How to Become a Scholar: An Ultimate Guide to Scholarship Programs for Filipino Students

Last Updated on 08/07/2021 by FilipiKnow

Education is an investment.

However, not everyone can afford this valuable investment. 

Studying entails expenses whether it is for tuition, food, transportation, or books. It is stressful to worry about your expenses while studying. That’s why scholarship programs exist–to help you with your expenses.

Whether you’re a high school, a college, or a graduate student aspiring to be a scholar, this article will guide you on how to ace a scholarship program in the Philippines. 


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What are the different types of scholarship programs in the Philippines?

1. Academic Scholarship Programs.

Are you an academic achiever? If yes, then you may consider applying for an academic scholarship.

Academic scholarship programs require you to have grades within their qualification requirements. Examples are the following:

Keep reading this article to know more about these academic scholarship programs.

2. Athletic Scholarship Programs.

If you’re inclined to sports, consider applying for an athletic scholarship program. This kind of scholarship requires you to be part of the school or university varsity.  Examples of this are the athletic scholarship programs of:

3. Talent- or Skill-Based Scholarship Program.

Are you talented in music, performing arts, visual arts, or digital arts? If yes, then consider applying for this kind of scholarship. Examples of this are the following:

4. Leadership Excellence Scholarship Programs.

This type of scholarship program is for students with the qualities and experience of an excellent leader. Examples are the following:


Part I. Scholarship Programs for High School Students.

1. Philippine Science High School (PSHS) Scholarship.

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  • Description: Annually, PSHS conducts the National Competitive Examination (NCE) which is open for any incoming Grade 7 only.
  • Qualifications:
  1. Final Grade of 85% in Science and Mathematics. If the student’s grade is below 85%, the student may still be qualified if he/she belongs to the top 10% of the class
  2. A Filipino citizen with no pending or approved application as an immigrant to any foreign country
  3. Not older than 14 years old and in good health, capable to undergo rigorous academic program
  • Requirements:
  1. Two copies of the fully-accomplished Application Form
  2. Recent 1” x 1” ID pictures
  3. Certified True Copy of student’s report card
  4. Non-Refundable Processing Fee (for private school only, Php 300)
  • Benefits:
  1. Quality and Intensive Science Education from PSHS with free tuition fee
  2. Monthly Stipend of Php 500
  3. Living Allowance of Php 4,000 a month
  4. Dormitory Accommodation
  • How to apply for PSHS Scholarship:
  1. Download and accomplish the application form or apply online. The application form is free of charge.
  2. Submit the documentary requirements to any PSHS campus or DOST/Provincial S&T offices. If you apply online, submit them here.
  3. Send Processing fee, if applicable. If the applicant is from a private school, you may send the payment upon submission of the application. If you apply online, payments are made after accomplishing the application form. 

2. Annual Nationwide Search for Young Arts Scholars (Philippine High School for the Arts).

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  • Description: The Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA) grants scholarships to students with exemplary talent in the arts.
  • Qualifications:
  1. Filipino citizen
  2. Not older than 14 years old
  3. Grade 6 pupil at the time of application
  4. Talented in any art discipline
  5. Proficient in English and Filipino 
  6. Willing to study in a residential school
  7. In good health
  8. Willing to pursue a college degree/career in Dance, Creative Writing, Architecture, Fine Arts, Music, Theater Arts, Journalism, or any related courses
  • Requirements:
  1. PHSA Application Form
  2. PSA Birth Certificate (Photocopy)
  3. Grade 6 report card (Photocopy)
  4. One-page resume citing accomplishments in arts
  5. Ten sample works, all of which should be typewritten, double spaced on A4 white bond paper and authenticated by the teacher-in-charge (For creative writing).
  6. Ten images of artwork (jpeg format) in CD or DVD (For Visual Arts)
  • Benefits:
  1. Free tuition fee
  2. Board and lodging
  3. Monthly stipend
  4. Opportunities to represent the country and school in local and international festivals, competitions, and exchange programs
  • How to apply for Annual Nationwide Search for Young Arts Scholars.

Send accomplished application form and other requirements to:

Philippine High School for the Arts

National Arts Center, Mt. Makiling, College 4031, Laguna


Part II: Scholarship Programs for College Students.

A. National Government Scholarship Programs.

1. DOST-SEI (Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute) Undergraduate Scholarships.

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If you plan to take a degree program related to science, engineering, medicine, mathematics, or other related fields, consider applying for DOST-SEI undergraduate scholarships.

Priority programs covered by the DOST-SEI undergraduate scholarships:

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Types of DOST-SEI undergraduate scholarship:

