliver a pipeline of postgraduates from which the industry can recruit, while at the same time also generating valuable information that helps us and others to contribute to strengthening the country’s higher education institutions (HEIs),” the explorer says on its website.
The scholarships – funded by BG Tanzania and administered by the British Council – cover the cost of academic fees, travel, living expenses and pastoral support while the graduates are in the UK. Successful candidates will also be provided support when applying for a visa.
Scholarships are granted for a maximum period of 12 months, for courses starting in September 2016.
The deadline for applying for a scholarship award under this Scheme is 15 March 2016 after which applicants will be shortlisted and invited for interviews, and the final selection of scholars will be announced by April 2016.
In Tanzania BG Group is the operator of two offshore blocks and has discovered around 16 tcf of total gross resource in 9 discovery wells including: (Block 1) Chaza, Jodari, Jodari North, Mkizi, Mzia, Taachui and in Chewa, Ngisi ,Pweza wells in Block 4.