Professional Advancement Grants

The Professional Advancement Grants is a program under the K to 12 Transition Program to allow teaching and non-teaching personnel of different Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to partake in different non-degree programs to further enhance their competencies to better serve their institutions, hence, contribute to the improvement of higher education in the country.



Graduate Certificate / Diploma Programs


Leadership Development Programs

HEI faculty and staff may take up certificate/diploma courses at the graduate level to deepen their expertise in a specialized area. Further, ladderized programs that lead toward the attainment of a graduate degree are also allowed.

Recipients of the grant from previous cycles were able to finish programs related to their own fields of instruction / disciplines. These programs include:

  • Research Training on Forest Ecology;
  • Short Training on Multidisciplinary Course on Building Design and
  • Engineering Approaches to Airborne Infection Control;
  • Geneva Summer Schools on Understanding Humanitarian Action;
  • Community Linguist Certificate; and
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education
HEI faculty and staff who are currently holding or preparing for leadership positions in their respective institutions may pursue leadership development programs offered b y reputable business, professional or higher education institutions in the Philippines and abroad . This may include executive education programs, executive development programs, and fellowships in leadership, among others.

Two cohorts of top level school administrators from different HEIs finished the Top Management Program at the Asian Institute of Management in 2016 and 2017. A separate group also finished a course on leadership development for mid-career faculty and administrators from Asian colleges and universities through the United Board Fellows Program

Grant Privileges

For programs taken in the Philippines (Local) Actual Cost of Tuition First Tranche (80%) upon submission and acceptance of all documentary requirements including a signed, notarized, and obligated Scholarship Agreement

Second Tranche (20%) upon submission of a Liquidation Report and Official Receipts of all expenses incurred for the duration of the program.

For programs taken outside the Philippines (Abroad) Maximum of USD 10,000
(Ten thousand US Dollars) which will be based on an Approved Work and Financial Plan.

*foreign exchange rate based on Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Bulletin on date of fund obligation

Priority Areas




Courses on new developments in pedagogy and andragogy, including the use of technology and other high impact educational practices. Courses to facilitate upgrading of research through advanced courses in qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods research including training on techniques and corresponding technologies in data collection and analysis and issues related to the deeper philosophy of science/knowledge. Courses on further studies on cybersecurity using the most updated standards and technology. Programs on artificial intelligence and its applications to industry and education will also be supported. Courses on further studies on energy efficiency, carbon sequestration, industry best practices and standards, and emerging green technologies.

Priority Groups

Displaced Filipino and Panitikan Faculty Members
Receive training for viable career opportunities focusing on the use of Filipino language.

With the preempted displacement or reduction of load of personnel teaching General Education and Panitikan courses due to the implementation of CMO 20, the Commission seeks to aid the said faculty members in exploring new opportunities.

HEI Personnel from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM)
Finish courses with specialized training on facilitating the establishment or realignment of educational institutions.

With the present transition of several provinces to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the Commission commits itself in providing assistance and support to the Higher Education through prioritizing HEIs from the said region.

Faculty Development for HEIs in Underserved Areas
Take up courses and programs depending on the need of your institution.

With the aim of ensuring proper representation of small institutions and underserved areas, the program seeks to put high regard on the application of individuals from small HEIs, especially coming from underserved areas.

First time applicants
All personnel who have not received any grant from the K to 12 Transition Program of the Commission will be given priority.
Applicants who wish to apply to programs and courses
not under the identified priorities are still welcome to apply.

Eligibility of Applicants

Program Qualification

  • Faculty or non-teaching personnel from CHED-recognized HEIs;
  • Filipino citizen;
  • Not more than 60 years old;
  • Preferably at least a master’s degree holder;
  • With strong academic record;
  • Must be in good health and of good moral character;
  • Must not have been convicted for violation of any Philippine Law;
  • Must fulfill all the Terms and Conditions of the grant
  • The applicant must be able to demonstrate the suitability of the course taken and its relevance to his/her teaching specialization, research, creative or extension practice. A profile of the program must be provided by the applicant by filling out the relevant fields in the application portal.
  • The program must be delivered by a CHED-recognized HEI or a reputable HEI affiliate, business or professional organization in the Philippines or abroad.
Deadline of Application
December 3, 2019


CHED Memorandum Order

CMO No. 25, s. of 2016
Guidelines for Professional Advancement and Postdoctoral Study Grants for Faculty and Staff During the K to 12 Transition Period

Frequently Asked Questions

Will scholars be allowed to take any non-degree course in any HEI/Professional Organization?

No. The Commission will only award professional advancement grants to those who will pursue non-degree courses related to their fields of specialization. Moreover, the Commission will only award said grants to HEI faculty and staff who will undertake professional advancement programs in reputable local and foreign HEIs and professional organizations.

Does a prospective scholar need to be admitted to a non-degree program before s/he can apply for a grant??

No. Prospective scholars may apply for a professional advancement grant while they are in the process of being admitted to their program of choice. However, successful grant applicants would need to have been already accepted to their program in order to receive their funding.

What are the benefits of the grant?

The grant for local professional advancement programs shall cover actual tuition cost only. Meanwhile, applicants may seek up to USD 10,000.00 in financial support for a professional advancement program delivered by a higher education institution/professional organization abroad.