  1. Republic Act 7687 “Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994”.
  • Description: This scholarship provides a monthly stipend to Filipino students whose families’ socio-economic status is within the scholarships’ indicators. Students must pursue priority fields in science, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Qualifications:
  1. Natural-born Filipino citizen whose family’s socio-economic status belongs to scholarship’s indicators
  2. STEM strand student OR a member of the top five (5%) of the Non-STEM strand graduating class
  3. Resident of the municipality as attested by the barangay
  4. Of good moral character and in good health
  5. Must not have earned any undergraduate units yet
  6. Must not have taken any previous DOST-SEI examinations
  7. S&T scholarship examination passer
  • Requirements:
  1. Personal Information (Form A) and Household Information Questionnaire (Form B)
  2. Certificate of Good Moral Character (Form C)
  3. Certificate of Good Health (Form D)
  4. Principal Certification (Form E1 for STEM student applicants or Form E2 for non-STEM student applicants)
  5. Certificate of Residency (Form F)
  6. Parent’s Certification (Form E)
  7. Application Certification (Form H)
  8. Signed Declaration by the applicant and the Parent/Legal Guardian (Form I)
  9. Recent picture (1”x1”)
  10. Photocopy of Birth Certificate
  11. Parent’s Income Tax Return/Employment Contract for OFW/BIR Certificate of Exemption from Filing of ITR/Brgy. Cert. of Indigency
  • Benefits:
  1. Tuition and other school fees (Php 40,000/year)
  2. Book Allowance (Php 10,000/year)
  3. Group Health and Accident Insurance (Premium)
  4. Monthly living allowance (Php 7,000/month)

2. DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship Program (NSDB or NSTA Scholarship under RA No. 2067).

  • Description: A program that provides a scholarship for students with high aptitude in science and mathematics. Qualified students must pursue DOST-SEI undergraduate scholarship priority programs.
  • Qualifications:
  1. Natural-born Filipino citizen
  2. STEM student of the graduating class OR a member of the top five percent (5%) of Non-STEM graduating class
  3. Resident of the municipality as attested by the barangay
  4. Of good moral character and in good health
  5. Must not have earned any undergraduate units yet
  6. Must not have taken any previous DOST-SEI undergraduate examination
  7. S&T scholarship examination passer
  • Requirements: DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship has the same list of requirements as the Republic Act 7687 scholarship program (see the previous section).
  • Benefits: DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship benefits are the same as the  Republic Act 7687 scholarship benefits.

How to apply for DOST-SEI undergraduate scholarship program.

Step 1: Check if you’re eligible for the scholarship program. Determine whether your desired degree program is a priority program of the DOST-SEI undergraduate scholarship.

Step 2: Register online: Use this link to apply online.

Step 3: Fill out the application forms and upload documentary requirements. See the previous section for the list of required documents. Upload them using the link from Step 2.

Step 4: Select a test center. You will be asked by the system to select your test center. Here is a list of contact information of different DOST Regional Offices.

Step 5: Wait for the test permit. You will receive your test permit at the email address you used to register with the online system one (1) month before the examination.


For inquiries, you may visit the DOST-SEI official website. You may also reach them through 09278868816 (Cellphone), (02)8837-2071 (Telephone), or E-mail: [email protected]

2. CHED (Commission on Higher Education) Scholarship.

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  • Description: The Commission on Higher Education, under RA 7722, provides scholarships to qualified students1. CHED scholarship offers full scholarship or half Scholarship under State Scholarship Program (SSP) and Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA).
  • Qualifications:
  1. Graduating Filipino high school student with a GWA (General Weighted Average) of at least 90%
  2. Combined Parents’ Annual Gross Income not exceeding Php 400,000
  • Requirements:
  1. Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate
  2. High School Report Card (for incoming freshmen) or Certified True Copy of Grade 11 and 1st Semester Grade 11 grades (for graduating high school students).
  3. Any of the following documents: Accomplished Application Form (Click this for sample application form); Parents’ Income Tax Return (latest); Certificate of Tax Exemption from BIR; Certificate of Indigency; Case Report from DSWD; or Copy of contract or proof of income (for children of OFWs)
  • Benefits:
  1. For students who are enrolling for a State University College: Stipend of Php 40,000 per year for full SSP or stipend of Php 20,000 per year for half SSP
  2. For students who are enrolling for a Private Higher Education Institution: Tuition and other school fees worth Php 20,000 per year and stipend worth Php 40,000 per year (full PESFA) or tuition and other school fees worth Php 10,000 per year and stipend worth Php 20,000 per year (half PESFA)
  • How to apply for CHED Scholarship Program.

Step 1: Prepare documentary requirements. Refer to the “Requirements” section above for the complete list of documentary requirements.

Step 2: Submit your application. You may submit your documentary requirements to the CHED Regional Office (CHEDRO) where the school you graduated from is based. You may also submit your requirements through courier.

Step 3: Wait for the result. If you pass the application process, CHEDRO will send you a Notice of Award (NOA) or send your HEI a notice.

Step 4: Accept the NOA. Affix your signature on the return slip and submit it to the concerned CHEDRO. 


As of May 2021, the application for the 2021 CHED Scholarship is not yet open. You can refer to their official site for updates. 

3. OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) Education for Development Scholarship (EDSP).

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  • Description: Offered to dependents of OWWA members who will pursue a 4-5 year undergraduate program in any university.
  • Qualifications:

For incoming freshmen.

  1. The member-OFW must be an active member of OWWA at the time of application
  2. The applicant must be single but not older than 21 years old
  3. With an average grade of 80% or higher and belongs to the top 20% of the graduating class
  4. Must be one of the top 400 passers of the DOST qualifying examination

For enrolled college students.

