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Nigerian Math Genius Gets €20m PhD Scholarship Offer

Maniru Ibrahim, a Nigerian first class graduate of Mathematics, has been offered an international PhD scholarship at Limerick University, Ireland.

The scholarship is a €20million funded program by the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Centre for Research Training (CRT) in Foundations of Data Science.

The programme provides a tax-free stipend of €18,500 per annum for 4 years and additional allowances for travel and accommodation costs related to visits to CRT partner institutions, industry and enterprise partners, international collaborators, and attendance at national and international conferences.

Ibrahim who graduated in 2017 from Usman Danfodiyo University, in Sokoto, Northwest Nigeria, got the scholarship offer in April after he was interviewed virtually and shortlisted by CRT management.

The genius is currently rounding off his Masters program in Theoretical Physics at the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Italy as the PhD programme is expected to start in September.

Nigerian Math Genius Gets €20m PhD Scholarship Offer

“I am currently in my final Msc year, so I started applying for PhD program ahead of time at different universities where I received over 20 rejection letters before I finally made it on my last attempt.

“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,” Ibrahim said.

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