SEARCA Graduate (MS/PhD) Scholarships for South East Asian Students
Deadlines - July 2012

Deadline: 30 July (Annually)

The program provides support for advanced studies leading to the MS and PhD degrees in agriculture, forestry, and related fields. SEARCA aims to prepare highly qualified professionals working in agricultural and rural development for positions of leadership in SEAMEO member countries. Nationals of SEAMEO member countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam) may apply for scholarship. Applications may be submitted to any one of the following Ministries of his/her own country:

  • Ministy of Education
  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • Ministry of Forestry
  • Ministry of Fisheries
  • Ministry of Rural Development

Benefits and Privileges

  • Financial Support covers stipend, tuition, international and domestic travel allowances, thesis/dissertation support, book allowance, and health insurance. The domestic travel allowance is sometimes allowed to support registration fees in training courses/seminars/workshops.
  • Discounted Accommodation. 
  • Assistance with Student Visa Processing. 
  • Computer Purchase Loan.
  • In-house and Other Training Courses or Seminars. 
  • Use of SEARCA Facilities. Facilities open to SEARCA scholars are the Center’s Library and Email Room. 
  • Participation in Sociocultural Activities. 
  • Counseling. 

Places of Study:

  • University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) - Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
  • Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) - Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Kasetsart University (KU) - Bangkok, Thailand
  • Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) - Bogor, Indonesia
  • University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) - Quezon City, Philippines
  • University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) - Miag-ao, Iloilo, Philippines
  • Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) - Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Each applicant is required to submit the following documents:

  • SEARCA Scholarship Application Form (2 copies);
  • Application forms for admission to the Graduate School of the universities where the applicant may pursue graduate studies under SEARCA scholarship;
  • Official transcript of academic records of each degree completed (BS transcript for MS applicants and BS and MS transcripts for PhD applicants);
  • Certification of employment;
  • A two-page write-up on agricultural competitiveness or natural resource management;
  • A brief description of the research that the applicant plans to conduct for thesis/dissertation. The research topic must be in line with the priority thrusts of SEARCA. (SEARCA's Ninth Five-Year Plan);
  • Two copies of passport-size pictures of the applicant;
  • Certification from a medical doctor that the applicant is in good physical and mental health condition and is fit to undertake graduate studies;
  • Official endorsement from the employer;
  • Results of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): score of 550 for paper-based and 213 for computer-based) or IELTS results (6.0)

For details and Application, Click HERE

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