  1. Single and not older than 30 years old
  2. A GWA (General Weighted Average) of 85% in all academic and non-academic subjects (attended in full load) during the last school year
  • Requirements:
  1. EDSP Application form
  2. 2 copies of a recent 2” x 2” photo
  3. PSA Birth Certificate
  4. Form 137 (for incoming freshmen) OR Transcript of Records or Certificate of Grades (for those already enrolled in college)
  5. Certification from the Principal proving the applicant reached a GWA of 80% and belongs to the top 20% of the graduating class
  • Benefits: Stipend of Php 60,000 per year.
  • How to apply for OWWA EDSP.

Step 1: Pass the DOST-SEI qualifying examination. You must be one of the top 400 passers of the DOST qualifying examination to be qualified for the OWWA EDSP.

Step 2: Secure the requirements stated above. Once you’ve decided to apply for the OWWA scholarship, start securing these requirements and prepare.  

Step 3: Submit your requirements to the nearest OWWA office.


You may visit OWWA’s official site for updates regarding the OWWA EDSP.


B. Local Government Scholarship Programs.

You may also consider applying for a scholarship grant from your LGU. 

Here is a compilation of links containing details of some local government scholarship programs in the Philippines:


C. Corporate/Private Scholarship Programs.

1. SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI) Scholarship Program.

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  • Description: Founded by Henry Sy, Sr., the SM Foundation has changed countless lives since it started sponsoring its first batch of scholars in 1993. The SM Foundation’s college scholarship program provides allowance, full tuition, and even employment opportunities after graduation to qualified students. 
  • Degree programs covered by the SM Foundation scholarship program:
  1. BS in Accountancy
  2. BS in Accounting Information Systems
  3. BS in Accounting Technology
  4. BS in Civil Engineering
  5. BS in Computer Engineering
  6. BS in Computer Science
  7. BS in Electrical Engineering
  8. BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering/ BS in Electronics Engineering
  9. BS in Elementary Education
  10. BSBA in Financial Management
  11. BS in Information Technology
  12. BS in Internal Auditing
  13. BSBA in Management Accounting
  14. BS in Mechanical Engineering
  15. BS in Secondary Education major in Biology, Chemistry, General Sciences, Physics, Mathematics, English
  • Qualifications:
  1. Grade 12 students from public and private schools from the areas covered by the SMFI scholarship. Applicants from private schools must have a DepED voucher and must be Grade 10 finishers from public high schools. Shown below are the areas covered by the SMFI scholarship.
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  1. GWA (General Weighted Average) of 88% or higher for Grade 12 first semester
  2. Total household income of not more than Php 150,000 per year
  • Requirements:
  1. SMFI scholarship online application form
  2. Parents’ Income Tax Return/Certification of Non-Filing of Income/Certificate of Indigency
  3. Latest Grade 12 Report Card
  4. Birth Certificate
  5. 2” x 2” ID Picture
  6. Sketch of the home to the nearest SM Mall
  • Benefits:
  1. Full tuition
  2. Monthly allowance
  3. Part-time opportunities (during semestral or Christmas break)
  4. Exclusive job offer from SM upon graduation
  • How to apply for SMFI scholarship.

Step 1: Choose an SM Foundation Partner School. As of the school year 2021 – 2022, here’s the official list of partner schools of SM Foundation’s college scholarship program

Step 2: Apply online. Use this link for SMFI online application.

Step 3: Upload required documents using the link from Step 1.

Step 4: Wait to be assessed and evaluated. After you submit the required documents, SMFI will assess your application. After a couple of days, you will receive an email notification to let you know whether you are qualified to take the exam or your application has been denied.

Step 5: Take the online exam. You will receive via email the details of the exam including the schedule. The exam result will be sent also via email.

Step 6: Prepare for an interview. If you pass the exam, you will be interviewed by the SMFI via Google Meet. Details of the interview and result will be sent via email.

Step 7: Prepare for a random virtual home visit. If you pass the interview, prepare for virtual home visits by the SMFI via Google Meet.

Step 8: Confirm your school and degree program. If you pass the exam and the interview, you will be required to confirm your school and degree program via email.

Step 9: Attend the orientation and contract signing. Wait for the email notification about the details of the orientation and contract signing.

  • OTHER INFORMATION: For inquiries about the scholarship program, you may send an email to [email protected]

2. Megaworld Foundation Scholarship.

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  • Description: Just like SM, the real-estate giant Megaworld Corporation also gives back to the community through scholarships. From 2007 to 2018 alone, the Megaworld Foundation, Inc. provided over 5,000 scholarship grants to deserving students. This scholarship program gives qualified students monthly allowance as well as career opportunities after graduation.
  • Qualifications:

For incoming freshmen.

  1. Must belong to the upper 10% of the graduating class
  2. Must have passed the entrance exam of a Megaworld Foundation Partner School
  3. Must have an average of 85% and a minimum grade of 80% in all subjects

For enrolled college students.

  1. Must have a GPA (Grade Point Average) of at least 85% and a minimum grade of 80% in all subjects
  2. Must be enrolled with full load number of units
  • Requirements:
  1. Original copy of Income Tax Return (showing not more than Php 300,000 gross income annually, Affidavit and BIR Certification of Tax Exemption of Father and Mother, or Guardian Birth Certificate
  2. Original and photocopy of Birth Certificate
  3. Endorsement letter from the university
  4. Two copies of 2” x 2” ID pictures
  5. Two copies of 1” x 1” ID pictures
  6. Photograph of Applicant with family/guardian
  7. NBI clearance
  8. For incoming freshmen only: Original copy of the Final Grade Report, original copy of the Certification proving the applicant belongs to the upper 10% of the graduating batch, and original and photocopy of the university entrance exam result
  9. For enrolled college students only: Grade report from previous to the current semester
  10. Original copy and photocopy of the University Registration Form with class schedule
  11. Photocopy of the Course Curriculum
  • Benefits:
  1. Full tuition fee
  2. Allowance per school year
  3. Career opportunity at Megaworld Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates
  • How to apply for the Megaworld Foundation Scholarship.

