A Nigerian first class graduate of Mathematics by name, Maniru Ibrahim, has been offered a €20 million (N9,206,407,800) scholarship for a four-year PhD programme at Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research Training in the Foundation of Data Science, Daily Star Nigeria reports.
Ibrahim who is from Sokoto, Nigeria graduated in 2017 from Usman Danfodiyo University, in Sokoto. He had his primary, secondary and university education all in Sokoto and was posted to Zamfara for the National Youth Service programme.
By this breakthrough, Ibrahim becomes the first African to be invited to join the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research Training in the Foundation of Data Science.
The €20 million (N9,206,407,800) scholarship is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research Training in the Foundation of Data Science.
The programme starts in September. Ibrahim is at present rounding off his Masters program in Theoretical Physics at the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Italy.
In Ireland, he will be a PhD student at Limerick University, Ireland, with all the expenses to be bankrolled by Ireland Science Foundation Centre.
As part of the scholarship package, Ibrahim will earn a yearly allowance of €18,500 for the duration of his four-year programme.
The scholarship funds also include travel and accommodation allowances for conferences related to his studies.
Ibrahim was picked after being rejected 20 times by other schools!
Ibrahim said he was surprised he was picked for the programme, after he was rejected by other schools, 20 times.
“At first I was a bit discouraged and frustrated, but when I saw this scholarship, I just decided to give it a trial, and gratefully, I made it.
“The program is first of its kind and I am the only African among the shortlisted candidates.
“It’s a program about industry. ICT related problems will be dealt with in order to provide more and more solutions in order to make life and Technology easier,” he said.