Aug. 31 deadline for SEARCA scholarship set

Los Baños, Laguna—The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture has set August 31 as the deadline of applications for research scholarships to doctorate students whose dissertation topics are relevant to its priority thrusts.

Leah Lyn Domingo, Searca Public Relations Specialist, said the scholarship is open to Filipinos and other Southeast Asians from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.

Headquartered at the campus of the University of the Philippines Los Baños, Searca provides research funds not to exceed US$4,500 and optional internship at the center for up to two months.

"Those who will avail of the internship may be given additional scholarship funds to cover travel expenses to and from Searca, travel and accident insurance, and stipend during the internship period," Domingo said.

Moreover, the scholars may use the resources and facilities available at Searca and its network of universities in Southeast Asia for their research. They will be able to work with Searca's research and development staff on common areas of interests in agriculture and rural development.

Domingo said the scholarship will also support them in producing quality research papers for publication.

For Fiscal Year 2019-2020, priority will be given to research scholarship applications that are anchored in any of the topics defined by the project "Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration in the ASEAN Region: Responding to Food Security and Inclusiveness Concerns."

The project is jointly implemented by Searca and the International Food Policy Research Institute with financial support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

"These topics focus on priority commodities such as root and cash crops, fruits, vegetables, and livestock as well as value chain studies," Domingo added.

Application requirements are posted online at