You may apply through their online application portal.

3. Security Bank Foundation’s Scholars for Better Communities Scholarship Program.

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  • Description: Through its foundation, Security Bank provides scholarships to poor but deserving students. The foundation funds the students’ education through the Scholars for Better Communities program, while the partner schools take care of the selection of the scholars and the monitoring of their subsequent academic performances.
  • Qualifications:
  1. Graduating Grade 12 student who will be taking any of the following degree programs: Accountancy/Accounting Information System/Accounting Information Technology; Internal Auditing; Marketing; Industrial Engineering; Management Engineering; Applied Mathematics; Business Analytics/Statistics; Data Science; Computer Science/Technology; Information Systems/Technology
  2. GWA of at least 90%
  3. No parent currently in Security Bank
  4. No other family member within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity currently admitted to the scholarship
  5. No existing scholarship
  6. Must be enrolled in any of the following Security Bank-partner schools in NCR: Ateneo de Manila University, Chiang Kai Shek College, De La Salle University-Manila, Far Eastern University-Manila, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, University of the Philippines-Diliman, University of Santo Tomas
  • Requirements:
  1. Duly accomplished online application form
  2. Latest Grade 12 report card with GWA
  3. Parents’ or guardians’ latest income tax return/Parents’ or guardians’ Certificate of Indigency
  4. Proof of Application for Admission in any of the 8 partner schools
  5. Birth Certificate
  6. Portrait photo or 2” x 2” (white background)
  • Benefits:
  1. Stipend: Php 10,000 per month for a maximum of 10 months (public school); Php 5,000 per month for a maximum of 10 months (private school)
  2. Tuition and miscellaneous fees: Maximum of Php 100,000 per year (private school only)
  3. Internship opportunities, involvement in corporate social responsibility activities, and attendance to learning sessions provided by partner institutions
  • How to apply for Security Bank Foundation’s Scholars for Better Communities Program.

Step 1: Apply online. Use this link for the online application.

Step 2: Wait for your application to be validated. Valid applications are endorsed by Security Bank Foundation to respective scholarship coordinators of partner schools.

Step 3: Validate your data indicated in the application form. Security Bank Foundation will reach you through a phone call or email for you to validate your data.

Step 4: Prepare for an online interview. If you pass the first level of application (Steps 1 to 3) you will be interviewed by Security Bank Foundation.

Step 5: Wait for the result. If you passed the application process, you will be notified through your active contact information stated in your application form.

Step 6: Sign the contract. To confirm your qualification, you must sign their scholarship contract.

4. Aboitiz Scholarship Program.

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  • Description: Since 2001, Aboitiz Foundation has helped financially challenged students reach their dreams through its own scholarship program. To qualify, scholars must pursue degree programs in data science, digital transformation, engineering, information technology, sales, e-commerce, agriculture, or nutrition.
  • Qualifications:
  1. Incoming freshman pursuing any degree identified by the foundation
  2. GWA of 88% and no failing grade in all subjects
  3. Does not have record of any disciplinary action
  • Requirements:
  1. Aboitiz Scholarship Program Application
  2. Certified True Copy of applicant’s Senior High School Card
  3. Recommendation letter (from the Principal)
  4. GWA/GPA certification with percentage equivalent
  5. Certifications supporting leadership experience and awards received
  • Benefits:
  1. Full tuition fee
  2. Monthly allowance
  3. Board Review fees (for degree programs with board exam)
  • How to apply for Aboitiz Scholarship Program.

Step 1: Apply online. Visit Aboitiz Foundation’s official website and look for something that says “Explore Scholarship Opportunities”. Click the link to the online application portal where you can submit all the requirements. If the link is unavailable, it only means the annual application season is already over.

Step 2: Prepare for a panel interview. Applicants will also be screened through a panel interview.

Step 3: Wait for the result. You will be notified via email if you pass the selection process.

5. Globe Acad-Arena Merit Esports Scholarship (GAMES) Competitive and Leadership Category.

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  • Description: This scholarship is the first-ever Philippine merit scholarship program for Filipino Esports students and gamers.
  • Qualifications:
  1. Natural-born Filipino citizen who is not more than 28 years old and must not be in graduating status.
  2. An active member of any of the following  3-star AcadArena Alliance organizations: LG Esports from Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU); TUP GEAR from Technological University of the Philippines (TUP); Malayan Esports Club from Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL); Mapua Gaming Society from Mapua University (MU); Oblation Esports from University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD); Valiant Esports Club from Holy Angel University (HAU); SAGE Esports from University of San Agustin (USA)
  3. Enrolled in an undergraduate degree program
  4. Must have completed at least one academic year on their current campus
  5. Must not have any disciplinary case
  6. Must not have any scholarship contract
  • Requirements: Documentary requirements for GAMES Competitive and Leadership Category will be updated. You may check their official site for updates.
  • Benefits:

The benefits of this scholarship are based on the Gold or Silver Award.

