In line with the initiatives to upgrade the capability of the staff, scholarship grants have been continuously given to those holders of a permanent position in any NAARRDN (National Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research and Development Network) member agency through the DOST-PCAARRD Human Resource Development Program.
At present, the DOST-PCAARRD Human Resource Development Program has the following offerings:
1. Graduate Research and Education Assistantship for Technology (GREAT) new
Innovative way to support qualified graduate students in completing their degree programs by providing sufficient financial and technical support, particularly in the conduct of their research/thesis. Through this research assistantship, grantees can conduct their research/thesis under the umbrella of an identified DOST-PCAARRD funded R&D project. Benefits of a Graduate Research Associates (GRA; Masters) and Graduate Research Fellows (GRF; PhD) will include tuition and other school fees (2 years for GRA; 3 years for GRF), monthly allowance, transportation allowance, insurance, thesis/dissertation budget of up to Php50,000 for GRA or Php100,000 for GRF, and graduation fees. A Research Grant is likewise built-in in the identified R&D project funded by DOST-PCAARRD. Upon completion of their study program, the GRA/GRF can also be entitled to a proposal-based re-entry research grant of up to P5M by DOST-PCAARRD when he/she returns to his/her mother agency.
2. Thesis Assistance
Enables graduate students to address the research priority areas identified in DOST-PCAARRD’s current Medium Term Plan/Industry S&T Strategic Plan (ISP). This is granted to Masters and PhD students from NAARRDN-member institutions and non DOST-PCAARRD scholars. Financial support covers full thesis/dissertation expense of up to Php100,000 (PhD) or Php50,000 (Masters). It can also serve as augmentation fund of another scholarship grant.
- Thesis Assistance Program brochure and application form
- Thesis Assistance Program dissertation/thesis expenses allowed
3. Re-Entry Grant for Returning Scholars
Enables newly graduated DOST-PCAARRD scholars to pursue, in their mother agency, an R&D project related to their thesis/dissertation and in support of DOST-PCAARRD research priority areas, as well as their regional and organizational plans. Currently, maximum budget support is Php250,000 for PhD scholars and Php150,000 for Masters scholars. This is also the platform to be used in the re-entry program component under GREAT.
4. Publication Incentives
Promotes scientific productivity, knowledge sharing, and eventually application of R&D results by encouraging and rewarding NAARRDN researchers and scholars to publish, as principal authors, their research results in approved local and international refereed journals. Financial incentive ranges from Php25,000 to Php75,000 per published article depending on the impact factor, among other criteria. Journal articles that have already received financial incentive from other institutions are no longer eligible for this program.
5. Balik Scientist Program
In support of the Department of Science and Technology’s “Balik Scientist Program", the DOST-PCAARRD component taps the ingenuity of scientists and experts residing and working abroad and of Filipino-descent, to strengthen the S&T capabilities of local researchers and scholars in addressing critical and emerging concerns in the AANR sectors.
Non-degree Training Program
Strengthens the critical competencies of research managers, researchers, and scholars in the implementation and management of AANR R&D initiatives through the development and conduct of strategically identified enhancement courses.