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Scholarships for graduate studies abroad expose higher education faculty and staff to expertise and training in emerging disciplines that are still in the initial stages of development locally. It also paves the way for leadership in specific sectors, both in the academe and in the practice of particular specializations.

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

Diversifying local expertise across disciplines Exposing college faculty to the variety of education systems Providing avenues for linkages with global counterparts


Available Grants

Start-up Grants

Partial Support for Master’s, Doctorate,
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), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), among others.

Accplication is on a monthly rolling basis. Upon receipt of complete requirements, the results are usually released on the last week of the succeeding month. CHED reimburses successful grantees of total cost of all tests taken and approved.

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 for livng expenses may apply for additional funding.

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.


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
Engineering 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
Education 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



  • Have already gained admission to a top-ranking HEI abroad
  • Have other sources of funding
  • 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
  • Endorsed by the School President or Dean
  • Be required by his/her SHEI to render return service through a notarized written undertaking.



  1. Prospective scholars must have been accepted to the relevant program and/or scholarship for which they are seeking additional funding from the Commission
  2. Submit accomplished requirements:
    Application Form for Start-up Grants
    Application Form for Masters and PhD
    Application Form for Doctoral Sandwich Program
    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
  3. Applicant submits documentary requirements in physical and electronic copies.

    Physical (Personal Delivery/Courier)
    Attn: Scholarships for Graduate Studies Abroad
    Commission on Higher Education
    Higher Education Development Center
    CP Garcia Avenue, UP Diliman, Quezon City 1101

    Electronic (Scanned Copies)

Only COMPLETE applications will be considered.


CHED Memorandum Order

CHED Memorandum no. 22, s. of 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