Gold Award:

  1. Maximum of Php 30,000 tuition coverage or Php 5,000 monthly stipend for the current or next active semester for state universities
  2. Maximum of Php 15,000 tuition coverage or Php 3,000 monthly stipend for the current or next active semester for state universities
  • How to apply for Globe Acad-Arena Merit Esports Scholarship (GAMES) Competitive and Leadership Category.

Application Process for GAMES Competitive and Leadership Category will be updated. You may check their official site for updates.


Part III: Scholarship Programs for Graduate Students.

1. Asian Development Bank’s Japan Scholarship Program.

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  • Description: ADB Scholarship offers 140 postgraduate scholarships for the fields related to science and technology, management, economics, and development-related fields.
  • Qualifications:
  1. Must be willing to study in any of the following institutions: Asian Institute of Management or University of the Philippines Los Baños-International Rice Research Institute
  2. At least two (2) years of full-time professional working experience (acquired after a university degree) at the time of application
  3. Not more than 35 years old and in good health
  4. Must be pursuing any of the ADB scholarship-approved fields of study (see image below)
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  • Requirements:
  1. Application Form (MS Word version, PDF version)
  2. Latest Applicant’s Income Tax Return and Certification of Family Income
  3. Latest Certificate of Employment indicating annual/monthly salary 
  • Benefits:
  1. Full tuition fees
  2. Monthly allowance
  3. Book allowance and travel expenses
  4. Medical insurance 
  • How to apply for ADB-Japan Scholarship Program.
  1. Request information. Refer to your selected academic institution as they will assist you with your application.
  2. Submit documentary requirements to the academic institution. Applications should be sent at least six months prior to the planned time that you wish to start studying.
  3. Wait for the application result. You will be notified by the academic institution regarding the status of your application.

2. Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) Scholarship.

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  • Description: ERDT is actually a consortium of eight different universities in the Philippines with a common goal of improving the engineering field in the country. It accomplishes this goal through a scholarship program for those interested in taking Masteral and Doctoral degrees in fields related to engineering and research.
  • Qualifications:
  1. A Filipino citizen not more than 45 years old at the time of application
  2. Have passed the admission requirements of the graduate program supported by ERDT
  3. Must have a Bachelor or Master’s degree in Engineering or a related field
  4. Does not have any criminal or administrative cases
  5. Must take priority S&T Programs in the following institutions:
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  • Requirements:
  1. Application Form
  2. Photocopy of TOR
  3. Recommendation Letters from 3 former professors of the applicant
  4. Birth Certificate and NBI Clearance (original and photocopy)
  5. 1000-word narrative on your current work or research
  6. A 500-word narrative about what you intend to do after earning your graduate degree
  7. Narrative describing your intended research area
  8. Certification of LOA (if employed)
  • Benefits
  1. Tuition and other fees
  2. Stipend (Php 25,000 for Master’s and Php 33,000 for Doctoral)
  3. Book allowance (Php 25,000 per year)
  4. Transportation allowance (Php 10,000 per year)
  5. Thesis or Dissertation allowance (Php 50,000 for Master’s and Php 100,000 for Doctoral)
  6. Insurance coverage
  • How to apply for ERDT Scholarship.

Submit your application form and documentary requirements to the respective offices of the ERDT study placement institution.


Part IV: Scholarship Programs for Specific Fields.

A. Scholarship Programs for Engineering-Related Fields.

1. Phildev Science and Engineering Scholarship.

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  • Description: Phildev aims to increase the science and engineering professionals of the Philippines through its scholarship grant and mentorship program.
  • Qualifications:
  1. Must be enrolled with Phildev partner school.
  2. Must be pursuing a degree program in science, technology, engineering, agriculture, or mathematics
  3. Must have a GWA of 90%
  4. Annual Family Gross Income of not more than Php 500,000
  • Benefits:
  1. Financial assistance (tuition fee and allowance)
  2. Mentorship program (virtual skill-based forum, partnership mentoring program with Intel Filipino Employee Network)

If you’re interested to apply, contact Phildev through this link.

2. Marine’s Dugtong Aral (Bridging) Program.

  • Description: A scholarship program for graduates of BS Mechanical Engineering and BS Electrical Engineering who want to pursue BS Marine Engineering.
  • Qualifications:

Applicant must be any of the following:

  1. OFW-seafarers who are active members of OWWA
  2. Immediate dependents/beneficiaries of OFWs, both land-based and sea-based, who are active or former members of OWWA
  3. Next-of-kin of OFWs up to the first degree of consanguinity
  • Requirements:
  1.  Birth Certificate/Proof of Relation to the OFW
  2. Transcript of Records
  3. Declaration of no current and pending application for scholarship with OWWA and other NGAs/NGOs

Other details regarding this scholarship are still to be updated. Refer to this site for updates.

