OREANDA-NEWS. Tullow Oil plc is pleased to announce the application process for the 2015/16 Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme (TGSS) is now open. Interested candidates from the qualifying countries can apply online at www.tullowgroupscholarshipscheme.org until 31 March 2015.

Scholarships are available to post graduates who are committed to making a contribution to their own country's development. The Scheme gives candidates the opportunity to receive a high standard of education from internationally recognised institutions, which can then be applied in their home country.

A wide range of courses will be offered that are designed to contribute to economic growth of the participating country. These will include Engineering & Technology, Geosciences, Oil & Gas Economics, Law, and Applied Sciences. Scholarships will be awarded across the following countries; Ethiopia, Ghana, Guyana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mauritania, Uganda, Uruguay and Suriname. The number of awards allocated to each country is weighted to the appropriate phase (project life cycle) of Tullow's business within that country.

Statement From Sandy Stash, Vice President Safety, Sustainability & External Affairs

"We are proud to be supporting the scheme for the fifth year as these scholarships demonstrate Tullow's continued long-term commitment to developing local talent in our host countries."

The TGSS is a key part of Tullow's overall approach to education and capacity building, which supports nationals in our countries of operation to participate in the Oil & Gas industry. A main requirement of the scheme is that scholars return to their home country to contribute to the future development of their country. As well as post graduate degrees, the next phase will include technical and vocational courses and will explore opportunities for awards in countries where we operate.

The Scheme is fully managed by the British Council which has over 50 years experience in global scholarship management and is aligned with Tullow's aims of supporting socio-economic growth in countries where it operates.