With the successful initial rollout of the Fulbright-CHED Scholarships, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF) officially announced the call for applications for the second batch of Fulbright-CHED scholars for 2018-2019.
The launch came after CHED and PAEF formalized their continued partnership through a Ceremonial Signing of the Renewed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) held at Makati City earlier today.
The Fulbright-CHED Scholarships enable qualified faculty and staff from higher education institutions (HEIs) to pursue master’s and doctoral studies, including thesis or dissertation research, in academic institutions in the United States.
“We are truly grateful for PAEF, and of course the US Embassy, for working with us in this endeavor. Indeed, the Fulbright-CHED Scholarship program not only enriches the personal and professional development of our faculty and staff, but also pays homage to the long lasting commitment between the Philippines and the Unites States to improve the quality of higher education in the country,” Chairperson Licuanan said.
The Chairperson is also looking forward to develop the second batch of Fulbright-CHED scholars into leaders in their respective fields, institutions, and communities.
“Following our first year of implementation, what has truly moved and encouraged us has been the stories of our grantees. The research studies they plan to undertake are full of promise. Aside from their own professional development, they are really centered on developing a positive impact in their communities,” she added.
The partnership between CHED and PAEF formally started last September 20, 2016, establishing the Fulbright-CHED Scholarships. Of the total 72 applications received, 17 were approved and will be taking their graduate degrees in diverse range of disciplines, including but not limited to Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Agricultural Education, Fisheries Technology, and Maritime Law and Policy.
Ms. Joice V. San Andres, a Fulbright-CHED scholar from Central Luzon State University, shared her reflection on what the scholarship means to her professionally and to her students.
“The CHED-Fulbright Program has an important role in molding educators in the Philippine tertiary level as world-class academicians and researchers that will mentor Filipino students to become globally-competitive,” said San Andres.
The Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF)
PAEF is a non-profit, binational organization administering prestigious scholarships and programs including the Fulbright Scholarship Program, Hubert H. Humphrey fellowships, and other educational exchange initiatives.