Almost 3,000 people have applied for the 2013/2014 Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme to undertake postgraduate studies in oil-related disciplines.
The online application for the scholarships opened on January 9 and closed on February 13 this year.
The 2,815 applicants are competing for 20 postgraduate scholarships to undertake courses in the United Kingdom in fields such as engineering and technology, environment and geosciences, oil and gas economics, business Journalism, logistics and supply Chain management, law and other applied sciences with the exception of medicine.
In an interview on Wednesday, Millicent Mugabi, the Program Manager British Council, the organisation managing the scholarship scheme on behalf of Tullow, said the 20 available opportunities include six special offers for Bunyoro, with Hoima and Buliisa districts taking three each.
Mugabi says Hoima and Buliisa are given special consideration as one way of empowering communities in the oil exploration area with knowledge related to the oil sector.
Currently British Council is doing an assessment of the applications. British council officials were in Hoima on Wednesday to interact with local leaders as they assess the candidates.
Mugabi says the local leaders are being engaged to acquaint them on the whole process for transparency. She says since the local leaders know the candidates better, it is vital to engage them to ensure that the opportunities are not taken by imposters, who may not be from the area.
Tullow launched the group scholarship scheme last year.
George Bagonza Tinkamanyire, the Hoima district chairman, says the scholarships are a show that the Banyoro will gain from the oil in their area. Bagonza says this dispels speculation by opposition politicians and Civil Society actors that Bunyoro will not benefit from the oil, despite housing the resource.