Federal Government of Nigeria is inviting applications for Bilateral Educational Agreement (BEA) Scholarship Award open to Nigerians students. These scholarship awards are for both undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) studies in different fields. The studies are undertaken in the official language of the Awarding Country. Successful candidates must undergo a one year mandatory language course in the host country before the commencement of the main course of study.

Brief Description: Bilateral Educational Agreement (BEA) Awards are scholarship awards made to eligible Nigerian youths after due process by development partners who have entered into Bilateral Educational agreement with Nigeria. These offers could be at the Undergraduate or Post Graduate or both levels as the case may be.

Eligibility: Postgraduate applicants should:
-Possess university degree with a minimum of Second Class Honours Upper Division
-Should not be more than 35 years of Age at the time of taking up the award
-Possess a certificate obtained not more than 5 year at date of application
-Possess NYSC/Exemption certificate (where applicable)
-Should have not less than two (2) years post qualification experience
-Should provide willingness of employer to release applicant (where applicable).
Undergraduate applicants should:
-Candidate must possess at least A or B grades in five relevant subjects including English and Mathematics at one sitting.
-Qualifying Certificate – (WASC or NECO) only.
-Candidate must be between 17-23 years old at the time of taking up the award.
-Certificate must not be more than 3 years old at time of application.
NOTE: All applicants Undergraduate and Post Graduate should provide Medical Certificate of Fitness from a government hospital (including HIV/Hepatitis B free examination result) and Police Clearance Certificate including finger prints.

Award Includes: BEA countries are responsible for the tuition and accommodation, while Nigeria government takes care of the following;
-$500 monthly for supplementation
-$250 yearly for warm clothing
-$200 yearly for Health Insurance
-$500 yearly for medical scholars only
-$1000 for PG research grant yearly were applicable
-N100,000 – Take off for PG scholars were applicable
-N60,000 – Take off for UG scholars were applicable

Study Program: Awards are available for undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) studies.

Study Major: Undergraduate level –medicine, paramedical, engineering, geology, agriculture, sciences, mathematics, languages, environmental sciences, sports, law, social sciences etc. Postgraduate level (master’s degree and PhD) in all fields.

Host Organization: Universities in Algeria (UG), China(PG), Cuba(UG &PG), Egypt(UG), Greece(UG & PG), Hungary (PG & UG) Japan (UG & PG), Macedonia(UG), Mexico(PG),Morocco(UG), Romania(UG), Russia(UG & PG), Serbia(UG & PG), Tunisia(UG), Turkey (UG &. PG), Ukraine (UG), South- Korea (PG), etc

Number of Awards: Not Known

National/International Students:  Nigerian students can apply for these BEA Awards.

Governing Body: Federal Government of Nigeria

Application Procedure: All qualified candidates are advised to:
a. Visit www.fsb.gov.ng
b Click on the Application Center
c. Register your username and password
d. Click BEA in the Application Center
e. Proceed to complete the form online and submit
f. Then print the completed Application form
All eligible applicants are to report for interview at the venues nearest to them as scheduled for their respective states of origin. Two sets of completed application forms should be submitted at the various interview centres with the following attachments:
-Two authenticated photocopies of Educational Certificates and Testimonial,
-Only one Certificate will be accepted i.e. WAEC or NECO,
-Statement of results must be confirmed by WAEC or NECO and forwarded to the Director/ Secretary, Federal Scholarship Board, Abuja,
-Two copies of Birth Certificate,
-State of Origin Certificate duly signed, stamped and dated,
-Eight (8) passport  sized colour photographs on white background,
-Medical Certificate of  Fitness including HIV /AIDS, and Hepatitis B free Certificates obtained from  a  Teaching Hospital, General Hospital or National Hospital, Abuja,
-Police Clearance Certificate including finger prints from the Police Station nearest to Place of Residence,
-Data page of current International Passport, and
-Academic transcripts and NYSC certificate will be required from applicants for postgraduate studies.

Submission Deadline: Application should be submitted before the interview. (To qualify for nomination and award, applicants must appear for the interview. Nomination interviews are conducted in Feb/March each year by the Federal Scholarship Board and Secretaries of States Scholarship Boards at designated centers in each of the six Geopolitical Zones of the country.)

For more details visit the official site.