SEARCA PhD research scholarship application deadline on May 31

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has set May 31 as the deadline of applications for research scholarships of doctorate students whose dissertation topics are relevant to its priority thrusts.

The scholarship is open to Filipinos and other Southeast Asians from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

SEARCA provides research funds not exceeding $4,500 and optional internship at SEARCA for up to two months.

SEARCA Director Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio said those who will avail themselves 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.

“During their internship, the scholars may use the resources and facilities available at SEARCA for their research. They will be able to work with SEARCA staff on common areas of interests in agriculture and rural development [ARD],” Gregorio said. SEARCA is headquartered at the campus of the University of the Philippines Los Baños in Laguna.

He noted that the research topics of applicants must fall within the following SEARCA priority areas: Agri-Business Models for Increased Productivity and Income, Sustainable Farming Systems and Natural Resource Management, Food and Nutrition Security, Transformational Leadership for ARD, Gender and Youth Engagement in ARD, Enhanced ARD towards Climate Resilience, and Eco-Health/One-Health Applications to ARD.

Application requirements are posted online on SEARCA’s website.