SEARCA Graduate Scholarship


Deadline       : 31 July , 2018

Location       : Indonesia/Malaysia/Thailand/Philippines

Duration      : Varies

Type               : Fully Funded


The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) invites applications for its graduate scholarship (MS and PhD) in agriculture and related fields for Academic Year 2018-2019.

Fields of Study      :

Agriculture and related sciences (including biological sciences, fishery, environmental science, statistics, forestry and social sciences)


With the Tenth Five Year Plan as guide, the graduate scholars’ thesis/dissertation topics must fall within any of the following ISARD priority themes and focus areas:

Social Inclusion

  • Strengthening of Value Chains and Agribusiness Commodity Systems
  • Integration of small-scale farmers into commercial food systems
  • Food and Nutrition Security
  • Productivity-enhancing innovations and modern technologies
  • Rural entrepreneurship toward off-farm and non-farm businesses

Environmental Sustainability

  • Climate change adaptation and resiliency
  • Natural Resource Management

Cross-cutting Concerns

  • Sub-regional cooperation in trade and investments
  • Regional Economic Integration (AFTA and AEC 2015)
  • Government Policies, Institutions, and Governance Mechanisms/Reforms that can address and redress rural poverty, inequitable growth, and environmental degradation

Study Posts:

Any of the following universities, as well as those that have institutional arrangements with SEARCA, may serve as study posts of SEARCA MS and PhD scholars:

These five universities are members of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources. SEARCA serves as the Secretariat of the University Consortium.

SEARCA reserves the right to make the final decision on the choice of the scholars’ study post. Therefore, applicants are required to submit to SEARCA applications for admission to the Graduate Schools of three universities in the list.


The SEARCA Graduate Scholarship is open to nationals of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam who are regular employees of academic, research or government institutions and not more than 35 years old (for Master’s degree) or 40 years old (for PhD) at the time of application.

The Funding Covers:

  • stipend
  • tuition
  • international and domestic travel allowances
  • thesis/dissertation support
  • book allowance
  • health insurance

Application Processes:

  • Interested parties may submit their accomplished SEARCA Scholarship Application form together with other original application requirements to the Ministries of Education/Higher Education of their respective countries.
  • Applicants must check the deadlines set by the Ministries to receive/accept applications of SEARCA scholarship.
  • These Ministries will then screen and endorse applications to SEARCA not later than 31 July 2017.
  • SEARCA Scholarship application forms and the complete list of requirements may be downloaded here.

For more information, please visit Official Website or make direct inquiries to [email protected].