SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Grants for AY 2023-2024

    Nominees must be outstanding experts in the academe whose achievements have made great impact towards agricultural innovation and must be endorsed by the Head of the University.

    Deadline: 28 February 2023

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    SEARCA's refereed journal, the Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development (AJAD), welcomes original research articles, case studies, research notes, and policy perspectives on Digital Technologies in Agriculture, such as robotics and drones, IoT, AI, blockchain, and data analytics.

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  • LevelUPHEI AFAR - 2nd Phase

    LevelUPHEI AFAR - 2nd Phase

    The SEARCA-CHED project titled Leveling-Up Philippine Higher Education Institutions in Agriculture, Fisheries, and Natural Resources (LevelUPHEI AFAR) will implement the second phase of its short-term training programs this AY 2022-2023, with two courses on blended learning and three on face-to-face modalities. Cross visits to two neighboring SEAMEO member countries will also be offered this year. Applications are open.

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  • Latest Issue: AJAD Volume 19 Number 2 (December 2022)

    Latest Issue: AJAD Volume 19 Number 2 (December 2022)

    The latest papers published in the Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development (AJAD) discuss grim possibilities of a world food crisis—brought about by the war in Ukraine, climate shocks experienced by major food granaries, and of course, COVID—and a variety of country-specific hurdles in agriculture and development in Asia. Equally important with these debacles are tested responses offered by the authors, which could hopefully replicate positive outcomes.

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  • Learn more about SEARCA's 11th Five-Year Plan

    Learn more about SEARCA's 11th Five-Year Plan

    In July 2020, SEARCA embarked on its five-year (2020-2025) mission, which focuses on Accelerating Transformation Through Agricultural INnovation (ATTAIN) and aims to deliver BETTER, BIGGER, and SMARTER impacts and outcomes to agricultural and rural development stakeholders across Southeast Asia.

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  • SEARCA and CHED strengthen HEIs knowledge and skills on Research Designs and Methods

    The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED), conducted an in-person Training Course on Research Designs and Methods for Higher Education Institutions in the Philippines (Research4HEIs) from 23 to 27 January 2023 at the SEARCA Headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. With 21 participants representing 17 higher education institutions that are members of the State... Read more.
  • SEARCA Director Gregorio shares S&T perspectives in Usapang Bayan

    Dr. Glenn Gregorio, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) Director, shared SEARCA’s programs and activities in the recently concluded Usapang Bayan, an online radio program aired live at the Broad Stream Cast Communicators (BSC) Facebook Page on 15 January 2023. Hosted by Ms. Hermelina Tenorio, the eleventh episode of Usapang Bayan featured various guests to talk about their perspectives in bringing science and technology (S&T) innovations... Read more.
  • SEARCA to hold a one-day hands-on training on agri-robotics for Dagatan Family Farm School

    The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) visited the Dagatan Family Farm School (DFFS), the first family farming school in Asia, on 13 January 2023 to finalize the details of the first joint activity of the two institutions. Mr. Ramon Santos, Jr., and Mr. Jeremy Feria, DFFS School Director and School Administrator respectively, expressed their desire to advance the learning of their students and incorporate agri-robotics in their curricula... Read more.

Accelerating Transformation Through Agricultural Innovation (ATTAIN)

SEARCA's 11th Five-Year Plan (2020–2025)

SEARCA works to elevate the quality of life of agricultural families through sustainable and resilient livelihoods and access to modern networks and innovative markets.


  • PhD Research Scholarship

    SEARCA established the PhD Research Scholarship on November 2005 to provide financial support for qualified PhD students to conduct research and produce their dissertation relevant to the priority thrusts of SEARCA.

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  • DAAD-SEARCA Scholarship Programme

    DAAD's partnership with SEARCA started in school year 1975-1976 through a support to the Center's graduate scholarship program leading to Masters and PhD degrees in agriculture.

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  • AF-SEARCA Joint Scholarship Program

    The Agropolis Fondation (AF) of France and SEARCA offers a co-funded doctoral fellowship under the call for "Innovative Co-Learning for Agriculture-Based Solutions." The program aims to support innovative, cross-sectoral, and interdisciplinary training or learning projects that promote agro-ecological transition through innovative approaches, tools, teams, and networks.

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  • Tokyo NODAI-SEARCA Scholarship for Dissertation Doctorate Program

    This is a collaborative project between Tokyo University of Agriculture (Tokyo NODAI) and SEARCA. The Dissertation Doctorate Program for Agriculture and Natural Resources aims to contribute to the enhancement of agricultural research and development in Southeast Asia through the provision of a Tokyo NODAI-SEARCA scholarship for eligible candidates to be able to complete a doctorate dissertation.

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  • UPM-SEARCA Joint Scholarship

    Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) will award a matching scholarship in the form of full fee waiver (2 years for Master and 3 years for PhD) to every one full scholarship from SEARCA for qualified nationals from the eleven member countries of SEAMEO who will pursue their Masters or PhD degrees at UPM.

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  • UPM-AF-SEARCA Joint Scholarship Program

    This partnership started in 2018 with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in Malaysia, Agropolis Fondation (AF) in France, and SEARCA, aimed to strengthen and promote scientific cooperation and knowledge sharing between Southeast Asia and France on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.

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  • Sejong University-SEARCA Joint Graduate Research Scholarship for Southeast Asian Countries

    This partnership between Sejong University in Seoul, South Korea and SEARCA aims to increase the capacities of Southeast Asian scientists/researchers through the provision of a Joint Graduate Research Scholarship that will enable them to obtain MS/PhD degrees in the fields of Integrated Biological Sciences and Industry (e.g., Plant Breeding and Genetics), Bioresource Engineering (e.g., Plant pathology, QTL mapping, Tissue culture).

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  • NTU-SEARCA Joint Scholarship Program for Global ATGS

    This is a partnership between the Master Program in Global Agriculture Technology and Genomic Science (Global ATGS) of the National Taiwan University (NTU) and SEARCA. The joint scholarship program aims to cultivate agricultural professional talents, encourage academic excellence, and promote research and development of agriculture within Southeast Asia.

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  • MARDI-SEARCA Joint Scholarship Program

    The partnership between the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) and SEARCA aims to strengthen MARDI's pool of professionals for research and development by providing scholarship grants to qualified MARDI officers to complete graduate degrees.

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  • Joint BulSU-SEARCA PhD Scholarship Program

    This partnership between Bulacan State University (BulSU) and SEARCA aims to strengthen the capacity of BulSU by providing an opportunity for selected BulSU faculty and staff to earn their doctorate degree in international universities in the fields of Agriculture, Environmental Science, and other disciplines relevant to the thrust of both SEARCA and BulSU.

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  • Nagoya University-SEARCA Joint PhD Research Scholarship in Agriculture

    The Nagoya University-SEARCA Joint PhD Research Scholarship in Agriculture is offered to Filipinos and Cambodians who wish to pursue their PhD degree at the NU Satellite Campus based at the Graduate School of UPLB, and at the NU Satellite Campus for Bio-agricultural Sciences based at the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) in Phnom Penh.

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  • PCC-SEARCA Scholarship

    This is a project between the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) and SEARCA which aims to strengthen PCC's pool of professionals by providing scholarship grants to qualified PCC officers and regular staff to complete graduate degrees from selected centers of excellence in the Philippines, USA, Canada and Australia.

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  • Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT)

    The SFRT is envisaged to provide chosen research and training project proposals with limited start-up funds intended to enhance chances of securing long-term support from donor agencies. A grant of up to USD 15,000 shall be awarded as seed fund for research/training.

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  • Grants for Research towards Agricultural Innovative Solutions (GRAINS)

    SEARCA GRAINS offers short-term starter funds to collaborative actions aimed at transformative innovations for more sustainable agriculture and rural development across Southeast Asia.

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  • Travel Grants Program

    SEARCA will provide travel grants of up to a maximum of USD 1,200 to each qualified agriculture and agriculture-related professional, social scientist, or graduate student in Southeast Asia.

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  • Regional Professorial Chair Grants

    Since AY 2012-2013, the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Grant has recognized the contribution of institutions and individuals in the fields of agriculture and related sciences, thereby contributing to ARD in Southeast Asia through instruction, research, innovation, and extension work.

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  • Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources

    Initiated by SEARCA, the University Consortium (UC) was seen as a viable approach to pursuing agricultural human resource development in Southeast Asia by linking top agricultural universities in the region to facilitate free exchange of information, facilities, and expertise.

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  • Academic Bridging Program for CLMV and Timor-Leste

    The Program aims to provide assistance by upgrading the BS degree of agriculture graduates and qualified scholarship applicants from the transition economies of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Timor-Leste to enable them to qualify for admission to the Graduate School of reputable universities in Southeast Asia and even outside the region.

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  • Faculty and Student Mobility Grant

    The SEARCA Faculty and Student Mobility Grant enables recipients to conduct their research work or take courses for credit in selected Southeast Asian universities, be exposed to new technologies and receive training from world-class academicians.

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SEARCA has a well-earned reputation and extensive track record in end-to-end project management – from conceptualization and proposal writing to implementation and monitoring – for both local and international development and donor organizations.

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SEARCA Priority Areas

11th Five-Year Plan (2020–2025)

Agri-Business Models for Increased Productivity and Income

Sustainable Farming Systems and Natural Resource Management

Food and Nutrition Security

Transformational Leadership for Agricultural and Rural Development (ARD)

Gender and Youth Engagement in ARD

Enhanced ARD towards Climate Resilience

EcoHealth/One Health Applications to ARD