Fulbright-PHL Agriculture Scholarship Program opens for 2017 educational exchange grant
By Venus L. Garcia
BUTUAN CITY, July 23 (PIA) – With a goal to modernize the agriculture and fisheries sectors of the Philippines by developing their human resources base through bilateral educational exchanges between the Philippines and the United States, the Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF) now accepts application for the Fulbright-Philippine Agriculture Scholarship Program (FPASP) for Advanced Research.
The objective of the grant is not only to enable the recipient to pursue a particular field of study but to develop leaders in agriculture and fisheries who can contribute to promoting better understanding between the Philippines and the United States.
Proposals for research will be accepted from the following fields: Agriculture and all its subfields including Fruit and Vegetable Production, Horticulture, Plant Breeding/Genetics, Dairy Science, Pest Control/Entomology, and Animal Nutrition; Agricultural Engineering and its subfields including Forest Engineering, Handling/Processing/Storage of Agricultural Products, Irrigation and Drainage Systems Engineering, Post-Harvest Technology, Soil and Water Engineering, Agricultural Waste Management, and Food Engineering/Process Control; Agricultural Economics and its subfields including Agribusiness, Agricultural Policy, Farm Management, Natural Resource Economics, and Production Economics; Natural Resources and Forestry and their subfields including Forestry, Wood Science, Natural Resource Management, Range Management, Fish/Game/Wildlife Management, Marine Resource Management, Coastal Zone Management, and Environmental Science; Veterinary Medicine and its subfields including Small-Animal Medicine and Large-Animal Medicine; Agricultural Extension; and Fisheries and its subfields including Inland Water Fisheries, Marine Water Fisheries, and Brackish Water Fisheries.
Applicants must be citizens of the Philippines. Filipinos holding dual citizenship (Philippine-American) or permanent U.S. residency are ineligible for grant to the U.S. English proficiency is also required to pursue proposed program in the U.S. Likewise, individuals who are currently studying, working, residing or researching in the United States are not eligible.
While no medical certification is required at the time of application, applicants must be in good health to pursue graduate work in the U.S. Finalists are required to pass a medical examination.
As to grant benefits, the fully funded awards cover international travel, monthly maintenance allowance, dissertation research/professional development allowance, settling-in and in-transit allowances, and accident and sickness insurance. Other requirements can be accessed at www.fulbright.org.ph.
Applicants must return to the Philippines immediately upon completion of their study or research.
New application deadline for the 2017-2018 Fulbright-Philippine Agriculture Scholarship Program (FPASP) for Advanced Research is on August 15, 2016. Printed copy of completed applications must be received at the PAEF on the said date. Grantees are expected to begin their program in the U.S. by September of 2017. (PAEF/VLG/PIA-Caraga)