B. Scholarship Programs for Accounting- and Finance-Related Fields.

If you’re aspiring to be a future CPA and need a scholarship program, consider applying to these scholarship grants:

  1. SM Foundation Inc. Scholarship
  2. Aboitiz Scholarship
  3. Metrobank Foundation Scholarship
  4. Security Bank Foundation’s Scholars for Better Communities Program 

C. Scholarship Programs for Health-Related Fields (Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery).

1. Doktor Para sa Bayan Act (Republic Act 11509).

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  • Description: This law2 provides a full scholarship to qualified students who are aspiring to be a doctor. In return, scholars will serve their community for six to seven years. According to this law, there will be at least one scholar from each municipality of the country.

Related: How to Become a Doctor in the Philippines: An Ultimate Guide

  • Qualifications:
  1. Must be a Filipino living and studying in the Philippines
  2. Must have completed or currently finishing a course suitable for a medicine degree from any institution recognized by the Commission on Higher Education
  3.  Must have passed an entrance exam to a medical school
  4. Must have taken National Medical Admission Test and obtained a score mandated by CHED and required by the educational institution where scholar wants to study
  • Benefits:
  1. Free tuition and other fees
  2. Allowance (book allowance, transportation allowance, etc.)
  3. Financial assistance during the mandatory internship
  4. Financial assistance for medical board review fees
  5. Financial assistance for licensure fees
  6. Annual medical insurance

2. Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Programs.

 If you’re planning to take nursing or midwifery as your undergraduate degree, you may consider these scholarship programs:

D. Scholarship Programs for Agriculture-Related Fields.

Agricultural workers are the underrated backbones of our economy as their expertise ensures food stability for our present and future generations. This section will present available scholarships for those who want to complete a degree or non-degree program related to agriculture.

1. DA-ATI Scholarship Programs.

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The Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Training Institute is offering degree and non-degree programs3 for undergraduate students, government employees, and out-of-school youths.

Deserving high school graduates from impoverished farming and fishing families can pursue a more financially rewarding career in agriculture by being part of the Youth in Agriculture and Fisheries Program (YAFP). Qualified students can use the scholarship to obtain an agriculture-related degree from State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), private colleges, and universities approved by the ATI Capability Building Program Committee.

If you’re a permanent government employee of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), or Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), you can also consider taking advantage of the DA-ATI’s 18-month postgraduate scholarship. This program will earn you a Master in Public Management major in Rural Development (MPM-RD) degree, giving you the qualification needed to take the role of a manager who is more adept at dealing with the rural development sector.

Out-of-school youths and high school graduates who don’t have time to commit to a degree program can also take short-term non-degree programs for upskilling purposes.

The first one is the two-year Youth Empowerment Through a Sustainable Program (YESP) which will help breed a new generation of farmers by equipping students with knowledge and skills in entrepreneurship and agriculture technology. There’s also the Young Filipino Farmers Training Program in Japan (YFTTPJ) where participants with at least two years of farming experience will learn technical knowledge and skills in agricultural and cooperative management and be exposed to Japanese work culture and values.

2. DA-BAR Degree Scholarship Program.

If you’re into research and development, you can join the Degree Scholarship Program (DSP) of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR)4.

Designed to help enrich the fields of agriculture and fisheries in the country, this merit-based scholarship grant will enable you to study in one of the premier universities considered as Centers of Excellence. These include the University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, Ateneo de Manila University, Central Luzon State University, Visayas State University, University of Southern Mindanao, and Mindanao State University.

Should you become a scholar, you’ll be given financial assistance to help you complete your thesis/dissertation. After all, the goal of this program is to produce experts who can develop agriculture technologies through applied research.

3. DOST-PCAARRD Human Resource Development Program.

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The Department of Science and Technology’s Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) is offering scholarships5 to enhance the competency of those working for government agencies that are focused on agriculture.

If you’re a permanent government employee in any of the member agencies under NAARRDN (National Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research and Development Network), you can apply for one of the following programs:

  • Graduate Research and Education Assistantship for Technology (GREAT) Program – provides technical and financial support to help graduate students complete their research/thesis. Benefits include tuition (and other school fees), transportation allowance, thesis/dissertation budget of up to Php 100,000, and graduation fees.
  • Thesis/Dissertation Assistance – is financial support given to Masters and Ph.D. students from NAARRDN-member institutions and non-DOST-PCAARRD scholars. A budget of up to Php 100,000 is up for grabs to finance your thesis/dissertation, provided the research conducted targets one of DOST-PCAARRD’s priority areas.
  • Re-Entry Grant for Returning Scholars – is a program that enables newly graduated DOST-PCAARRD scholars returning to their respective agencies to pursue a research and development project related to their thesis/dissertation. Financial support of up to Php 250,000 and Php 150,000 is available for Ph.D. and Masters scholars, respectively.

To learn more about the above scholarships and other DOST-PCAARRD programs, go here.

4. SEARCA’s Graduate Study Program.

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The SEARCA (Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study in Agriculture) offers full MS and Ph.D. scholarships to citizens of SEAMEO member countries, including the Philippines. As of this writing, a total of 1,736 full post-graduate scholarships have been granted to scholars who pursued advanced studies in agriculture, forestry, and related sciences6.

