The top science and engineering universities of the Philippines, represented by their presidents, met with Silicon Valley visionary and PhilDev Chairman Dado Banatao last February 2, 2012 at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City. Comprised of eight universities, the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) Consortium is tasked to produce the country's best and brightest scientists and engineers through graduate and post-graduate-level scholarships. The eight universities in the ERDT Consortium are Ateneo de Manila, Central Luzon State, De La Salle, Mapua Institute of Technology, Mindanao State, University of the Philippines - Diliman and Los Baños, and University of San Carlos.
Formed in 2007, the ERDT Consortium has been tasked to address the need for researchers, scientists and engineers (RSEs) to spur and sustain the economic development of the Philippines. The ERDT Consortium works towards this goal by providing scholarships for students pursuing their Masteral and Doctoral Degrees in the fields of science and engineering, giving priority to areas or tracks that address the needs of the country. The scholarship includes full tuition coverage at any ERDT university (or non-ERDT university approved by the ERDT Consortium), a research grant of P200,000 for MA and P400,000 for PhD scholars, a stipend of P15,000 per month for MA scholars and P23,000 per month for PhD scholars, book allowance of P5,000 per semester, thesis allowance of P30,000 or a dissertation allowance of P60,000, as well as transportation allowance of P10,000 per year.
Fully supported by the previous administration, and now by the administration of President Benigno Aquino III, the Philippine government has committed to support 5,000 scholarships in five years. The ERDT Consortium in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology, through the Science Education Institute, also offers foreign doctorate and post-doctorate scholarships, visiting professorship grants, and research enrichment programs.
To avail of PhilDev SuperFund Scholarship, you must be
1. A Filipino citizen, without any pending immigration application to any foreign country
2. Top 5% of High School graduating class or incoming second year college students with GPA of B and without failing grade.
3. Pursuing Science and Engineering Course.
4. Qualified applicants are admitted to SuperFund Universities partners:
a. University of the Philippines - Diliman and Los Bańos
b. Ateneo de Manila
c. De La Salle University
d. Mapua Institute of Technology
e. Central Luzon State
f. Mindanao State University - Iligan
g. University of San Carlos
5. Good Moral character
6. Good mental, physical and emotional health
The SuperFund Scholarships also include mentorship and enrichment activities such as summer internships and camps. Closely linked with industry, the SuperFund seeks to produce RSEs whose work ultimately leads to innovation and productization. In return, SuperFund Scholars are required to fulfill a service obligation of four to five years in the Philippines.
While ERDT universities are prioritized, the SuperFund Scholarships may be applied at a non-ERDT university, with the SuperFund Committee's approval. Graduate level scholarships may also be available. More information on the SuperFund Scholarships for Science and Engineering will be available on the PhilDev website soon.
Interested students may contact Jo Anne Coruña, Project and Partner Relations Manager of PhilDev, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the SuperFund Scholarships for Science and Engineering.
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