The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) offers research scholarships to PhD students whose dissertation topics are relevant to its priority thrusts.
For fiscal year 2018-2019, priority will be given to research grant applications that are anchored on any of the topics defined by the project "Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration in the ASEAN Region: Responding to Food Security and Inclusiveness Concerns." The project is jointly implemented by SEARCA and the International Food Policy Research Institute, with financial support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
These topics focus on priority commodities, such as root and cash crops, fruits, vegetables and livestock, as well as value-chain studies.
The scholarship is open to Filipinos and other Southeast Asians from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.
Headquartered on the campus of the University of the Philippines Los Baños, SEARCA provides research funds not exceeding $4,500 and optional internship at SEARCA for up to two months.
Those who will avail themselves of the internship may be given additional scholarship funds to cover travel expenses to and from SEARCA, travel and accident insurance, and stipend during the internship period.
Moreover, the scholars may use the resources and facilities available at SEARCA and its network of universities for their research. They will be able to work with SEARCA's research and development staff on common areas of interests in agriculture and rural development. The scholarship will also support them in producing quality research papers for publication.
The full list of application requirements is on the SEARCA web site at www.searca.org.
The closing date of application is September 30. Applications must be submitted directly to SEARCA.
The grants for this batch of scholars will be awarded in December.