Partial Support for Foreign Master’s and Doctoral Studies


Eligibility and Requirements→
Application Process→

The Commission recognizes the reality that many highly competent HEI Faculty and Staff apply and gain admission to top-ranking HEIs abroad, but remain constrained by lack of resources for tuition, lodging and other expenses. Support shall thus be made available to these prospective scholars through partial and tiered funding support, awarded on the basis of merit.

Opportunities for graduate studies abroad are made available in view of faculty development through:

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Types of Grants Available


Start-up Grants


Partial Support for Master’s, Doctoral,
and Ph.D. Sandwich Programs

Successful applicants shall be reimbursed the costs of required exams such as the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and/or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Faculty/staff who have already been accepted to a program in a university abroad but are hindered from pursuing their studies due to insufficient funds may apply for additional funding. Up to Php 1,000,000 may be requested for a doctorate degree.

For the Ph.D. Sandwich Program, scholars with complete coursework in a local institution may conduct dissertation research for a year in a host institution abroad. Up to Php 1,500,000 may be requested.


Priority Fields

Agricultural Education

Aquaculture, Biodiversity Conservation, Capture Fisheries, Food Security, Forest Restoration, Forest and Climate Change Studies, Plantation Development, Resource Management, Watershed Management, Agri-technology and Post-Harvest Processing

Architecture, Fine Arts, and Related Programs

Future Cities, Urban and Regional Planning, Public Works Planning and Development, Transportation Studies, Ecological Landscape – Architecture, Land Use Planning, Landscape Ecology, Tropical/Cultural Landscape Architecture, Urban and Countryside Landscape

Business Management

Business Analytics, Business Ethics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource Management, Organizational Development, Tourism Management (Ph.D Level)

Criminal Justice Education

Administration of Justice and Security, Cybersecurity, Forensic Science


Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic and Communications Engineering, Materials Engineering / Synthetic Products, Mechatronics and Robotics, Materials Science Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Sanitary Engineering, Transportation Engineering

Health Profession Education

Health and Life Sciences, Health/Medical Informatics, Health Communications, Epidemiology, Health Innovation and Translational Medicine, Health Regulatory Sciences (including Pharma and Medical Device Law, Regulatory Compliance), Health Financing, Medical Anthropology, Mental Health, Medical Technology; Occupational Health, Pharmacogenomics; Public Health, Radiology, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Sport Science

Information Technology

Interactive Media, Data Science, Digital Animation, Game Development, Digital Innovation Creativity, Systems Analysis

Maritime Education

Maritime Affairs and Diplomacy, Maritime Evaluation and Assessment, Naval Architecture, Ship Design and Construction, Ship Superintendence.

Science and Math

Biotechnology, Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, Computational Bilogy and Quantitative Genetics, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Energy Studies, Environmental Sciences, Geosciences, Geology, Marine Biology, Math and Applied Math, Meteorology, Molecular Biology, Nano Sciences, Renewable Energy Studies, Risk and Vulnerability Studies, Statistics and Applied Statistics.

Social Sciences

Anthropology, Archaeology, Conflict and Development, Demography and Population Studies, Ethics and Human Rights, Economics and Applied Economics (e.g Behavioural Economics, Development Economics, International Economics, Environmental Economics, Health Economics, etc), Gender Studies, Studies of Ethnicity and Religions, Ethnology and Linguistics, Humanitarian Studies, Communication and Applied Studies in Communication (e.g. Media Research, Broadcast Communication, Etc.) Convergence Media, Media and Information Literacy, Psychology, Social Welfare and Development


Alternative Learning System/Distance Education, Adult Education, Early Childhood Education, Higher Education Curriculum Studies, Education Policy, Educational Leadership, Lifelong Learning, Education Technology and Innovation, Special and Inclusive Education

Public Management and Governance

Government and Peace Building, International Relations and Transnational Issues, International Business, International Law, International Development, Public Policy




  • Be a Filipino citizen
  • Not be more than 42 years old for applicants to master’s degree programs, not more than 40 years old for applicants to doctoral degree programs.
  • Hold at least a bachelor’s degree for applicants to master’s degree program or a master’s degree for applicants to doctoral degree program
  • Demonstrate strong academic record
  • Be in good health and of good moral character
  • Have no pending criminal charges, and must not have been convicted for violation of any Philippine Law
  • Has been accepted to the prospective HEI abroad
  • Be required by his/her SHEI to render return service through a notarized written undertaking.
  • Application Form
  • Curriculum Vitae (CHED Template)
  • Letter of acceptance to the relevant program
  • Letter of award of scholarship (if applicable), and/or proof of other source of funds
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Certified true copy of the Transcript of Records
  • Letter of Endorsement from the Dean of the respective school or college
  • Study Plan (For Partial Support only) (CHED Template)
  • Work and Financial Plan (CHED Template)
  • Re-entry Plan (CHED Template)
  • Notarized Return Service Agreement (signed by the University President or Head of the HEI) (CHED Template)
  • Proof of Citizenship
  • Medical Certificate


Process of Application

  1. Prospective scholars must first qualify for the relevant program and/or scholarship for which they are seeking additional funding from the Commission
  2. Submit accomplished application form
  3. Submit accomplished requirements (please see checklist of requirements)
  4. Submit the documentary requirements to the CHED K to 12 Transition Program Management Unit (PMU) by courier and as well as through email to

Only COMPLETE applications will be considered.



CHED Memorandum Order

CMO No. 22, s. 2016
Guidelines for Foreign Scholarships for Graduate Studies for Faculty and Staff During the K to 12 Transition Period

CMO No. 39, s. 2016
Addendum and Amendment to CMO No. 22 Series of 2016

CMO No. 3, s. 2017
Further Amendments to CMO No. 22, series of 2016 as amended by CMO No. 39, series of 2016


Frequently Asked Questions


Will scholars be allowed to take any graduate program in any HEI abroad?

No. The Commission will only award scholarships to those who will pursue degrees in priority fields identified by the Commission. Please refer to Appendix 2 of CHED Memorandum Order No. 22, series of 2016 for details.

Does a prospective scholar need to be admitted to a graduate program abroad before s/he can apply for the scholarship?

Yes. Prospective scholars will be asked to submit a certificate of acceptance to a specific program in a university abroad as part of the application requirements.

I’m over the age limit. Will I still be considered?

Prospective scholars over the age limit may still apply as long as they provide strong justification to support their application.

When is the deadline of applications?

Applications are accepted on a monthly basis.

Can I still apply for the grant if I am already abroad and in the middle of my studies?

Yes, prospective scholars who have commenced their studies abroad may still submit applications and must have their documentary requirements consularized.

Can I take multiple tests under the start-up grant?

Please note that applicants should have a prospective HEI before applying for the grant. In that manner, we can determine or validate the test(s) to be undertaken. If the HEI requires multiple tests, we can accept a request to fund the examinations.