Before you can apply for this scholarship, you must first meet the following qualification requirements:

  • Must be a regular employee of a government agency or an academic/research institution;
  • Must not be older than 35 (if you’re taking a Master’s Degree) or 40 (if you’re taking a Ph.D.) at the time of application;
  • Must be pursuing a degree in agriculture, forestry, or related sciences;
  • The proposed thesis research should focus on SEARCA’s theme (Accelerating Transformation Through Agricultural Innovation) with priority areas in Agri-Business Models for Increased Productivity and Income, Sustainable Farming Systems and Natural Resource Management, Food and Nutrition Security, Transformational Leadership for Agricultural and Rural Development (ARD), Gender and Youth Engagement in ARD, Enhanced ARD towards Climate Resilience, EcoHealth/One Health Applications to ARD.

If qualified, scholars can pursue their studies at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in Los Baños, Laguna, or other partner institutions all over Southeast Asia.

The scholarship will cover the student’s tuition and other school fees; travel allowance; thesis/dissertation expenses; book and supplies allowance; health insurance; and stipend for food, lodging, and incidental expenses, among others.

5. Land Bank of the Philippines’ Gawad Patnubay Scholarship Program.

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The LANDBANK Gawad Patnubay (Gawad Pag-aaral Tungo sa Maunlad na Bayan) Scholarship Program was established to benefit not only the students but also the communities they belong to.

The scholarship provides financial assistance to underprivileged but deserving students who will pursue degrees related to agriculture and fisheries. By producing new breeds of thought leaders in agriculture, the scholarship program will indirectly support the agricultural sector and create sustainable food sources in rural areas.

The program is funded by LANDBANK itself and through the voluntary salary contribution of its employees7. In addition to the scholarship, the program also offers additional support to help new graduates transition to employment. This Education-to-Employment (E2E) component includes a 10-week internship program which is divided into 3 weeks of lectures, seminars, and personality and professional development activities and another 7 weeks of fieldwork in LANDBANK or in other partner institutions.

To qualify, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a Filipino citizen;
  • Must not be a beneficiary of another existing scholarship program;
  • Must have passed the entrance exam or be currently enrolled in one of the 17 partner schools;
  • Must be taking up an agriculture-related course;
  • Preferably a dependent of an active member of one of the small farmer and fisher cooperatives currently being supported by LANDBANK or LCDFI, or of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) and Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs);
  • Must have an annual total family income that doesn’t exceed Php 300,000, as attested by BIR Income Tax Return (ITR), except in some cases like a household with six or more children and other exemptions to be determined by the selection committee;
  • Must have a general weighted average (GWA) of at least 2.5 or equivalent in each semester, with no grades lower than 3.0 or its equivalent in any subject.

To learn about the updated list of requirements, application process, and deadline of application, please visit the LandBank website or send an inquiry to [email protected]

6. International Scholarships.

Do you want to study abroad and then use your international education to enrich the agricultural sector in the Philippines? Choose from the following graduate scholarships offered by different universities all over the world:

E. Scholarship Programs for Aspiring Lawyers.

Aspiring lawyers may consider applying to these scholarships offered by various institutions:

Related: How to Become a Lawyer in the Philippines: A Definitive Guide

F. Scholarship Programs for Teaching-Related Fields.

If you are looking for a scholarship program to assist you while pursuing a teaching career, you may consider these undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship programs:


Part V: International Scholarship Programs for Filipinos Who Want to Study Abroad.

1. PhilFrance DOST Fellowship Program.

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  • Description: This program gives Filipinos the opportunity to pursue a Master’s or Doctorate degree in France. Scholars must enroll in a public higher education institution under the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education, and Research in France.
  • Qualifications:
  1. Must be a Filipino citizen not older than 50 years old and in good health
  2. Must be a holder of a higher education diploma
  3. Must have an excellent academic background
  4. Must have passed the admission requirements for graduate studies in any of the public universities in France
  • Requirements:
  1. Application Form
  2. Photocopy of Birth Certificate
  3. Photocopy of TOR
  4. Endorsement letter from two former professors
  5. Medical Certificate (from a licensed physician with PRC license number indicated)
  6. NBI Clearance
  7. Program of Study
  8. Budgetary Requirements and Narrative of the Re-entry plan
  • Benefits:
  1. Monthly living allowance
  2. One-round trip economy fare from residence to the place of study
  3. Relocation and Pre-travel allowance
  4. Thesis/Dissertation allowance
  5. University registration fees
  6. Healthcare package throughout the stay in the French Republic
  7. Visa fees
  8. Priority access to student housing facilities
  • How to apply for PhilFrance DOST Fellowship Program.

Submit your documentary requirements to [email protected] 

  • OTHER INFORMATION: The application for PhilFrance DOST Fellowship Program 2021 is already closed. Check out the official website to get updates about the next application period.

2. Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship.

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  • Description: The Japanese government, through its Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, also offers scholarship programs to qualified international students who want to study as undergraduate students in the Land of the Rising Sun. The Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship provides scholarship grants to foreign students selected on the recommendation of the Japanese Embassy, University, or Authority. Under this scholarship program is the Young Leaders’ Program (YLP) which aims to be the training ground for future Asian leaders. You may apply for this scholarship program if you want to earn an international diploma in one of the following fields:
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  • Qualifications:
  1. Born on or after April 02, 1997
  2. Graduated from high school in March 2021
  3. Capable to learn and receive instruction in the Japanese language
  4. Must choose a field of study covered by the scholarship
  • Requirements:
  1. Application Form
  2. Copies of Transcript of Records and Certificate of Graduation
  3. Medical Certificate
  4. Recommendation letter from either a class teacher or principal of the last school attended
  5. Certificate of enrollment and Certificate of university enrollment qualification examination  (only for those enrolled in a university)
  6. Certificate of language proficiency

Note: The list of documents stated above is just an overview. You may read this pdf file for a detailed discussion of the scholarship requirements.

