SEARCA has been in the forefront of efforts to develop agriculture and development practitioners/experts within and outside Southeast Asia. A strong cadre of agriculture professionals will help the Center in its mandate to bring about agricultural and rural development in this region of the world.
In this connection, SEARCA believes there is a need to recognize the contribution of institutions and individuals who promote academic excellence in the fields of agriculture and related sciences. Since AY 2011-2012, the Center has awarded SEARCA Regional Professorial Chairs to deserving individuals.
Objectives and Priority Focus
The objective of the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair is to give due recognition to outstanding Southeast Asian experts in the academe who have championed Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) in Southeast Asia. The study areas include, but are not limited to, social sciences, marine and fishery sciences, environmental sciences, economics, and rural development-oriented fields.
The focus/themes of the Professorial Chair will change according to the focus of the succeeding Five-Year Plans of the Center.
Since 2012/13 SEARCA has awarded a total of 28 regional professorial chair grants as follows:
The grant is open to any outstanding Southeast Asian academic, particularly those working in the fields of study relevant to the priority thrusts of SEARCA within its current Five-Year Plan.
Each year, the call for candidates to the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair will be sent to universities in the Southeast Asian Region. The nominating university will submit to SEARCA the following documents on or before the deadline:
Letter from the Chief Executive/Head of the Institution endorsing at most three initially screened applicants with a summary of information on the credentials of the nominee(s) based on Attachment 1
Curriculum vitae of the recommended/endorsed faculty members and asummary of the information as requested.
A summary/outline of proposed lecture of the faculty member-applicant of not more than three pages highlighting the expected results of the research study and describing its relevance in terms of regional development issues and as they relate to SEARCA’s thrusts.
The awardee must meet the following requirements:
Must be a Southeast Asian national, with tenure position and holding an academic rank of not lower than Assistant Professor.
Must have a PhD in fields related to the advancement of agricultural science and technology and development of rural households/communities (see Table 1 for Fields of Studies).
Must have proven track record and excellence in academic and/or research in his/her chosen field of specialization within the broad priority thrusts of SEARCA as indicated in the Center’s Five Year Plan.
Must have not received SEARCA Professorial Chair award in the past five (5) years.
Must have the official endorsement of the Chief Executive/Head of his/her institution not only on the applicant’s academic qualification but also on his/hergood moral character.
The following are the responsibilities of the awardee:
Teach at least one graduate course in his/her area of specialization at the university during the year of award.
Deliver at least one public lecture on the subject of his/her research (which should be aligned with SEARCA thrusts) during the period of award at his/her university.
Submit a hard and a soft copy of his/her public lecture to SEARCA upon culmination of his/her professorial chair award.
Submit a monograph version of his/her paper for publication by SEARCA
Remuneration The awardee will receive a lump sum amount of US$5,000 to be paid in two releases:
Forty percent (40%), upon receipt of the signed acceptance letter from the awardee; and
Sixty percent (60%), upon receipt of a copy of the public lecture (hard and soft copies) and program.
The SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair will be guided by the following schedule:
1 December of every year
Open the call for applications
3 March of the following year
Deadline of submission of nominees
Evaluation of nominees
Awarding of Professorial Chair Grant
For further information and any queries, please contact:
Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma Program Head for Graduate Education and Institutional Development Telephone: (63+49) 536-7164; 536-2290 local 2200 Email: email@example.com