Application opens on Friday, 30th January 2015.

About the Scholarship Scheme

The Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme (TGSS) aims to build capacity in areas where Tullow’s host countries experience significant skills gaps, especially, but not exclusively, around these countries’ oil and gas industries. It is aligned with Tullow’s aim of supporting long-term socio-economic development in countries where it operates.

The Tullow Group Scholarships are vocational, technical and postgraduate scholarships available to individuals in Tullow’s operating countries in Africa and South America, and are entirely managed by British Council.

Scholarships are available to those who are committed to making a contribution to their country’s development. The Scheme gives candidates a chance to receive a high standard of education from locally and internationally recognised institutions, which can then be applied in the scholar’s home country.

The TGSS sponsors candidates from various educational backgrounds through the following programmes: The participating countries and the types of award are as follows:
  • Ethiopia
    Awards to public servants nominated by key Ministries/Government Agencies
  • Ghana
    Awards to anyone by public competition, awards by public competition for Western Region indigenes and awards for public servants nominated from key Ministries/Government Agencies
  • Guyana
    Awards to public servants nominated by key Ministries/Government Agencies
  • Ivory Coast
    Awards to public servants nominated by key Ministries/Government Agencies
  • Kenya
    Awards to anyone by public competition and awards by public competition to indigenes from areas where Tullow is operating
  • Mauritania
    Awards to public servants nominated by key Ministries/Government Agencies)
  • Suriname
    Awards to public servants nominated by key Ministries/Government Agencies
  • Uganda
    Awards to anyone from the general public through an open public competition
  • Uruguay
    Awards to public servants nominated by key Ministries/Government Agencies

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for an International Postgraduate Scholarship (Masters and Postgraduate diploma), applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Must be a citizen and be legally resident in participating country (Preference will be given to candidates that are ordinarily resident in Tullow’s operational areas and in the country of application);
  • Must have a minimum of Bachelor’s degree or Licence Professionnelle (second class lower or better) or an HND (second class upper or better);
  • Have a track record of success in their field of endeavour including but not limited to work experience in the area linked to their chosen course. Applicants from Tullow’s operational areas
  • Must not previously studied abroad or received an international scholarship
  • Must have ambition, a strong personality, entrepreneurial and creative spirit and leadership skills;
  • Must demonstrate commitment to return to country and contribute to the future development of the country;
  • Must demonstrate a high level of competence in management, strategy and the ability to train and develop others.


  • An active personal email address
  • Original/certified academic transcripts and certificates (and translations where relevant)
  • Up-to-date information regarding employment background
  • Details and letters from two (2) referees (professional or academic)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/Resume
  • Valid Passport
  • Recent Passport Photograph
  • Proof of Residency
  • Personal Statement (Note that a strong personal statement can set you apart from other applicants)


Is the scholarship for degree holders only?

No. The scholarship is for degree holders with second class lower or better and HND holders with second class upper or better with a track record of success in their field of endeavour including but not limited to work experience in the area linked to their chosen course.

The scholarship is also for SSSCE and WASSCE holders from the Western Region in Ghana and KCSE holders from Turkana in Kenya with a minimum of grade C or B3 in mathematics, English and Physics with at least one year work experience in in the preferred field of study or related.

Employees of Tullow Oil and British Council as well as contractors, 3rd party contractors, consultants or their direct dependents are not eligible to apply for a Tullow scholarship. Employees from other Oil and Gas companies or companies that have a contract with Tullow are not eligible. If you need further clarification, please contact your local British Council office.

If I am awarded this scholarship, does it mean I will get employment with Tullow Oil upon return from studies?

The Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme is designed to build capacity in key areas required for the oil and gas industry and in auxiliary/support sectors so that economies can develop in a balanced manner.

While one of the results will be to increase the local talent pool of people with oil and gas industry skills, it is not aimed at Tullow Oil and does not guarantee employment with any of the oil companies.

Does the scholarship sponsor only oil and gas courses?

No. The scholarship sponsors a wide range of courses that are relevant for, and contribute to, the economic growth of participating countries and especially related to the oil and gas and its auxiliary industries.

Why are all scholars taken to the UK/Europe to study? Why not the Americas or Asia?

The Scheme currently only focuses on institutions of excellence in the UK and Europe (Ireland and France) in this initial phase. It will facilitate French speakers from the participating countries to study in France if required.

The Scheme will be reviewed periodically and institutions in other countries may be considered depending on the findings of the review/evaluation.

Do Scholars get to work during their studies?

Although scholars studying in the UK will be allowed to work up to 20 hours a week, Tullow scholars in the UK are barred from working and will be required to concentrate on completing their studies during the specified time duration and return home. However, engaging in course related internships is encouraged during the course of study where appropriate.

Scholars in France however may be required as part of their course to undertake company specific internships as part of their course assessment requirement.

Can applicants outside the listed countries benefit from the scholarship?

No. The scholarship is limited to citizens who are resident and working in the participating countries only. The aim is for the scholars to return to their home country and contribute to its development by applying the increased skills and knowledge they have acquired.

Will applicants be required to take tests?

Yes. Applicants will be expected to take a series of tests such as English language, logic and current affairs which they will have to pass to move on to the next stage of the application process. Candidates looking to study in UK universities may be required to take and pass IELTS (International English Language Testing System) before awards will be confirmed.

The mark required for IELTS is a minimum score of 6.0 in each sub section and a minimum overall score of 6.5

What does the scholarship package entail?

The scholarship will cover the following;
  • Full tuition fees
  • Monthly stipend
  • Travel costs
  • A one-off warm clothing
  • Other allowances including baggage, gadget, thesis and study trip

What are the Tullow Technical Training Scholarships?

The Tullow Technical Training Awards is an initiative from Tullow Oil plc. This initiative will support technical and vocational training for Ghanaians from the Western Region to pursue courses at the Jubilee Technical Training Centre, Takoradi. The Tullow Technical Training Awards at JTTC is to augment the current international scholarships sponsored by Tullow Oil and to contribute to the capacity building of local institutions in providing training. The Tullow Technical Training Awards will support this agenda by helping to increase the number of people with expertise in oil and gas, the wider supply chain and allied sectors in the countries where Tullow operates.

What expenses will be covered for the Tullow Technical Training Scholarships?

The sponsorship will cover;
  • full tuition fees
  • a monthly stipend

What courses will be sponsored at JTTC by Tullow Oil?

The courses under sponsorship are:
  • Process engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Instrumentation

Who can I contact for more information on Skills and Employability Training?

For more information about the Skills and Employability Training, contact British Council Ghana or British Council Kenya