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. Successful recipients of the scholarship will gain deeper understanding of smart farming technology, genome science research, and breeding science and technology. The Master Program is offered by the International College of National Taiwan University.

The scholarship is open to nationals of the regular member countries of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), namely: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam who are interested in enrolling to the Master Program in Global ATGS of NTU. The scholarship award duration is two years.

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

The following are the scholarship eligibility criteria:

  • Must be nationals of SEAMEO member countries;
  • Must not be more than 35 years of age at the time of application; and
  • Planned research must be in line with the priority areas of SEARCA's Eleventh Five-Year Plan i.e., agri-business models for increased productivity and income, sustainable farming systems and natural resource management, food and nutrition security, transformational leadership for agriculture and rural development (ARD), gender and youth engagement in ARD, enhanced ARD towards climate resilience, and eco-health/one-health applications to ARD.

Application and Selection Procedure

Applicants must fill out online the NTU-SEARCA Joint Scholarship Application Form and upload a copy of all required documents.

The following are the required documents to be submitted in the online platform:

  1. Bachelor of Science (BS) transcript of academic records bearing the seal of the University and original signature of the Registrar or Head of the University. An explanation of the university's grading system must accompany the transcript of academic records.
  2. BS diploma
  3. Certificate of employment (optional)
  4. Two (2) Recommendation Letters
  5. Updated curriculum vitae
  6. Brief description of the research the applicant plans to conduct for his/her thesis. The research topic must be in line with the priority areas of SEARCA's Eleventh Five-Year Plan i.e., agri-business models for increased productivity and income, sustainable farming systems and natural resource management, food and nutrition security, transformational leadership for agriculture and rural development (ARD), gender and youth engagement in ARD, enhanced ARD towards climate resilience, and eco-health/one-health applications to ARD. Details of SEARCA's priority areas are available at www.searca.org.
  7. Two copies of passport-size photo of the applicant
  8. Certification from a medical doctor that the applicant is in good physical and mental health condition and is fit to undertake graduate studies
  9. IELTS of 6.0 or better or TOEFL iBT of 75 or better taken within two years before application, as proof of English proficiency.

Deadline of submission of application online to SEARCA is 3 April. Shortlisted applicants will be instructed to apply for admission to the Global ATGS program. Details on the Global ATGS program and NTU’s admission requirements are available here. Successful candidates who will be accepted to the program will be awarded the scholarship.

Scholarship Entitlements

The successful scholarship recipient is entitled to the following:

  • Tuition and other school fees;
  • Travel allowance to cover international airfare;
  • Book and supplies allowance;
  • Health insurance; and
  • Living allowance for food, lodging and incidental expenses.

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