Adjunct Fellows Program

Rationale and Objective

The SEARCA Adjunct Fellows (SAF) Program offers research opportunities along inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) to faculty and staff of member and partner universities of the SEARCA-initiated University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) as well as to research staff of other organizations under SEAMEO. It seeks to contribute to the University's/Organization's pursuit of excellence by advancing the fellow's research interest and capabilities.

Appointment and Entitlements

Adjunct Fellows are not to be considered as regular employees of SEARCA. Their participation in the SAF program shall be by invitation only. Appointments shall be for one year, renewable upon mutual agreement of the fellows, their home institution, and SEARCA.

Adjunct Fellows shall be provided with the following:

  • A workspace and access to necessary office facilities and equipment;
  • A pre-approved amount of fund, depending on the nature of activity to be carried out, to cover communication, supplies, travels, and related expenses; and
  • Other support schemes that may be jointly agreed upon by the contracting parties.

Accountabilities and Expected Output

The accountabilities of and expectations from Adjunct Fellows are as follows:

  1. Carry out the approved activity in coordination with the hosting SEARCA department;
  2. Provide regular progress reports on the activities being undertaken;
  3. Generate a publishable material, which shall acknowledge the Adjunct Fellow's home institution and the assistance of SEARCA and other involved parties/institutions. SEARCA shall be given the first option of publishing the material, whether solely or in partnership with other institutions/scholarly presses.

Guidelines for Invitation and Appointment

In determining the suitability of the invited fellow, the following guidelines are to be applied:

  1. The candidate must have:
    • The intellectual capacity to undertake productive agricultural and rural development research within pre-identified priority themes of SEARCA.
    • High potential for excelling in his/her field of specialization.
    • Preferably recently completed his/her doctorate (at most five years prior to the fellowship).
    • The home institution's clearance for the invited fellow to accept SEARCA's invitation to the SAF Program.
  2. The activities to be undertaken must:
    • Complement the Center’s thrust on ISARD and align with SEARCA's programs.
    • Possess strong potentials to generate external funding for program sustainability.

For those who wish to be invited, please write a letter of interest addressed to the Director and email your curriculum vitae (CV) together with the accomplished application form to .

Original copies must be mailed to:

The Director
SEARCA
College, Los Baños 4031
Laguna, Philippines

Application Form