In this article, we are going to be looking at a scholarship program called the NITDA Blockchain Scholarship. This scholarship program is offered in Nigeria, and it’s known to be quite unique as the scholarship program is aimed at training only 30,000 Nigerians on blockchain technology for developing skills in the emerging technology.
Host: Federal Government of Nigeria
Eligible country: Nigeria
Reward: full scholarship
About National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) was established in April 2001 to implement the Nigerian Information Technology Policy and to coordinate general information technology development in the country.
In Nigeria, they plan, research, develop, standardize, apply, coordinate, monitor, evaluate, and regulate information technology practices, activities, and systems.
Their primary responsibility is to create, regulate, and advise on information technology in the country via regulatory standards, guidelines, and policies.
Furthermore, NITDA serves as a clearinghouse for all IT projects and infrastructure development in the country. It is Nigeria’s primary agency for e-government implementation, Internet governance, and general IT development.
About the NITDA blockchain scholarship
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) had announced the launch of the NITDA Blockchain Scholarship on October 20, 2022. Although the deadline for the scholarship was November 28, 2022, it was revealed that the scholarship program happens annually, so as a new year is coming, you can apply for the Nitda Blockchain Scholarship in 2023.
The training, which will be carried out in collaboration with Domineum Blockchain Solutions, was announced by the NITDA’s director general, Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi, during the blockchain day of the “Digital Nigeria” event held recently in Abuja.
According to Abdullahi, the scholarship will be beneficial to “accelerate blockchain adoption in Nigeria and make Nigeria a global player in the blockchain industry.” He called on Nigerians to take advantage of the scholarship to become “early solution providers in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”
Domineum Blockchain Solutions is the scheme’s implementing partner, and BSV Blockchain Academy is the course content provider.
In response to the announcement, Mr. Mohammed Jega, co-founder of Domineum, reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to “delivering quality education and equipping participants with the skills to build real-life blockchain solutions.”
Similarly, Calistus Igwilo, Domineum’s course coordinator and CTO, stated: “Blockchain will power the next generation of data.” “The courses are carefully designed to equip participants with the right skills to become professionals and help shape the future of the blockchain industry.”
The program will be delivered in all of the Federation’s states via a hybrid mode (virtual and physical meetups). Outstanding teams in the project phase will be invited to join an incubation program in London, while others will be introduced to the BSV ecosystem, where they will be able to participate in a variety of projects.
The scholarship is open to all Nigerians who are willing to work a minimum of 20 hours per week, have access to laptops or desktop computers, demonstrate commitment and determination, and have no prior programming experience.
PhD: University or polytechnic lecturers with an MSc in any field related to information technology are eligible to apply for sponsorship.
MSc: All Nigerian citizens with a First Class or Second Class (Upper) Honors Bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) in a field related to information technology who have not previously benefited from the Agency’s Scholarship Scheme.
The scholarship award is strictly merit-based and is distributed equally among the six geopolitical zones for the PhD and the 36 states and FCT for the MSc.
There is no requirement for prior programming experience, and the scholarship is open to any Nigerian who is willing to put in at least 20 hours per week, has access to a laptop or desktop computer, and demonstrates passion and determination.
The master’s program will last one year, while the doctorate program will last three years.
How to Apply
Normally, there would be an application Google form given by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), but because the application is currently closed,… The link is down, but we’ll update you when the time comes for the next scholarship program.
Check out their website for more information or updates