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Nigeria Higher Education Foundation (NHEF) - Scholars Program 2023

Sep 10, 2023

Nigeria Higher Education Foundation (NHEF) - Scholars Program 2023:The Nigeria Higher Education Foundation (NHEF) Scholars Program 2023 is an exceptional opportunity for talented Nigerian students to accelerate their careers and acquire valuable professional skills. This in-depth guide provides all the information you need to successfully apply for and participate in the NHEF Scholars Program 2023


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The NHEF Scholars Program is one of the foundation’s flagship initiatives, designed to identify and support talented Nigerian students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential, and commitment to community service. 

Since its inception, the program has helped hundreds of students gain access to internships, professional development, and networking opportunities, laying the groundwork for successful careers.

Benefits of Participating in the NHEF  2023

Participating in the NHEF Scholars Program 2023 comes with numerous benefits, including:

     • Internship Opportunities: Gain valuable work experience and industry exposure through internships with leading Nigerian companies.

     • Professional Development: Enhance your employability with career development training sessions, mentorship, and networking opportunities.

      • Leadership Skills: Develop your leadership potential through workshops, team-building exercises, and community service projects.

      • Networking: Build a strong professional network by connecting with fellow NHEF Scholars, alumni, mentors, and industry professionals.

      • Global Impact: Contribute to Nigeria’s socio-economic development by applying your skills and expertise in your chosen field.

Eligibility Criteria for the NHEF Scholars Program 2023

To qualify as an NHEF Scholar, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

     • Be a penultimate student at one of the NHEF Partner Universities, i.e., 300 Level students studying a 4-year course or 400-level students studying a 5-year course.

     • Demonstrate academic excellence, as evidenced by a strong academic record and positive evaluations from faculty members.

     • Exhibit a commitment to leadership, community service, and philanthropy, as demonstrated through participation in extracurricular activities and involvement in community projects.

     • Show a dedication to long-term career development and a willingness to actively engage in the program’s activities.

The NHEF Partner Universities include:

        • Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

        • Bayero University, Kano

        • Kwara State University

        • University of Ibadan

        • University of Lagos

        • University of Nigeria, Nsukka

        • University of Port Harcourt


         • Application Deadline: All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (WAT) on May 26, 2023.

         • Selection Process: After the application deadline, the NHEF team will review all submissions and select the most qualified candidates based on the program’s eligibility criteria.

          • Notification of Acceptance: Successful applicants will be notified via email after the selection process is completed. Be sure to check your email regularly for updates regarding your application status.

Application & Procedure for the NHEF Scholars Program 2023

To apply, follow these steps:

     • Visit the NHEF application portal at

     • Register and create an account with your first and last name, email address, phone number, and password.

      • Verify your email address by clicking the link sent to your inbox.

Log in using your email and password.

      • Click on the Scholars Program application tab from the dashboard.

      • Fill in all required bio-data and answer the program essay questions.

      • Upload a one-page CV, a one-page Cover Letter, and your most recent Statement of Result (all in PDF format).

      • Review and submit your application.