Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has awarded scholarships to 12 Nigerian lecturers to undertake doctoral degree programmes on science-related disciplines in France.
The executive secretary of TETFund, Sonny Echono, who made this known at a pre-departure briefing of the scholars in Abuja, said the scheme falls under the TETFund Scholarship for Academic Staff Intervention (TSAS).
Echono said the scheme came into force following the implementation of an agreement between TETFund and Campus France, which was reached in April 2023.
The TETFund boss, who also disclosed that the fund has trained nearly 40,000 Nigerian academics in postgraduate studies, locally and internationally, said the TSAS is aimed at providing financial assistance to lecturers of Nigeria’s public tertiary institutions pursuing postgraduate studies.
Echono revealed that the sum of N63,457,600.40 or € 77,862.16 was approved in favour of each scholar for the 3-year duration of the programme, which amount to a total of N761,491,924.80 or € 934,345.92 for the 12 approved scholars.
He added that the funds would be disbursed to each beneficiary in line with the provisions of the agreement with the Campus France which was reached on Tuesday, 18th April, 2023.
“The sum of N63,457,600.40 (€ 77,862.16) was approved in favour of each scholar for the Three (3) year duration of the programme, which amounts to a total of 761,491,924.80 (€ 934,345.92) in favour of the 12 approved scholars which would be disbursed to each beneficiary in line with the provisions of the agreement,” he said.
While stating that the 12 scholars were approved by the management of TETFund from eight beneficiary institutions, he said this approval was Cohort 1 and was sequel to the call for presentation of eligible prospective scholars earlier communicated to all TETFund beneficiary institutions.
“The successful prospective scholars would be undertaking various postgraduate programmes of National Priority at the underlisted Universities in France: Universite Paris -Est Creteil (UPEC), France: 3 scholars, University of Strasbourgh, Paris, France: one scholar; Universite De Lorraine (L.G.IPM), France: two scholars; Universite Claude Bernard, Lyon one, France: three scholars; Universite Lyon two, France: one scholar; Cancer Research Centre of Lyon, France: one scholar and Institut Superieur D’Electronique de Paris: one scholar,” he said.
Echono charged the scholars to be good ambassadors of Nigeria and take full advantage of the opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research projects, work with world-renowned researchers and have access to state-of-the-art research facilities.
He noted that this will help to foster innovation and contribute to the development of the Nigerian research and development sector and further enhance Nigeria’s Global Citation Index.
Earlier, the Director of Academic Staff Training and Development at TETFund, Muhammed Garba, said the pre-departure briefing was approved by TETFund management to sensitise scholars on the fund’s guidelines, provisions of the MoU and agreements, general conduct of scholars among others.
On her part, the manager of Campus France, Nigeria, Laura Moras, expressed delight at the swift operation of the agreement, stating that both parties started managing its implementation in August.
Moras, in a presentation, provided orientation to the scholars on what to do before and after arrival in France, urging them to ensure all original documents to be used for travelling, accommodation and others were handy.