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how to apply for the DOST Scholarship philippines

If you’re one of those bright-eyed, ambitious students eyeing higher studies and a full-time career in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM), you might want try your luck and smarts at the country’s premier science scholarship program.

The Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Scholarship Program is back this year, after a two-year hiatus due to the implementation of the K-12 curriculum.  

A record-breaking 8,994 new scholars qualified for the 2018 edition of the RA 7687 and Merit scholarship programs. The former is for gifted students belonging to economically disadvantaged families, while the latter is for students with high aptitude in science and math. It’s the highest number of qualifiers since the program started in 1958, outdoing 2015’s 5,303 qualifiers by 69.60 percent.

DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña welcomed the surge in the number of scholars, deeming it favorable to the country which needs more Science and Technology (S&T) professionals to address national concerns.

“A few years from now, these students will become key players in the country’s development. We hope that the DOST scholarship programs can help them pursue their dreams in the S&T field of their choice,” de la Peña said.

FlipScience compiled the following information about the DOST scholarship programs to help young aspiring scientists and engineers pursue their science degrees and careers.

There are actually separate programs for Undergraduate and Graduate students. (The official list of qualifiers published by the DOST in March 2018 was for the 2018 S&T Undergraduate Scholarship.)

2019 S&T Undergraduate Scholarship Program

There are two undergraduate DOST scholarship options:

1. RA 7687

Under Republic Act No. 7687 (Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994), S&T scholarships are awarded to poor, talented, and deserving students who belong to families whose socio-economic status do not exceed the set cut-off values.

To be eligible, the applicant must be:

◆ A natural-born Filipino citizen;

◆ A financially challenged student from a family whose socio-economic status does not exceed the set cut-off values of certain indicators;

◆ A member of the top 5% of the Non-STEM Strand senior high school graduating class OR a member of the STEM Strand senior high school graduating class;

◆ A resident of the municipality for the last 4 years, to be verified by the barangay captain;

◆ In good health and of good moral character; and

◆ A qualifier for the 2019 S&T Scholarship Examination.

2. Merit

Scholarships are awarded to students with high aptitude in science and mathematics who are willing to pursue careers in the fields of science and technology.

To be eligible, the applicant must be:

◆ A natural-born Filipino citizen;

◆ A member of the top 5% of the Non-STEM Strand senior high school graduating class OR a member of the STEM Strand senior high school graduating class;

◆ In good health and of good moral character; and

◆ A qualifier for the 2019 S&T Scholarship Examination.

Securing and Filing DOST Scholarship Applications

Application forms may be downloaded from http://sei.dost.gov.ph/ or secured from the Science and Technology Scholarship Division of the DOST-SEI office at General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City, DOST Regional Offices, Provincial Science and Technology Centers (PSTC), and Offices of the Congressmen and Senators.

Deadline

For both types of scholarships, the deadline for submission of applications is on September 21, 2018. The examination will be on October 21, 2018.

School Placement

The scholarship qualifiers must enrol in any of the following:

1. State Universities and Colleges (SUC)

2. Private higher education institutions recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Centers of Excellence (COE) or Centers of Development (COD) for the priority S&T programs

3. Institutions with Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) Level III accreditation for the priority S&T programs

S&T Priority Courses

Scholars can choose to pursue Aeronautical Engineering, Agriculture, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Forestry, Geology, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Marine Science, Meteorology, Pharmacy, Public Health, and many more. The complete list of priority S&T programs can be downloaded from the DOST-SEI website.

Privileges

◇ Tuition and other school fees

◇ Book allowance

◇ Monthly living allowance (stipend rate at P7,000/month across all disciplines)

◇ Transportation allowance

◇ Group health and accident insurance

◇ MS/PE uniform allowance

◇ Post-graduation clothing allowance

2018 DOST S&T Graduate Scholarship Program

2018 S&T Graduate Scholarship Program

There are three graduate DOST scholarship options:

1. ASTHRDP-NSC

This refers to scholarships in Master’s and Doctorate degrees in priority S&T areas through the implementation of the Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development Program – National Science Consortium (ASTHRDP-NSC).

To be eligible, the applicant must:

◆ Be a natural-born Filipino citizen;

◆ Not be more than 45 years old at the time of application;

◆ Be in good health;

◆ Pass the admission requirements for graduate studies at any of the NSC member-universities;

◆ Pass the interview and other screening procedures; and

◆ Have no criminal or administrative cases.

2. ERDT

This refers to scholarships in Master’s and Doctorate degrees in various engineering fields through the implementation of the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT).

To be eligible, the applicant must:

◆ Be a natural-born Filipino citizen;

◆ Not be more than 45 years old at the time of application;

◆ Be in good health;

◆ Pass the admission requirements for graduate studies at any of the ERDT member-universities;

◆ Have a BS/MS degree in engineering or related field; and

◆ Have no criminal or administrative cases.

3. CBPSME

This refers to scholarships in Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Science and Mathematics Education through the implementation of the Capacity Building Program in Science and Mathematics Education (CBPSME), in partnership with the National Consortium in Graduate Science and Mathematics Education.

To be eligible, the applicant must:

◆ Be a natural-born Filipino citizen;

◆ Not be more than 45 years old at the time of application;

◆ Be in good health and of good moral character;

◆ Pass the admission requirements for graduate studies at any of the consortium member-universities;

◆ Have at least two years teaching experience in science and mathematics for PhD, or at least one year teaching experience or have graduated with academic honors or graduated as DOST scholar for Master’s;

◆ (If employed:) Be allowed to study full-time for two or three years and part-time for six years of Distance Education Mode.

◆ Not be a recipient of other scholarships;

◆ Be willing to accept the terms and conditions specified in the Scholarship Contract which include, among others, return service.

Deadlines

The deadline for submission varies according to scholarship type and the actual school placement.

For example, Ateneo de Manila University’s deadline for all three types of DOST scholarship applications is on June 15, 2018.

Meanwhile, the University of the Philippines Diliman’s deadline is on June 8, 2018 for ERDT and June 15, 2018 for ASTHRDP-NSC and CBPSME.

For the complete and updated list, please visit the DOST-SEI website or call (02) 837-1333, 839-0083, and 837-2071 local 2382.

Privileges

◇ Tuition and other school fees

◇ Book allowance

◇ Monthly living allowance

◇ Transportation allowance

◇ Thesis/Dissertation Grant

◇ Research Grant

◇ Group health and accident insurance for ASTHRDP-NSC and CBPSME

–MF


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