SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Grants
SEARCA has been in the forefront of efforts to develop agriculture and development practitioners/experts within and outside Southeast Asia. A strong cadre of agriculture professionals will help the Center in its mandate to bring about agricultural and rural development in this region of the world.
In this connection, SEARCA believes there is a need to recognize the contribution of institutions and individuals who promote academic excellence in the fields of agriculture and related sciences. Since AY 2011-2012, the Center has awarded SEARCA Regional Professorial Chairs to deserving individuals.
Objectives and Priority Focus
The objective of the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair is to give due recognition to outstanding Southeast Asian experts in the academe who have championed Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) in Southeast Asia. The study areas include, but are not limited to, social sciences, marine and fishery sciences, environmental sciences, economics, and rural development-oriented fields.
The focus/themes of the Professorial Chair will change according to the focus of the succeeding Five-Year Plans of the Center.
Since 2012/13 SEARCA has awarded a total of 38 regional professorial chair grants as follows:
Academic Year 2019/2020
|Nathaniel R. Alibuyog||Mariano Marcos State University||Harnessing GIS and Remote Sensing Technologies Towards Improved Water Governance and Agricultural Productivity||May 2019|
|Clarissa Yvonne J. Domingo||Central Luzon State University||Novel Diagnostics for Transboundary Diseases and other Diseases of Farm Concern||May 2019|
|Norhashila Hashim||Universiti Putra Malaysia||Laser-based Imaging for Fruit Quality Detection||May 2019|
|Thomas Edison E. dela Cruz||University of Sto. Tomas||Biochar-Fungi-Bacteria (BFB) Soil Amendment for Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture||May 2019|
|Teti Estiasih||Universitas Brawijaya||Developing Local Underutilized Tuber Based Foods as Healthy and Functional Foods to Support Food Security||May 2019|
Academic Year 2018/2019
|Abdul Rahim bin Abdul Samad||University Putra Malaysia||Climate Change and Its Impact on Agricultural Productivity in Malaysia||30 Apr 2018/ |
12 Dec 2018
|Hoang Van Sam||Vietnam National University of Forestry||Plant Diversity and Conservation in Vietnam||30 Apr 2018/ |
23 Apr 2019
|Ireneo C. Agulto||Central Luzon State University||Re-engineering the Environment for Whole Year Round Production of High-Value Crops in the Lowland Tropics||30 Apr 2018/ |
6 Sep 2018
|Rotacio S. Gravoso||Visayas State University||Towards Building Resiliency: Insights on the Use of Climate Information by Farmers in Vulnerable Communities||30 Apr 2018/ |
1 April 2019
|Zenaida C. Gonzaga||Visayas State University||Climate Proofing and Integrated Crop Management to Enhance Vegetable Profitability and Food Security in the Southern Philippines||30 Apr 2018/ |
8 Mar 2019
Academic Year 2017/2018
Academic Year 2016/2017
|Ahmad Zaharin Aris||Universiti Putra Malaysia||Impact of Climate and Land-Use Changes on Water Quality||15 Apr 2016/ |
21 Feb 2017
|Maria Patricia V. Azanza||UP Diliman||Functions on Government, Academe and Industry in Philippine Food Innovation Centers for Regional Development||15 Apr 2016 / |
26 Jan 2017
|Ruel M. Mojica||Cavite State University||Socio-economic and Environmental Assessment of a Microcontroller-based Coffee Roasting machine: Implications for Market Potential and Technology Commercialization||15 Apr 2016/ |
8 Mar 2017
|Erniel B. Barrios||UP Diliman||Effect of Rural Infrastructure and Capacity-Building on Agricultural Production and Agricultural Prices||15 Apr 2016/ |
16 Mar 2017
|Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto||Central Luzon State University||Phytoremediation: A Green Technology to Remove Pollutants for Soil, Sediment and Water Conservation||15 Apr 2016 / |
7 Oct 2016
Academic Year 2015/2016
Academic Year 2014/2015
|Mohd Razi Ismail||Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)||Plant adaptation to Environmental stresses: A key challenge to rice food security||28 Apr 2014 / |
22 Apr 2015
|Victor B. Asio||Visayas State University||Bio-physical characteristics and Sustainable management of Marginal Uplands in the Philippines||28 Apr 2014 / |
