Visiting Research Fellows Program

Rationale and Objective

The Visiting Research Fellows (VRF) Program is intended for researchers, within or outside Southeast Asia, who are conducting research along inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD). It aims to contribute to the critical mass of professionals working on ISARD in Southeast Asia.

The objective is to improve the technical expertise and managerial skills of agriculture and development practitioners who can help improve agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia. Together, SEARCA and these professionals could make a difference in finding solutions to reduce poverty and ensure food security in the region.

Eligibility and Appointment

  1. The VRF Program is open to:
    1. Researchers with their own research funding, and who are expected to manage their fund. Participation in the VRF Program shall be by invitation or application to the program.
    2. Researchers without funds but whose research experience will highly contribute to SEARCA's research programs and whose outstanding reputation will enhance the Center’s standing and profile as an international organization. Qualified researchers shall be invited to the program.
  2. The appointment, to be issued by the SEARCA Director, shall depend on the duration of the project activities. A Visiting Research Fellow shall not be considered a regular employee of SEARCA.

Entitlements

A Visiting Research Fellow shall be provided with the following:

  • Workspace, office supplies, and access to necessary office facilities and equipment such as Internet connection, telephone, fax machine, photocopying machine, and printer.
  • Limited travel fund to attend meetings in Metro Manila.
  • Others that may be jointly agreed upon by the contracting parties.

Accountabilities and Expected Output

The responsibilities of a Visiting Research Fellow are as follows:

  • Carry out the approved research activity.
  • Provide regular progress reports/updates on the research being undertaken.
  • Generate a publishable material, which shall acknowledge the assistance of SEARCA and other involved parties/institutions.
  • Present the results of the study in a public seminar at SEARCA or elsewhere more convenient for stakeholders/target audience.

Guidelines for Invitation and Application

In determining the suitability of an individual to participate in the VRF Program, whether by invitation or application, the following guidelines shall be applied:

  1. Invitees or applicants must:
    • Have the intellectual capacity to undertake productive agriculture and rural development research within the priority themes of SEARCA.
    • Display evidence of their capability of doing high-quality/publishable research.
    • Be established and well-respected in their field.
    • Researchers with funding who are affiliated with a research institution should obtain their institution's approval to apply or accept SEARCA's invitation to the VRF Program.
  2. The research activity to be undertaken should complement the Center's thrust on ISARD and must be highly relevant to SEARCA's programs.

Application is open any time of the year.

Completed form can be sent via courier, fax, or email addressed to the:

The Director
SEARCA
College, Los Baños 4031
Laguna, Philippines
Email:
Fax: +63 49 536 4105

Application Form

Screening and Final Invitation Process

  1. A researcher identified and invited by SEARCA to participate in the VRF Program will not go through the regular selection process.
  2. Applicants of the VRF Program will go through the following screening process:
    1. First Screening – A Committee, chaired by the Program Head of the Research and Development Department, shall undertake a preliminary evaluation of the applicants based on the preset criteria and make recommendations to the SEARCA Directorate for final approval.
    2. Final Selection - The Directorate shall evaluate the recommended applicant(s) based on the preset criteria and approve the appointment of the qualified participant(s).
  3. Upon the approval of the Directorate, an official invitation letter will be sent.

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