19/06/2015 - News

Advertorial: MISTI Africa Empowering the Teachers’ Programme

2016 Call for Applications

“Empowering the Teachers” is an initiative of the NNPC/Total E&P Nigeria Joint Venture aimed at improving the quality of teaching and research methods in Nigerian universities in collaboration with the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) United States.  


Under the programme, selected outstanding young faculty fellows from the disciplines of electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, mechanical engineering and petroleum engineering in Nigerian universities will be sponsored to spend a semester at MIT, United States. The Fellowship will cover travel, living and instructional materials expenses, while the home universities of the successful applicants will commit to provide paid leaves of absence during the period they will stay at MIT.

They will spend either the Spring (February-May) or Fall (September-December) 2016 semester during which period they will be observing classes, working on new curricular materials and teaching approaches for adoption on return in their own classes. They will participate in the Institute’s programmes (including lectures, recitations and tutorials) as well as attend seminar meetings.  Beyond the Fellowship semester at MIT, “Empowering the Teachers” will support online communications, periodic reunions and meetings in Nigeria so as to build over time, a community of faculty devoted to excellence and innovation in science and engineering education.

This deliberate effort aimed at capacity development and critical skills transfer to enhance accessibility and the quality of education in Nigeria, is another demonstration of Total’s commitment to better energy.


Applications are welcomed from all qualified faculty who consider themselves to be change-agents. To be eligible for selection, a faculty member must hold a PhD and teach in a department corresponding to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering or Petroleum Engineering in a university in Nigeria. Only candidates at the level of the rank of Lecturer One will be considered. 

Candidates will be interviewed in Abuja by the Faculty of MIT and representatives of the NNPC/Total E & P Nigeria JV from August 17-20, 2015. Those selected for interviews, will be notified of their specific date and time during the week of August 10, 2015.


To apply, please visit: http://misti.mit.edu/empowering-teachers

Deadline for applications is Friday, July 17, 2015 by 5pm. 

Please send any questions to: misti-africa@mit.edu