  • Benefits:
  1. 117,000 yen per month (or Php 51,386.40 per month)
  2. Supplemental regional allowance of 2,000 or 3,000 yen per month
  3. Other education fees and travel expenses

Note: The amount of payment is subject to change every fiscal year.

  • How to apply for Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship.

Step 1: Submit documentary requirements. Mail your application package to the following address:


Japan Information and Culture Center

Embassy of Japan

2627 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City 1300

Step 2: Wait for the result. If your application is shortlisted, you will be contacted for an exam and interview.

Step 3: Take the exam and interview. The date of the exam and interview is to be announced.

  1. Application forms can be downloaded here.
  2. For sample exam questions with answer keys, check out this page.

3. Fulbright Philippines Scholarship Program.

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  • Description: Fulbright provides scholarships for Filipinos who want to pursue master’s or doctoral degrees in the United States. 
  • Qualifications:
  1. Filipino citizen
  2. Proficient in the English language
  3. Excellent academic performance in an undergraduate degree
  4. At least two years of professional work
  5. In good health
  6. Does not hold US dual citizenship
  7. The scholar must pursue the following fields of study:
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  • Requirements:
  1. Application Form
  2. Official or certified Transcript of Records from previous colleges/universities attended
  3. Three letters of reference (details are included in the online application)
  4. NBI clearance (acquired within the last 6 months, PDF file)
  • Benefits:
  1. Round-trip international travel
  2. Monthly allowance
  3. Tuition fees
  4. Book allowance and health insurance
  • How to apply for Fulbright Philippines Scholarship Program.

Step 1: Apply online. The online application can be accessed through this link.

Step 2: Upload documentary requirements. You may upload them to the online application portal.

  1. The application for this scholarship is open from December to March each year.
  2. Fulbright offers other scholarship programs for postgraduate studies. Refer to this site for details.

Tips and Warnings.

  • Secure your requirements as early as possible. Some requirements take weeks or even months to process and any delay might affect your application process. Thus, it will give you an edge if you secure them early.
  • Keep an eye on scholarship openings. Make it a habit to regularly check the internet for possible scholarship programs.
  • Study hard. Applying for a scholarship means you need to have impressive grades. Thus, studying hard must be part of your lifestyle.
  • Apply to different scholarship programs. Increase your odds of getting a scholarship by sending your application to multiple scholarship programs. 
  • Get updates from your university’s scholarship office. Most universities have offices that help students with their scholarship applications. They provide updates regarding scholarship openings whether it is a government or private scholarship, 

Frequently Asked Questions.

1. How do I pass a scholarship interview?

Here are some tips on how to pass a scholarship interview:

  • Practice answering some common interview questions. These include questions asking you to introduce yourself, why you deserve this scholarship, what is your goal, what you know about the program, etc.
  • Use the language you are more comfortable with (if applicable). You will sound more confident if you are using the language you are more comfortable with. However, if the interview requires you to speak in English, then it’s common sense to start practicing how to answer interview questions in English.
  • Be confident and calm. Take deep breaths before starting, have a good posture, and confidently respond to each question.

Related: How to Pass Call Center Interview (with Sample Questions and Answers)

2. How to write an essay that answers the question “Why do you deserve this scholarship”?

To write an essay about this topic, follow these tips:

  • State your circumstances. Explain your family’s current financial status, source of income, and dependents who are also studying.
  • State how qualified you are. Impress your reader by telling your skills, academic achievements, and experiences. 
  • Explain how the scholarship will contribute to your growth. State that the scholarship will help you achieve your goal to be a professional and will enable you to contribute to the community.

3. My parents can’t provide an Income Tax Return (ITR). What should I do?

Some documents are allowed by different scholarship programs as alternatives to ITR. Examples are the Certificate of Indigency and Certificate of Tax Exemption from BIR. It is helpful to refer to the application guidelines to determine these alternative documents.

4. Do I need to pass a college entrance exam first before applying for a scholarship program?

It depends on the guidelines of the scholarship you wish to apply for. However, scholarship programs such as DOST-SEI undergraduate scholarships and CHED scholarships allow you to send your application before passing a college entrance exam.



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  2. Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Republic Act No. 11509 (“Doktor Para sa Bayan Act”) (2020).
  3. Scholarship Programs. Retrieved 29 July 2021, from
  4. Papa, A. (2021). Available local and foreign agricultural scholarships for graduate students. Retrieved 29 July 2021, from
  5. Graduate Assistanships & Non-degree Trainings. (2021). Retrieved 30 July 2021, from
  6. Joint Graduate Scholarships. Retrieved 7 August 2021, from
  7. Gawad Patnubay Scholarship Program. Retrieved 7 August 2021, from

Jewel Kyle Fabula

Jewel Kyle Fabula is a Bachelor of Science in Economics student of the University of the Philippines Diliman. His passion for learning mathematics developed as he competed in some mathematics competitions during his Junior High School years. He loves cats, playing video games, and listening to music.

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