Thursday, May 17, 2018

Federal government scholarship (FSB) 2019 for nigerian undergraduates — a comprehensive guide

By Naijascholarshipsbuzz 


The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu hereby invites applications from qualified Nigerian students in Nigerian public tertiary institutions to participate in the 2018/2019 selection interviews for scholarship awards tenable in Nigerian
tertiary institutions.

Nature of scholarship:

Successful awardees who merited the scholarship are awarded with a sum of N150,000 as a support grant from the federal government of Nigeria, through its scholarship board (FSB). The aim of this scholarship grant is to enable Nigerian undergraduates focus on their studies without worrying about tuition fees.

However, while this scholarship is accessible to any Nigerian student who merited it, roll-over of this scholarship is not guaranteed. This means that if a student merited the scholarship of N150,000 in 2018, he/she is not automatically entitled to receive the same scholarship in 2019 unless he/she applies for the scholarship in 2019 and pass the interview (or examination) again. In other words, the award runs for only one academic session, and so a 200 level student who desires to get N450,000 from FSB in his undergraduate studies, will have to sit for 3 FSB exams ( one in 200, 300, and 400 level) per academic session, each of which he/she is entitled to a sum of N150,000 if he/she merits it. 

Eligibility Criteria:

Though the federal government scholarship award aims at Nigerian students, there are certain requirements each prospective applicant must meet in order to be eligible; these constitute the eligibility criteria:


All applicants must be full-time students in their second year of study and above in Federal or State Universities and they must possess a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.0 on a 5.0 point scale or its equivalent in their previous academic year’s examinations.


All applicants must be full-time students in their second year of study in any of the Federal or State Polytechnics or Monotechnics and they must possess a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.5 on a 4 scale or its equivalent in their previous academic year’s examinations.


All applicants must be full-time students in their second year of study and above in any Federal or State Colleges of Education and they must possess a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.5 on a 4 point scale, or its equivalent in their previous academic year’s examinations.


Applicants must be registered full-time students of Federal or State universities and must have a minimum of second class Honours (Upper Division) in their 1st/previous degree.

Nature of Examination:

As of 2018 FSB examination, the exam ( interview) was divided into two sections: 
  1. English Language (60 questions)
  2. Arabic (40 questions),
and the total time for the exam was 1h 30 minutes.

You might be frightened to say "Arabic?" , yes Arabic; you saw it right. 
Well, this should not frighten you; the Arabic section of the exam is just a combination of:
  1.  Basic Mathematics ( i.e. mathematics involving mostly percentages or proportions, business mathematics, and probability),  
  2. Drawings/Figures/shapes (Geometrical figures, finding angles in geometrical figures, and the quantitative reasoning you did in primary school — I confirm this to be true because I also sat for the exam in 2018 at UNIZIK's digital Library, and it was fun),  and finally 
  3. Basic Computer science (you should learn the basics of a Computer because it will help you a lot in this interview). 
For the English part, expect nothing less than three or four Comprehension questions of at least 75 or 100 words in each Comprehension. After Comprehension questions comes the simpler ones:
  • Nearest to in meaning,
  • Opposite to in meaning, 
  • Correct spelling of a word, 
  • Completing an uncompleted sentence, and so on. 
Above all, these are essentially what you should expect, also, you should read Genuine FSB interview questions and answers  (over 100 questions)  , for a comprehensive questions and correct answers regarding the FSB exam (interview). Bookmark this page if possible for future reference. 

In addition, just because current affairs questions did not show up in the 2018 FSB interview does not mean it can't show up in 2019 or subsequent years. Follow this link Nigerian current affairs for Nigerian scholarships, to read more than 200 Nigerian current affairs from the 1880's till date. Bookmark this page if possible for future reference. 

During the FSB interview, you will be provided with an on-screen calculator (i.e. a calculator is at the top of your exam screen or page),  and a paper for solving (for science students only).

When to apply:

FSB registration and application usually kicks off in January and ends in February, every year.  The exam or interview may start late February but ends in March. Always check the official website of FSB for updates as dates for registration may vary.

Alternatively, you can keep checking this page from time to time as we will definitely update the correct time when the registration kicks off in 2019.

