In line with efforts to support and develop the higher education sector during the K to 12 Transition Period, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) announced today the opening of nominations for scholarships for graduate studies for academic year 2017-2018.

Higher Education institutions (HEIs), public and private, can now begin nominating their deloaded teaching and non-teaching personnel to full local scholarships for master’s or doctoral studies, in which P20,000 and P28,000 monthly living allowance will be provided, respectively, apart from the full coverage of tuition and other fees, among others.

Under CHED’s K to 12 Transition Program, Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan is calling all HEIs, faculty, and staff to take full advantage of the scholarships, emphasizing that opportunities like this only come once-in-a-generation.

“We recognize that the implementation of the K to 12 is taking a toll on enrollment in our institutions, as well as the teaching loads and income of our faculty.  Let’s focus on turning these challenges into opportunities by upgrading their qualifications and skills and keeping them employed. We enjoin all HEIs to explore our scholarships and grants, and work together to address these challenges,” remarked the CHED Chair.

Licuanan clarified that the local scholarships are open to both displaced teaching and non-teaching personnel, as well as to those separated from employment from their HEI because of the K to 12 Program.

Since its full implementation last year, data collected by CHED shows that 3,273 personnel have been displaced from their HEIs. This is significantly lower than the estimated 9,802. In 2016, 6,357 grants were awarded by CHED to help prevent displacement. Meanwhile in 2017, the worst-case scenario projection estimates 12,253 personnel to be displaced.

“While we continue to make significant progress in providing wider access to higher education, we are also making unprecedented investments in our faculty and academic institutions. CHED is equally committed to ensuring that this is access to quality education,” Licuanan added.  

Apart from scholarships, Licuanan also announced that CHED is also accepting applications for the Sectoral Engagement Grants, in which teaching or non-teaching staff may engage in immersion and extension work in industry, civil society, and government partners to align their instruction with actual field practices. To date, there are 234 engagements from a total of 118 partners that prospective applicants may choose from.

Grantees from private HEIs, and/or non-plantilla faculty of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs) who will take part in full-time engagements will receive a non-taxable financial grant ranging from P22,000 to P40,000 per month.

Deadline of nominations and applications for the Scholarships for Graduate Studies-Local and the 2nd quarter rollout of the Sectoral Engagement Grants is on March 31, 2017.

For more information on Scholarships for Graduate Studies-Local, please visit:

For more information on Sectoral Engagement Grants and the list of available engagements and partners, please visit:

Nominations and applications should be submitted via the online portal: