• Call for Applications

    Call for Applications

    Join your fellow HEI leaders from across Southeast Asia and get a chance to be mentored by experts to effectively lead thriving and resilient universities.

    Limited and competitive training grants are available to partially cover the program fees.

    27 February 2024 - Deadline for self-funded/sponsored participants

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  • Regional Professorial Chair Grants for AY2024-2025

    Regional Professorial Chair Grants for AY2024-2025

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

    DEADLINE: 29 February 2024

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  • Latest Issue: AJAD Volume 20 Number 2 (December 2023)

    Latest Issue: AJAD Volume 20 Number 2 (December 2023)

    Seven new studies including a thoughtful commentary released by the Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development in its December 2023 issue round up potentials of agriculture, notably in Southeast Asia. The authors' collective optimism, despite recognized perils in the current regional and global conditions affecting Southeast Asian agriculture, provides a glimpse of hope for the continuing role of the region as a major global producer and exporter.

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  • Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan, Brunei Darussalam!

    Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan, Brunei Darussalam!

    This holiday marks Brunei Darussalam's complete independence from the United Kingdom on 23 February 1984.

    That same year, Brunei Darussalam became a member country of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), SEARCA's mother organization.

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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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  • DAAD-SEARCA scholar receives short-term research grant in Germany

    Ms. Arunee Suwanngam, a PhD scholar who received the DAAD-SEARCA In-Country Scholarship, has been awarded a six-month research stay at the University of Cologne in Germany. The grant was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). During her scholarship, she attended various trainings and field visits focused on biodiversity genomics. She learned about cutting-edge genomic techniques and bioinformatics, and how they are applied in biodiversity research. Ms. Arunee, along with other... Read more.
  • 17th SEARCA Photo Contest winners declared

    The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has declared the winners of the 17th SEARCA Photo Contest (2023) themed "Regenerating agro-ecosystems, lowering 'global boiling'." Bagging first and second prizes are photographs from Vietnam by Thong Nguyen and Pham Quoc Hung. While one showcases a traditional postharvest method and the other a mechanized method, both are sustainable farming practices. The 3rd prize photo is from Lao PDR by Saiyadeth... Read more.
  • SEARCA and Bayer Crop Science hold forum on 20th year of Bt corn in the Philippines

    The Southeast Asian Regional for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) together with Bayer Crop Science in the Philippines held the "20 Years and Onward: Advancing the Future of Philippine Yellow Corn" Forum, marking the two decades of use of Bt corn, or more locally known as yellow corn, after its first commercial planting in 2003. More than 160 attendees from public and private sectors attended the forum onsite and online, including from the academe, industry, business chambers... 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.

Scholarships

  • 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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Grants

  • 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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Projects

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