DA-SEARCA Offers Graduate Scholarships for the School Year 2011-2012

A plant shall never grow tall and strong without an extensive root system.  A building shall not be built high and sturdy without a good foundation.  As well as an institution will not be progressive and successful without a skilled and competent manpower.
As such, in capacitating its workforce, the Department of Agriculture (DA) in partnership with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) opens scholarship grants for masters (MS) and doctoral studies (PhD) this coming school year 2011-2012 to its entire junior and mid-level professional staff from the central and regional offices, including its attached agencies.

Universities and Degree Programs
The degree programs and study posts under the DA-SEARCA scholarship are offered in three of the Department’s partner universities namely, Ateneo de Manila University, University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) and University of the Philippines (UP).  The graduate study posts that may be applied for are as follows:

  • Ateneo de Manila School of Governance (ASoG)
    • Master in Public Management (MPM) specialized in Strategic Leadership for Agricultural Development
    • PhD in Leadership Studies specialized in Public Management
  • UA&P
    • Master’s Program in Food Systems Management
    • Executive Master in Business Economics
  • UP School of Economics (UPEcon)
    • Master in Development Economics
    • PhD in Economics

Requirements and Deadline
Interested applicants must secure the following documentary requirements and submit them to SEARCA on or before November 15, 2010:

  • Three copies of a duly accomplished DA-SEARCA Scholarship Application Form
  • Application forms for admission to the Graduate Program of any of the three partner universities
  • Original transcript of records (TOR) bearing the seal of the university with original signature of the registrar of head of school (for MS degree applicants, original BS TOR; for PhD degree applicants, original BS and MS TOR)
  • Certification of Employment
  • Recommendation letter from employer or immediate supervisor
  • Write-up on how the applicant envisions his/her future role and contributions upon completion of the graduate program
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • Brief description of the research the applicant plans to conduct for thesis/dissertation
  • Two copies of the applicant’s photo in passport-size
  • Certification from a medical doctor that the applicant is in good physical and mental health condition and is fit to undertake graduate studies

Interested applicants for the DA-SEARCA scholarship may get in touch with Dr. Editha C. Cedicol, Manager of the Graduate Scholarship Department of SEARCA for inquiries and clarifications through email at ecc@agri.searca.org or ijm@agri.searca.org or gsd@agri.searca.org. For more information about the offered degree programs, applicants are encouraged to visit the universities’ website (www.asg.ateneo.edu, www.uap.edu.ph and www.econ.upd.edu.ph).
This graduate scholarship program offered to all DA professional staff is funded by the Department and is being implemented by SEARCA. (Yovina-Claire R. Agsawa)