The UNESCO International Centre for Biotechnology (UNECO ICB) was established through agreement between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to carry out biotechnology related research and training in three thematic areas – food security, tropical diseases, and bioresources conservation.

As part of the Centre’s human capital development programme, applications are invited from qualified Nigerian students in tertiary academic institutions under the annual Scholarship programmes for:



  • Each successful applicant will receive an award for one academic year towards tuition fee, accommodation, books and living expenses.

Scholarship Categories

  • Per annum, there are 3 categories of award, and for each category there are 15 scholarships which includes 5 awards for each of the Centre’s thematic areas-food security, tropical diseases, and bioresources conservation: (a) Final Year Bachelor’s degree scholarship (15 awards), Master’s degree scholarship (15 awards), and PhD scholarship (15 awards). A total of 45 scholarships will be awarded per annum.

Candidates Selection and Award Criteria

  • Evidence that the student is currently registered in a tertiary academic institution in Nigeria for the category of award applied.
  • Course of study is biotechnology or biotechnology related disciplines including agriculture, biosciences bioengineering, etc., relevant to the Centre’s thematic areas – food security, tropical diseases, and bioresources conservation.
  • Current cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is at least 2nd Class Upper (2:1) at the time of application or the most recently completed degree for MSc and PhD students.
  • Preference will be given to First Class students and/or those at the top of their class.
  • Not more than one (1) award per scholarship category per thematic area from any academic institution. For instance, more than one (1) award may not me made for MSc Scholarship in Tropical Diseases from one institution.

Other Requirements for the Awar:

  • Final awards will maintain both national spread and gender balance.
  • Successful candidates will attend the Award Ceremony in person at designated venue and make an oral presentation of the final year project or thesis research findings.
  • The awardee will acknowledge the Centre in all publications (e.g., thesis, scientific paper, conference paper) arising from the research project/thesis.
  • The awarded shall deposit a copy of all publications arising from the project/thesis at the Centre in both digital and hard copies.
  • All applications received will be acknowledged; however, only successful applicants will be contacted further. The decision of the Scholarships Awards Committee is final.

Application Closing Date

22nd March, 2024 by Mid-day (12:00 hrs)

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit the following Applications documents to: with “Application for 2023 Scholarship” as the subject of the email.

Application Documents

  • Motivation letter by the student
  • Copies current student ID and admission letter
  • Copies of current certificates and academic transcripts, and
  • Supporting letter from current Head of Department (HOD) on official letterhead, confirming the students’ academic status.


  • The application documents should be sent in one email
  • Incomplete applications and those received after the deadline will not be considered.

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