Agropolis Fondation-SEARCA Joint Scholarship Program

The Agropolis Fondation (AF) of France and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (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.

The scholarship program enables scholars to spend 18 months in France and 18 months in one of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) member institutions:

  • Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) in Bogor, Indonesia
  • Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Kasetsart University (KU) in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
  • University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

Academic supervision will be jointly done by a French scientist from one of the AF members and a Southeast Asian scientist from one of the five founding UC members. Successful completion of the program will grant the scholar a dual/double degree under a co-tutelle agreement.

Thematic coverage of the program

The program funds research proposals in any or a combination of the following three crosscutting axes of the Fondation:

Axis 1: Agriculture and climate change: adaptation and mitigation
Axis 2: Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity
Axis 3: Responsible production and consumption


Application will be facilitated by French and Southeast Asian scientists through the submission of a research proposal. They must also agree to co-supervise a Southeast Asian student on the submitted research. Currently, there are four ongoing scholars under this scheme: two enrolled in and co-funded by Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and two enrolled at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) and University of the Philippines Los Baños.

All documents related to the present Call for Proposals are available online at the following website:

Call for Proposals

Download the Call for Proposals flyer

Timeline for Submission of Proposals

1 March 2021,
11:59 p.m. (Paris time)
Deadline for the submission of proposal for the second round
Late and/or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
April 2021 Proposal evaluation
May 2021 Publication of results (selected proposals)

Contacting potential Southeast Asian partners

Contact Information

For inquiries, please contact:

Education and Collective Learning - Graduate Scholarship and Institutional Development (ECL-GSID)
Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)
College, Los Baños, 4031 Laguna, Philippines
Tel: +63 49 554 9330 to 39; +63 49 536 2290; +63 49 572 3743; +63 2 8657 1300 to 02 local 2200 to 2203
Fax: +63 49 536 7097