SEARCA sets deadline for scholarship application

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna: The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has set May 31, 2022 as the deadline for the submission of applications for research scholarships for doctoral students whose dissertation topics are relevant to the center's priority objectives.

Research topics of applicants must fall under 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 Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD), Gender and Youth Engagement in ARD, Enhanced ARD Toward Climate Resilience and Eco-Health/One-Health Applications to ARD.

Dr. Glenn Gregorio, SEARCA director, 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.

SEARCA, headquartered on the campus of the University of the Philippines Los Baños in Laguna, provides research funds not to exceed $4,500 and an optional internship at SEARCA for up to two months.

Gregorio said 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 a 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 interest in agriculture and rural development," he added.

Application requirements are posted online on SEARCA's website