SEARCA Full Master's and PhD Scholarships


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Jul 31, 2019

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Scholarship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Location of citizenship: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia Expand all

Must travel to: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand

Age restriction: No more than 40 years of age

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NOTE: Applications may be submitted to one of Ministries of the applicant’s own country, which are are then screened and sent to SEARCA. Applicants are thus requested to check from their respective Ministries of Education/Higher Education for their deadline of receiving applications. Deadline for the Ministries to send endorsements to SEARCA is 31 July of every year.

Full Master's and PhD Scholarships

SEARCA’s Graduate Study Program was initiated in School Year 1968/1969. Over four 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.

For more than four decades SEARCA has awarded more than 1,500 scholarships to nationals of SEAMEO regular 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)


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:

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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.
  • Proposed thesis research should focus on SEARCA’s overarching theme of inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD).
    • Thus, areas of specialization of scholarship applicants must pursue should be agriculture or related sciences, which include but are not limited to those that fall under the following program clusters:
      • Agricultural/Biological sciences
      • Social Sciences
      • Economics and Agribusiness
      • Forestry and Fisheries
      • Environmental Sciences
      • Agro-industrial Technology and Engineering
    • Moreover, priority research topics must fall within the ISARD strategic thrusts on social inclusion, environmental sustainability, and cross-cutting concerns. 
  • 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
    • a stipend for food, lodging and incidental expenses.