27 Mar 2015
|Dina Pura T. Depositario||University of the Philippines Los Baños||Climate Change Adaptation Strategies of Agribusiness Enterprises in the Philippines||28 Apr 2014 / |
21 Apr 2015
|Orville L. Bondoc||University of the Philippines Los Baños||Organic Livestock Farming and Breeding towards Food Security of Smallholder Farmers in the Tropics||28 Apr 2014 / |
11 Aug 2015
|Virginia C. Cuevas||University of the Philippines Los Baños||Ecological Succession in Areas covered by Mine Tailings in Mankayan, Benguet||28 Apr 2014 / |
1 Oct 2014
Academic Year 2013/2014
|Felino P. Lansigan||UPLB/ Institute of Statistics||Addressing the Statistical Challenges of Weather Index-based Insurance for Managing Risks in Agricultural Production||13 Mar 2013 / |
28 Jan 2014
|Annabella B. Tulin||Visayas State University||Micronutrient Biofortification of Soils from Marginal Uplands for Increased Yield and Improved Nutritional quality of Vegetables and Rootcrops||13 Mar 2013 / |
26 Feb 2014
|Nakorn Tippayawong||Chiang Mai University||Bioenergy utilization technology for local agricultural industry and rural development||13 Mar 2013 / |
18 Feb 2014
Academic Year 2012/2013
|Alonzo A. Gabriel||UP Diliman/ College of Home Economics||Precision Food Processing: Addressing Consumer Demands for Safety and Quality for Market Competitiveness||6 Mar 2012 / |
20 Oct 2012
|Waren N. Baticados||UPLB/ College of Veterinary Medicine||Agricultural Competitiveness through Clinical Genomics of Priority Disease||6 Mar 2012 / |
28 Feb 2013
- The grant is open to any outstanding Southeast Asian academic, particularly those working in the fields of study relevant to the priority thrusts of SEARCA within its current Five-Year Plan.
- Each year, the call for candidates to the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair will be sent to universities in the Southeast Asian Region. The nominating university will submit to SEARCA the following documents on or before the deadline:
- Letter from the Chief Executive/Head of the Institution endorsing at most three initially screened applicants with a summary of information on the credentials of the nominee(s) based on Attachment 1
- Curriculum vitae of the recommended/endorsed faculty members and asummary of the information as requested.
- A summary/outline of proposed lecture of the faculty member-applicant of not more than three pages highlighting the expected results of the research study and describing its relevance in terms of regional development issues and as they relate to SEARCA’s thrusts.
- The awardee must meet the following requirements:
- Must be a Southeast Asian national, with tenure position and holding an academic rank of not lower than Assistant Professor.
- Must have a PhD in fields related to the advancement of agricultural science and technology and development of rural households/communities (see Table 1 for Fields of Studies).
- Must have proven track record and excellence in academic and/or research in his/her chosen field of specialization within the broad priority thrusts of SEARCA as indicated in the Center’s Five Year Plan.
- Must have not received SEARCA Professorial Chair award in the past five (5) years.
- Must have the official endorsement of the Chief Executive/Head of his/her institution not only on the applicant’s academic qualification but also on his/hergood moral character.
- The following are the responsibilities of the awardee:
- Teach at least one graduate course in his/her area of specialization at the university during the year of award.
- Deliver at least one public lecture on the subject of his/her research (which should be aligned with SEARCA thrusts) during the period of award at his/her university.
- Submit a hard and a soft copy of his/her public lecture to SEARCA upon culmination of his/her professorial chair award.
- Submit a monograph version of his/her paper for publication by SEARCA
- The awardee will receive a grant of USD 5,000.00.
The SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair will be guided by the following schedule:
|1 December of every year||Open the call for applications|
|March of the following year||Deadline of submission of nominees and screening of documents submitted|
|April||Evaluation of nominees|
|May||Awarding of Professorial Chair Grant|