Full Master's and PhD Scholarships

SEARCA's Graduate Study Program was initiated in School Year 1968/1969. Over five decades, the scope of the Graduate Study Program has expanded to include institutional development, networking, and services to enhance graduate education in the region. SEARCA has also been providing services for administration of scholarship funds under the sponsorship of institutions other than SEAMEO.

By the end of Academic Year 2019-2020, SEARCA has granted a total of 1,736 full MS and PhD scholarships to nationals of SEAMEO member countries, namely: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam to pursue advanced studies leading to master's and doctoral degrees in agriculture, forestry, and related sciences (see scholarship statistics).

Eligibility

  • Open to nationals of SEAMEO member countries who are regular employees of academic or research institutions or government agencies
  • Must not be more than 35 (Master's Degree) or 40 (PhD) years of age at the time of application
  • Areas of specialization that scholarship applicants must pursue should be in agriculture or related sciences, which include but are not limited to those that fall under the following program clusters:
    • Agricultural/Biological Sciences
    • Agro-industrial Technology and Engineering
    • Economics and Agribusiness
    • Environmental Sciences
    • Forestry and Fisheries
    • Social Sciences
  • Proposed thesis research should focus on SEARCA's overarching theme of Accelerating Transformation Through Agricultural Innovation (ATTAIN) with the following priority areas:
    • Agri-Business Models for Increased Productivity and Income
    • Sustainable Farming Systems and Natural Resource Management
    • Food and Nutrition Security
    • Transformational Leadership for Agricultural and Rural Development (ARD)
    • Gender and Youth Engagement in ARD
    • Enhanced ARD towards Climate Resilience
    • Eco-Health/One-Health Applications to ARD

Scholarship Benefits

  • Covers tuition and other school fees;
  • Travel allowance (roundtrip air ticket from home country to study post and local transportation);
  • Thesis/dissertation support;
  • Book and supplies allowance;
  • Health insurance; and
  • Stipend for food, lodging and incidental expenses

Study Posts

Any one of the following universities under the University Consortium may serve as study posts of SEARCA Master's and PhD scholars:

UniversityCountry
Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) Bogor, Indonesia
Kasetsart University (KU) Bangkok, Thailand
Universitas Brawijaya (UB) Malang, Indonesia
Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

Application Procedure

Applicants must fill out online the SEARCA Scholarship Application Form and upload a copy of all required documents. A printout of the accomplished online application together with the original or certified true copies of uploaded documents must be submitted to the Ministry of Education/Higher Education of the applicant's own country (click here to get the country-specific contact details/information).

The required documents to be submitted should be in English:

  1. Original or certified true copy of transcript of academic records bearing the seal of the University and original signature of the Registrar or Head of the University. Applicants for MS degree should submit their original/certified true copy Bachelor of Science (BS) transcript of records. PhD degree applicants should submit their original/certified true copy BS and MS transcripts of records.
  2. Original or certified true copies of certificates of completion/diploma for every degree completed
  3. Certificate of employment
  4. Endorsement from employer
  5. Updated curriculum vitae
  6. Brief description of the research the applicant plans to conduct for thesis/dissertation. The research topic must be in line with SEARCA's overarching theme of Accelerating Transformation Through Agricultural Innovation (ATTAIN) with the following priority areas:
    • Agri-Business Models for Increased Productivity and Income
    • Sustainable Farming Systems and Natural Resource Management
    • Food and Nutrition Security
    • Transformational Leadership for Agricultural and Rural Development (ARD)
    • Gender and Youth Engagement in ARD
    • Enhanced ARD towards Climate Resilience
    • Eco-Health/One-Health Applications to ARD
    A Preview of SEARCA's 11th Five Year Plan or ATTAIN is available at https://www.searca.org/what-we-do
  7. Certification from a medical doctor that the applicant is in good physical and mental health condition and is fit to undertake graduate studies
  8. IELTS result (6.0) or TOEFL iBT result (75) taken within two years before application, as proof of English proficiency

Deadline for the Ministries to send endorsements to SEARCA is 31 July of every year.

Applicants are thus requested to check from their respective Ministries of Education/Higher Education for their deadline of receiving applications.

Timeline for Scholarship Recruitment

DateDescription
31 July Deadline for endorsement of complete application documents by the Ministries and other agencies to SEARCA for forthcoming school year
1-31 Aug Screening and evaluation of application documents
1 Sep to 15 Dec Interview of official nominees
1-31 Jan
of the following year
Final evaluation
1 March to 31 May Awarding of scholarship grants
1 Feb to 30 Apr SEARCA sends out official letters to Ministries of Education, Agriculture, and Rural Development; universities; and other relevant technical agencies and research institutions inviting nominations for SEARCA scholarship for forthcoming school year

Scholarship Statistics

Full MS and PhD Scholarship (as of 30 June 2020)

Full MS and PhD Scholarship (as of 30 June 2020)

MS Scholarship - Ongoing (as of 30 June 2020)

MS Scholarship - Ongoing (as of 30 June 2020)

MS Scholarship - Alumni

MS Scholarship - Alumni

PhD Scholarship - Ongoing (as of 30 June 2020)

PhD Scholarship - Ongoing (as of 30 June 2020)

PhD Scholarship - Alumni

PhD Scholarship - Alumni

Contact Information

For inquiries, please contact:

Education and Collective Learning - Graduate Scholarship and Institutional Development (ECL-GSID)
Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)
College, Los Baños, 4031 Laguna, Philippines
Tel: +63 49 554 9330 to 39; +63 49 536 2290; +63 49 572 3743; +63 49 657 1300 to 02 local 2200 to 2203
Fax: +63 49 536 7097
Email: