DAAD – SEARCA Scholarship Programme – 2024/25

DAAD – SEARCA Scholarship Programme – 2024/25 | Natural Resources Management and Food Sciences

This fully funded scholarship in Natural Resources Management and Food Sciences was started in 1975-1976 in partnership with DAAD and SEARCA (Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture).

As of Academic year 2023/2024, DAAD and SEARCA have awarded 419 Southeast Asian nationals from Cambodia (19), Indonesia (91), Lao PDR (10), Malaysia (15), Myanmar (30), Philippines (100), Thailand (82), Timor Leste (26) and Vietnam (46). Among these 419 scholarships,206 pursued their MS, 208 pursued their Ph.D., and 5 enrolled in Non-degree programs.

Objectives of DAAD – SEARCA Scholarship:

By training future academic professionals and leaders, the scholarship contributes to the following long-term impacts.

  • Qualified professionals’ involvement in solving development-related problems
  • Graduates strengthening education and research in Southeast Asia
  • Structural strengthening and regional networking of partner institutions and universities


  • Must be a national of Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Timor Leste, and Vietnam
  • Must be a staff member of a public university or a candidate considered for teaching or research staff recruitment, or from the public sector
  • For Masters, the age should not be more than 35, and for PhD, the age should be not more than 40.
  • Last university qualification must be completed not more than 6 years at the time of application
  • The proposed thesis research should focus on SEARCA’s overarching theme of https://www.searca.org/what-we-do
  • Research topics must fall within the following areas: –
    • Agri-Business Models for Increased Productivity and Income
    • Sustainable Farming Systems and Natural Resource Management
    • Food and Nutrition Security
    • Transformational Leadership for Agricultural and Rural Development (ARD)
    • Gender and Youth Engagement in ARD
    • Enhanced ARD towards Climate Resilience
    • EcoHealth / One Health Applications to ARD

Scholarship Benefits:

  • Tuition Fee
  • Study and research allowance
  • Printing allowance
  • Stipend for food
  • Lodging expenses
  • Incidental expenses
  • Travel allowance
  • Insurance

Note: The scholarship holders are also encouraged to apply for research grants in Germany for 2 to 6 months, at the time of application. The short-term research scholarship includes the: –

  • A monthly scholarship payment for living costs
  • Health/accident / personal liability insurance
  • A flat-rate travel allowance

Study Posts:

Effective AY 2024-2015, any of the following universities may serve as study posts for new masters and doctoral scholarship recipients under this scholarship for the indicated major fields: –

Institute Pertanian Bogor (IPB University)Indonesia –          Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Kasetsart University (KU)Thailand –          Sustainable Land Use and Natural Resources Management
Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)Indonesia –          Food Science / Food Science and Technology (MS Only)–          Planning and Management of Coastal Area and Watershed / Geography
University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB)Philippines –          Environmental Science–          Food Science
University Putra Malaysia (UPM)Malaysia –          Environmental Biotechnology –          Environmental Engineering

–          Environmental System and Modeling

–          Food Science / Food Science and Technology

Recommended: Youth Policy Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Application Requirements:

  • DAAD and https://ischo.searcaapps.org/v2/available-scholarships forms to be filled out online.
  • CV
  • One recommendation letter for MS and two for PhD by University Professors
  • Notice of university admission or proof of application to the university
  • Academic records
  • Motivational Letter (1-2 pages for MS and 1-3 pages for PhD)
  • Passport
  • For research-based MS/Ph.D. Program: a timetable for course-based MS/Ph.D. program; semestral / term schedule and timetable
  • Brief description of the research
  • Medical certificate
  • Official endorsement from the employer
  • Proof of English Proficiency (IELTS result 6.0, TOEFL iBT result 80)
  • For PhD candidates, the following additional documents are required: –
    • Declaration and acceptance from the academic supervisor or commitment letter from the intended post that a supervisor will be assigned
    • PhD proposal (8-10 pages)
    • A one-page abstract of the proposal

Key Dates:

  • 12 January 2024 via SEARCA portal
  • 31 January 2024 via DAAD portal

Note: Applications submitted through other channels or to other authorities will not be considered.

Contact information:

Education and Collective Learning – Graduate Scholarship and Institutional Development (ECL-GSID)
Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)
College, Los Baños, 4031 Laguna, Philippines
Tel: +63 49 554 9330 to 39; +63 49 536 2290; +63 49 572 3743; +63 2 8657 1300 to 02 local 2200 to 2203
Fax: +63 49 536 7097
Email: gsid@searca.org\

Official Link:  SEARCA