How to apply:

To apply for the Federal Government Scholarship Award 2019, follow this link to register and start the application process which is in 7 phase or sections.

But before clicking that link, you must have the following documents in your possession and be ready to provide scanned copies of them when requested for during your application process:
  1. Letter of admission issued by JAMB 
  2. Passport in white background 
  3. Letter of identification from state local Government of origin. 
  4. Student identity card .

Note: When uploading these files, the required file size for upload is 20KB, so you must resize these images else you can't upload them or even move on with the application process.

Completed application forms should be printed and submitted at the various Centers alongside the following photocopies:
  1.  Letter of admission to the institution
  2. Current course registration form 
  3. Student identity card
  4. Last sesssional CGPA result
  5. Letter of identification from state local Government of origin 
  6. Two passport-size photographs with name fully written at the back. 
All application forms are available online at and should be completed and printed by prospective candidates for endorsement by their HOD and Registrars of their institutions. 

Examination centers:

The usual centers are Federal Unity Colleges  in each states capital in the six Geopolitical zones: North east, North west, North central, South east, South west, and South south. 

As of 2018, the image below shows the exam centers scheduled by FSB: 

Alternative centers:

As of 2018, Federal Scholarship Board Examination (interview) were conducted in the digital library of some universities in Nigeria, apart from the federal Unity colleges where it is usually scheduled to hold. For example, the video below shows the FSB interview that was held at UNIZIK's digital library. Watch the video to see how they assess students before they go into the examination hall. 

While we may not guarantee you that these alternative centers will be used in 2019 or in subsequent years, it is important to check the official website of FSB regularly after successful application, in order to avoid missing your interview or examination dates and centers.

Bear in mind that prior to the exams, FSB will upload a PDF of shortlisted candidates. This PDF contains the candidate's Exam date, center, time, session, seat number, and Reg. No.  The Reg. No will be used for login in to write your exam on your own exam day. 
Please take this serious; always check their website and grab a copy of this PDF (at least 30MB in size) when it is ready. From it, you can know your exam Reg. No; you can't sit for the interview without this Reg NO. 


  1. All qualified candidates who have completed their prescribed application forms for the Nigerian scholarship Awards should attend selection interviews at their respective centers. 
  2. Application forms that are incorrect, incompletely filled or without the necessary documents will not be processed. 
  3. All application forms must be duly signed and stamped by the HOD and Registrars of candidates. 
  4. Candidates must attend interviews with the following:
         — Writing materials such as pen, HB pencil and eraser. 
         — Original copies of certificates for screening. 

5. Interview starts by 8.00 a.m. daily. 
6. Candidates are required to check their examination details in the PDF provided by FSB prior to their exams. These exam details are:
     — Examination center
     — Registration Number (i.e. your user ID – used for login) 
     — Seat number 
     — Examination session 
     — Examination date 
     — Examination time. 

This picture below shows a sample of the details you can find in the PDF:

7. Candidates are advised to adhere strictly to the interview schedule. 
8. The application does not attract any processing fee. Therefore beware of fraudsters! 
9. Kindly check from time to time for your interview dates, and for possible changes or additional information. 
10. For further enquiries, email FSB at [email protected] or [email protected]g or call FSB on 09094268637 , 08091155229.

In case you still have problems pertaining to the scholarship registration and application, you can leave your comments or questions here, using the comment box below. Also, endeavor to share this post using the sharing options available below; help avail others this wonderful opportunity even though you may not be interested in the scholarship. 

Location: Nigeria


  1. Thanks for unveiling this wonderful guide.

  2. Christopher IlokaMay 17, 2018 at 3:37 AM

    I never knew that diploma students too can apply for fsb. Not until I saw it here, and I have confirmed it to be true from . Thanks for letting me know about this. I shall look forward to preparing for 2019 Fsb from now onwards.
    Also, don't forget to update the application date as you guys promised. Thanks.

  3. The one we wrote early this year 2018 the result is not yet out up till now it September now, when will the result be out?

  4. Pls when is the MTN scholarship for the 2018/19 registration be out?

  5. Possibly this September. Keep checking back for update on this.

  6. Have patience, the result will be published very soon and when it does I will let you guys know about it.


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