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Human Resource Development

The PCARI Human Resource Development component has three subcomponents: the PCARI Scholarship Project, Project-based Study Support and the HRD for RDI Managers and Workers

PCARI Scholarships Project

.The objective of PCARI Scholarships Project is to develop the critical mass of scientists, technologists and innovators in the Philippines HEIs capable of generating and translation technologies into innovations that will address societal problems. Scholars under this project will have an opportunity to interact with the world's elite research universities and will be part of the top talents in the country who are active in fundamental and applied research relevant to the country's socio-economic development and the long-term competitiveness of the Philippines.

PCARI Scholarship project offers:

Degree Programs (Local/Foreign)
  • Master's Degree Program with Thesis or Project
  • Full Ph.D. Program
  • Sandwich Programs for Master's and Doctoral Degrees

Non-Degree Programs (Local/Foreign)
  • Postdoctoral Study Award
  • Fellowships
The scholarships are open to researchers, faculty, and graduate students of Philippine PCARI collaborating higher education institutions and other Philippine higher education institutions as may be identified by CHED, including the consortium member-institutions of the ERDT, NSC, ad the ASTHRDP.

Eligibility Requirements


Master's Degree

  • have a BS degree in a relevant discipline
  • be 45 years old or below at the time of application
  • be a Filipino citizen
  • be in good health
  • have no pending criminal/ administrative cases
  • be admitted to CHED-identified university where s/he wishes to pursue his/her graduate studies
  • undertake a master's thesis relevant to or part of a PCARI-funded project

Doctoral Degree

  • have a Master's degree (by research) or equivalent or a BS degree with an exceptional academic record in relevant disciplines
  • be 45 years old or below at the time of application
  • be a Filipino citizen
  • be in good health
  • have no pending criminal/ administrative cases
  • be admitted to the CHED-identified university where s/he wishes to pursue his/her graduate studies
  • undertake a doctoral dissertation relevant to or part of a PCARi-funded project

For Stand-alone Sandwich Programs (Master's and Doctoral)
  • be a Filipino citizen
  • be in good health
  • have no pending criminal/administrative cases
  • have completed his/her coursework in an eligible PH HEI was otherwise known as the scholars' home institution
  • have passed the comprehensive exam
  • be accepted to participate in a PCARI-funded project
  • be 48 years old or below at the time of application

Postdoctoral Study Award

  • possess a Doctorate degree in a relevant discipline
  • have a track record of relevant research experience
  • have research proposal aligned with the PCARI-IIID/HITM priority areas
  • have an acceptance from a research collaborator in a PCARI pre-determined host institution

Application Procedure


The applicant must:

a. Accomplish the PCARI-IHITM/PCARI-IIID Scholarship Application Form (PCARI Form No. 1A)   
b. Submit the accomplished form and the following documents to the PCARI-IHITM/PCARI-IIID Office:
  • Curriculum vitae covering personal, educational (including research projects if applicable), and professional (type of work and position occupied) background.
  • Certified true copy of: (1) grades or official transcript of records; and, (2) diploma or certificate of graduation
  • Recommendation letter from three (3) past professors or supervisors
  • A narrative, not more than one thousand (1000) words, describing the applicant’s current work or project (or research) and contribution towards the completion of the project
  • A narrative, not more than five hundred (500) words, describing the qualities that make the applicant outstanding in a highly competitive process (e.g., academic excellence, development potential, financial need, etc.)
  • For Master’s applicant, a narrative, not more than five hundred (500) words, describing what the applicant intends to do (e.g., work, business, etc.) after earning a graduate degree. For Doctoral and Postdoc applicant, a narrative, not more than 500 words, describing the intended research area, e.g., a “Statement of Purpose”.
  • Birth certificate (original NSO copy and photocopy) 
  • Certification of no pending cases from (1) NBI, and (2) employer (University for new graduates)
  • Admission letter

Note: 
For overseas scholarship, admission letter will only be required from pre-qualified applicants.
For Stand-alone Sandwich Program, the Project Leader  and Principal Investigator's Certification of the Acceptability of Applicant's thesis/dissertation, in lieu of the admission letter, will be required from applicants

Please see Forms for additional references and materials.



Project-based Study Support


Full-time project staff may pursue their Master's or Doctoral degrees on a part-time basis, subject to the approval of the Project leader and in accordance with pertinent institutional policies of the implementing HEIs. It is understood that their Master's thesis or Doctoral dissertation shall be directly part of and funded by the Project; provided, the PL shall be designated as an adviser or co-adviser.


HRD for RDI Managers and Workers


Full-time project staff may pursue their Master's or Doctoral degrees on a part-time basis, subject to the approval of the Project leader and in accordance with pertinent institutional policies of the implementing HEIs. It is understood that their Master's thesis or Doctoral dissertation shall be directly part of and funded by the Project; provided, the PL shall be designated as an adviser or co-adviser. 

The first major objective of this subcomponent is to improve capacity of RDI managers to adapt globally comparable standards and systems such as:
  • effective international collaborative RDI management schemes in government
  • establishment and management of functional world-class research institute/s with state-of-the-art facilities
This subcomponent shall provide non-degree training about best practices in RDI management including grants administration, equipment procurement, monitoring and evaluation, human resource management, data management, technology transfer and delivery, and project impact evaluation, among others.

The second major objective is to provide short-term training for R&D workers to upgrade and/or augment their R & D capability such as: 

  • visiting research fellowships;
  • attendance to mind sharing/technology sharing forums/ conferences to update participants on latest breakthroughs;
  • special courses on selected aspects of RDI, technopreneurship, commercialization and launching of innovations to market;
  • apprenticeships in industries;
  • technical study visits to laboratories of private and public institutions;
  • study visits to explore areas for international and cross-disciplinary collaboration; and other activities to be determined by the PMCO.

These shall be open to faculty, researchers, students and staff interested to participate in R&D priority activities of PCARI. 

The administration of this training subcomponent shall be handled by the PMCO.

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