SEARCA Seed Fund for Research and Training

SEARCA assists SEAMEO member countries in producing highly trained human resources in agriculture and related sciences to accelerate agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia.

Graduate Scholarship Program
The Graduate Scholarship Program aims to award graduate scholarships to highly qualified Southeast Asians to pursue graduate studies in agriculture, forestry and related science.

Priority Thrusts
For its Tenth Five Year Plan, SEARCA will focus on the overarching theme of Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD). Thus, areas of specialization of SEARCA Master’s and PhD degree scholarships are agriculture and related science, 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 following ISARD sub-themes:
  • Strengthening of value chains and agribusiness commodity systems
  • Linking the small-scale farmers and other marginalized groups with the commercial food systems
  • Food and nutrition security
  • Agricultural productivity
  • Rural entrepreneurship
  • Climate change adaptation and resiliency, risk mitigation/management, and climate-smart agriculture
  • Natural resource management (agro-biodiversity conservation, organic farming, conservation farming, agri-tourism, land and water resource management)
  • Sub-regional cooperation in trade and investments
  • ASEAN Regional Economic Integration (AFTA and AEC 2015)
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)

At the start of Academic Year 2017-2018 SEARCA has granted a total of 1,697 scholarships to Southeast Asian nationals.


  • 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
Other Academic Grants
SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Grants
University Consortium (UC) Grants
Academic Bridging Program
Faculty and Student Mobility Grant
KU-UPM Dual Degree Program

PhD Research Scholarship
In November 2005, SEARCA established the PhD Research Scholarship, which provides financial support to qualified PhD students whose researches are relevant to the priority thrusts of SEARCA.

The PhD research scholarship aims to:
  1. Provide PhD students the opportunity to use the resources and facilities available at SEARCA and its network of universities for their research;
  2. Produce quality research papers for publication; and
  3. Enable them to work with SEARCA's R&D personnel on mutually identified areas of concerns/interests in agriculture and rural development.
Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT)
The Southeast Asian (SEA) region has a number of promising researchers and scientists whose desire to contribute to the region's development through research and knowledge dissemination initiatives is hindered by lack of funds. This situation serves as a barrier to translating promising research and training into scientific outputs that could be applied to promote development.

To address this concern and in line with the Center's thrust of promoting, undertaking and coordinating research programs relevant to inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development of the region, SEARCA will dedicate funds to be known as the SEARCA Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT).

The SFRT is envisaged to provide chosen research and training project proposals with limited start-up funds intended to enhance chances of securing long-term support from donor agencies. A grant of up to $15,000 shall be awarded as seed fund for research/training.


  1. SFRT aims to provide start-up funds to researchers and scientists who can make significant contributions to the development of the region but lack the funds to carry out their projects.
  2. It intends to build capacities of researchers to develop research proposals and conduct the research, mindful of inherent technical, financial, and administrative responsibilities of such an undertaking.
  3. It seeks to expand SEARCA’s reach in terms of research, capacity building, and contribution to the body of knowledge on ISARD in the region.
Travel Grants
To reinforce the Center's efforts and resources in the promotion of inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) toward food security and poverty alleviation in the region, SEARCA will provide travel grants of up to a maximum of US$1,200 to each qualified agriculture and agriculture-related professionals and social scientists including graduate students in Southeast Asia.

AWG-SF Strategic Response Fund
The ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) supports the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN), now referred to as the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF), in addressing three interrelated issues confronting the region---food insecurity, poverty, and climate change. This partnership programme, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), aims to integrate social forestry into the climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies of ASEAN and its member states. It promotes the inclusion of communities, women, and vulnerable groups in social forestry and climate change adaptation and mitigation measures.

The Dioscoro L. Umali Achievement Award in Agricultural Development
Dioscoro L. Umali Achievement Award in Agricultural Development intends to honor exemplary Southeast Asians whose work has provided exceptionally significant positive impact on the development of agriculture and the improvement of the quality of life in rural communities in the region.




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